J. Charles Delbeek | C4

J. Charles Delbeek

Charles Delbeek has been caring for marine organisms in closed systems for over 40 years. As a professional aquarist he has worked at the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu and the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco where is currently assistant curator. His professional interests include the ecology and captive husbandry of marine and freshwater fishes, corals, aquatic plants and cephalopods.

A certified SCUBA diver since the age of 14 and accomplished underwater photographer, Charles has made over 500 dives in locations throughout the world including Canada, Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia, Japan, south Korea, the Marshall Islands, Palau, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, the Florida Keys, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Kitts, Thailand and St. Maartin.

Charles has lectured at over 80 aquarium-related conferences and meetings, chaired several professional conference sessions, and published over 125 articles in the popular aquarium and scientific literature in the last 32 years. He served as the moderator of the online Fishnet Marine Aquarium forum on Compuserve from 1987 till 1991 and was one of the pioneers of the reef aquarium hobby since its inception in North America in 1986. In addition to writing a monthly reef aquarium column for Aquarium Fish Magazine from 1997 to 2012 , a bi-monthly column for Advanced Aquarist Online and currently Coral magazine, he has co-authored three popular aquarium books with Julian Sprung, The Reef Aquarium series . The Reef Aquarium was published in 1994, The Reef Aquarium volume 2 was published in 1997, and The Reef Aquarium volume 3 published in 2005, considered by many to be the definitive works in the field.

In addition to his lecturing and writing, Charles has provided consulting services through his company JCD Consulting (www.jcdaquariumdesign.com) to CMS Collaborative, the Georgia Aquarium, Kerzner International, the California Academy of Sciences, the Long Beach Aquarium, Aquatic Design Group, the Horniman Museum, Lazenby Design Associates, Tenji Inc., Ewah Women’s University, Pacific Ecological Systems and Wayne’s Ocean World, Aquarium ASP, as well as to private aquariums.