Online presentation in Zoom on December 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM/1:00 PM New York time
Matthijs ‘Tai’ Strietman is a British biologist and aquarist who has spent thirteen years visiting Brazil and exploring its waters, as well as various other aquatic habitats around the world. His research of the fish community of the Salobra River delta in the Pantanal wetlands of Brazil, formed the thesis basis for his Masters in Animal Biology from the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS).
Fascinated by all things fish since the age of two, Tai grew up keeping fish and exploring each and every pond, stream, river or rockpool he could. After completing a BA in Latin American Development Studies from the University of Portsmouth UK, he spent time working as an aquarist for ZSL London Zoo. He is a regular contributor to Practical Fishkeeping Magazine and a co-founder of the Freshwater Life Project, an NGO dedicated to preserving freshwater habitats around the world and supporting those who share this goal.
The Salobra River delta lies at the southern end of the Pantanal and is home to a great variety of fish, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds and insects. Tai Strietman has spent the last three years exploring its mosaic of aquatic habitats, including the main river channel, lagoons, lakes, pools, ponds, ditches, inundated forest and flooded meadows. There he is encountered a number of species already popular in the aquarium trade and others who have the potential to be firm favourites with aquarists. In this talk he intends to convey the structure and dynamics of this diverse environment and provide insights into the lives of the fish which live there.