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February Program Preview

Post by LewC » Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:19 am

For February, we are fortunate to have Stephan Tanner as our featured speaker. Stephan is a catfish specialist and spoke at the 2010 Extravaganza. The following is his autobio from his website, which I edited a little for this context.

I have been an active fish keeper since the mid 1980s. Back in Switzerland, where I was born, I got my first tropical fish tank when I was 14 years old, and the “tank fever” has never left me. In fact, my interest in biology and nature pushed me to earn a masters’ degree in Behavioral Ecology and Molecular Biology (1995) and finally a Ph.D. in Human Molecular Genetics (1998). During my undergraduate years in Switzerland, I worked at the Spiezer Zoo, a nice local fish store with quality fish and great customer service.

In the spring of 1998 I moved to Columbus, Ohio, for a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer research with Albert de la Chapelle, M.D., Ph.D., at The Ohio State University. After four years I became a Research Scientist and since the fall of 2005, I have been Research Assistant Professor in Human Cancer Genetics in the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at OSU.

As for my fascination with fish, a pivotal moment was when I went to a meeting of the International Society of Barbs, Tetras, Loaches and Catfishes, a German organization, in 1992. I felt instantly comfortable among highly devoted specialists, and I decided to become a member. In 1994, a new editor for the club’s quarterly publication, BSSW Report, was needed and I held this position until the end of 2006. I regularly travel to Germany for fish related meetings and to visit friends that I have made through that fabulous organization.

I have a small fishroom with some 61 tanks to properly house all the fish that I am interested in. Breeding, which is the ultimate goal, produces lots of offspring that need a good home. Well, selling a few fish is not an issue, but selling them by the hundreds would sooner or later bring the IRS or the state treasurer to my door step. To avoid any legal issues, I decided to set up a company, called Swiss Tropicals, that does proper business and pays taxes. In addition, I have US Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA import licenses that permit me to bring fish and plants along from my trips.

Stephan’s program will be entitled “Pleco Nutrition”. If you want to order something from his website, he can bring it that night and save you shipping: http://www.swisstropicals.com/


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