The September General Meeting of the Milwaukee Aquarium Society will be held at Hoffers Tropic Life on 76th st. and Good Hope rd. on Friday September 19th at 7:30 pm. This month’s meeting will feature Liz Marchio.
Liz has been keeping fish all through childhood but never seriously until 2000. She has worked in every fish-specific aquarium store in Columbus, Ohio where she became involved in the Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts (CAFÉ). During that time she bred and maintained many fish taxa but most notably livebearers, small cichlids, rainbowfish, and shrimp. While living in Columbus she maintained 200+ gallons of aquaria and earned HAP and BAP awards in CAFÉ.
In 2010 she completed her degree in Zoology at Ohio State University then obtained her Masters of Science in 2012 at Southeastern Louisiana University studying Ichthyology. She is now working on her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. Currently she keeps wild-caught livebearing fishes from the highlands of Mexico.
Liz will be presenting a talk entitled “Forest Fishes of the Peruvian Amazon” which will feature her recent international fieldwork and study abroad in the Madre de Dios region of Peru.
Those of you interested in more, she will be presenting on Saturday to MAAH, the other talk will be “Fieldwork in Belize” which will cover another country south of the border, its ichthyofauna, and fieldwork for my Master’s degree thesis which included discerning two potential species of Belonesox livebearers. If you’re interested in international fieldwork and taking a peek into the more scientific realm of ichthyology, these talks are not to be missed.
Liz’s current studies are how the public and biological sciences interact. Once her talk is over, feel free to come and tell her your fish-related stories!
Her website is www.lizmarchio.com and e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fish Bowl is only 65 days away, are you registered yet? Will you be participating in the aquarium decorating contest? Kids 12 and under can enter the Kids Decorating contest free.
BAP, HAP, and donation bags are auctioned off at every general meeting, there are some great finds, and they folks who grew or bred them are happy to chat about them. Nominations for the board will be taken at this meeting too. it’s a big one.
We will meet at Trysting Place following the meeting for bite to eat, and a beverage or two.