Dr. Anthony Mazeroll (Death of the Amazon)
I grew up in the Southern California desert (Imperial, CA), the son of a schoolteacher and a housewife. I have been keeping tropical fish since I was 8 years old, with my first aquarium being a 20-gallon metal frame filled with guppies and about 10,000 Malaysian trumpet snails!!!! Since then I have had reef tanks, have bred discus, many species of livebearers, killis, bettas, and cichilds of all types.
At the present time I have a 2-car garage converted into a fishroom with Bettas, wild discus, guppies, plecos, and poison dart frogs. In our family room I built a 500-gallon corner tank that is a Peruvian Amazon biotype filled with fish that I collected myself. At the university I have 3 greenhouses filled with 350 gallon tubs filled with livebearers, African cichlids, and rainbow fishes. I maintain two 400-gallon tubs of daphnia.
From a young age I wanted to study “the ocean”; more specifically fish. Most children go through a phase of being intrigued by the ocean. I just never grew out of it. I primarily study fish ecology of fishes in the Red Sea (Egypt, Israel, and Jordan) but am now population genetics of fishes in the Peruvian Amazon and the impacts of exotic species on native fishes in Peru and Cambodia.
I have taught courses or am teaching courses in Aquaculture, Pathology and Diseases of Fish, Marine Biology, Limnology (Fresh Water), Ichthyology, Fisheries Biology, Conservation Biology, Invasive Biology, Herpetology, Ecology, Evolution, Environmental Science, Botany and Zoology.
- 2012 – present, Director, Amazon Research Center for Ornamental Fishes
- 2001 – present, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
- 1992 – 2000, Assist/Associate Professor of Biology, West Texas A&M University
- 1991 – 1992, Assistant Prof. of Biology, Eastern New Mexico University