Careers in Ichthyology

Choosing a career in ichthyology means deciding to study fishes, sharks, rays, sawfish, and more. Not everyone in the field chose their careers for the same reasons. here are some of the current and previous Museum ichthyologists' stories.

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fishes careers, frank snelsonDr. Franklin F. Snelson, Jr.
Professor and Project Manager

Describe your work and research:

"I am a university professor and research scientist. I teach undergraduate and graduate-level classes in ichthyology, anatomy, and evolution. I advise and direct the research of graduate students. I participate in the research of my students and conduct my own research dealing with fish ecology and evolution. My main interest at present has to do with studying sharks and rays. I spend time in the field studying behavior and reproduction, and I spend time in the lab analyzing samples and data. A significant amount of time is spent writing scientific papers, reports, and grant proposals to fund research projects."

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fishes careers, larry pageLarry Page
Curator of Fishes

What interesting discoveries have you made in your studies?

"I have discovered and described about 40 species of fishes previously unknown to science. I also have studied and described the breeding behaviors of several species of North American fishes and develop a system for classifying behaviors that has gained wide acceptance in the ichthyological community. In the process of studying breeding behaviors, I also discovered egg mimics in darters - structures that develop on males and look like eggs."

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fishes careers, robert robinsRobert H. Robins
Ichthyology Collection Manager

Describe your work and research:

"My job as Ichthyology Collection Manager is largely to facilitate the science of those ichthyologists that use the UF Collection of Fishes. To that end, I am charged with directing the activities of others in the division such that the collection is well maintained, organized, and readily accessible to research ichthyologists. In many ways, a scientific collection of specimens functions much like a library. Scientists borrow fishes and obtain information from the specimens that is useful for interpreting what is actually going on in the real world."

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Also hear from some of our former ichthyologists who are now working elsewhere in the Museum or in the field of ichthyology:

Griffin Sheehy: Laboratory Technician
Cathy Bester: Education Coordinator
Travis Ford: Lab Technician
Robert Buch: Assistant Data Manager, ISAF
Alexia Morgan: CSFO Program Coordinator
Andrew Piercy: Research Biologist
Jason Seitz: Fish Collection Technician