Stony Brook Southampton’s Student Program Board will sponsor the talk, “Behind the Scenes at Atlantis Marine World” by husband and wife team Christopher and Candy Paparo on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the college’s Duke Lecture Hall.
A senior aquarist, Mr. Paparo has been working at Atlantis Marine World since construction first began on the facility in late spring of 1999. He assists with the aquarium’s aquaculture program and supervises the care and maintenance of many of the aquarium’s exhibits and animals, including the Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit, Indoor Ray Bay, Sand Shark Lagoon, Local Rocky Shores, the Seahorse Display, Poseidon’s Treasure Room and Crustaceans. Upon graduating from the former Southampton College as a marine biology major, Mr. Paparo worked as an educator with the Okeanos Ocean Research Foundation and was an education coordinator/stranding technician with the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.
In addition to his work at Atlantis, Mr. Paparo is a consultant to the Sport Fishing Education Center and Aquaculture Facility and serves on the Marine and Coastal District of New York Conservation, Education and Research Board.
Ms. Paparo began working at Atlantis Marine World in 2000 as a naturalist aboard the Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat. She is now a senior marine mammal trainer and the primary trainer for all three sea lions and two of the aquarium’s harbor seals, Gray Beauty and Max. She is also responsible for maintenance and water quality of the aquarium’s marine mammal pools. Prior to joining Atlantis, she was the education and intern coordinator at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium/Northeast Fisheries Science Center. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the former Southampton College.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 632-5132.