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JCD Consulting principal J. Charles Delbeek is an internationally recognized authority on captive living coral reef ecosystems and is a highly sought-after speaker and consultant on marine aquarium systems.


J. Charles Delbeek holds three degrees from the University of Toronto; an Honors Bachelor degree in Biology, a Masters in Zoology and a Bachelors in Education, which gives him not only a strong basis in marine science, but also in education. This multi-disciplined background allows for a unique viewpoint when it comes to creating not only scientifically accurate living aquatic exhibits but also educational materials for exhibit graphic and interactive components.

Charles' professional interests include the ecology and captive husbandry of marine and freshwater fishes, live corals, mangroves, seagrasses, freshwater aquatic plants and cephalopods. Currently a senior aquartic biologist at the California Academy of Sciences' Steinhart Aquarium, Charles was previously employed at the Waikiki Aquarium,

In his capacity at the Waikiki Aquarium, Charles has been part of the exhibit design team and has contributed to several award winning exhibits and conservation programs (Bean Award 2003, M.A.C.E. Award 2003, M.A.C.E. Award 1999) including live coral and giant clam exhibits, freshwater planted aquaria, cephalopod exhibits, marine fish exhibits as well as holding and research systems for corals and clams.

With over 14 years experience in the public aquarium field, 8 years of teaching experience and 35 years of marine aquarium experience, Charles has developed a well-deserved world-wide reputation for excellence and accuracy in award winning exhibit design and implementation.

Author, Writer, Lecturer, Reviewer

Charles has lectured at over 46 aquarium-related conferences and meetings, and published over 70 articles in the popular aquarium literature in the last 22 years. In addition to writing a monthly reef aquarium column for Aquarium Fish International since 1997, a monthly column in Coral Magazine, and a bi-monthly column for Advanced Aquarist Online, he has co-authored three popular aquarium books with Julian Sprung. The Reef Aquarium series are considered by many to be the definitive works in the field.

Charles has also served as scientific reviewer for ReefKeeping Online magazine and Advanced Aquarist Online, book reviewer for Freshwater and Marine Aquarium magazine and Veterinary Pathology and has acted as a peer reviewer for scientific journals such as Aquaculture and Aquarium Sciences and Aquaculture.

Aquarium Industry and Public Aquarium Contacts

A well respected figure in the aquarium industry, Charles brings with him extensive connections to marinelife suppliers around the world including Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, USA and Europe making him a valuable addition to any aquarium development project.

In addition, his strong connections with public aquarium professionals around the world is another valuable asset when it comes to acquiring cutting edge information on exhibit and husbandry techniques.

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