MASNA Aquarist of the Year 2018, Jamie Craggs, is currently the Aquarium Curator at the Horniman Museum & Gardens, London, UK. In addition, he is a Science Associate at the Natural History Museum, London and in 2016 was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, the world’s oldest active biological society.
Previously Jamie worked as the Head Aquarist at the London Aquarium during which time he developed his interest in coral biology. Jamie has also worked as an underwater cameraman based in Borneo, filming and photographing the amazing array of species that are found on the coral reefs in the Celebes seas. Since arriving at the Horniman in 2008 he has been improving the working practices, animal welfare standards, and captive breeding programs within the aquarium.
His main research interest is the reproductive biology of reef-building corals and in 2012 he founded PROJECT CORAL, a multi-year research project focused on developing techniques to predictably induce broadcast coral spawning events in closed system aquariums. To date, within the museums closed circuit research systems, gamete (egg and sperm) development has been induced in 17 Acropora species and in-vitro fertilisation capacity developed to produce genetically diverse coral in captivity.
Through developing a deeper understanding of broadcast spawning events in captivity Project Coral aims to support climate change research focusing on reproduction, reef restoration efforts and develop new sustainable coral aquaculture techniques.
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