Charles Delbeek
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J. Charles Delbeek attended the University of Toronto graduating in 1981 with an honors bachelor's degree in biology, a master's in zoology in 1986 and a bachelor's in education in 1986. From 1995 to 2008 he worked as an Aquarium Biologist at the Waikiki Aquarium and is currently Senior Aquatic Biologist at the California Academy of Sciences' Steinhart Aquarium. Reopened on September 27th, 2008 one of the highlights of the Aquarium is a 212,000 gallon living reef display. His professional interests include the ecology and captive husbandry of marine fishes, corals, aquatic plants and cephalopods.

A certified SCUBA diver and accomplished underwater photographer, Charles has dove throughout the world including Canada, Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia, Japan, south Korea, the Marshall Islands, Palau, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, the Florida Keys, Bonaire, St. Kitts, Thailand and St. Maartin.

Recipient of the 2008 MASNA Award, Charles has lectured at over 80 aquarium-related conferences and meetings, chaired several professional conference sessions, and published over 100 scientific papers and articles in the popular aquarium literature in the last 24 years. He also served as the moderator of the online Fishnet Marine Aquarium forum on Compuserve from 1987 till 1991. In addition to writing a monthly reef aquarium column for Aquarium Fish Magazine and 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, considered by many to be the definitive works in the field. Charles is also principal of JCD Consulting,, offering his experience in aquarium design and animal husbandry to both public and private aquarium projects around the world.

The Aquarium hobby has come a long way in the last 25 years. From aquariums with bleached coral skeletons and equally bleached looking fishes, to vibrantly colored aquariums filled with live corals, clams and a bewildering array of fishes, the marine reef aquarium has become by far the most popular marine aquarium style today. In 1997 at MACNA IX in Chicago, Julian Sprung and I gave a presentation on the future of the hobby, discussing trends in aquarium equipment and animals that we thought would become reality in the not so distant future. This presentation will re-examine those predictions, which came true and which did not, also included will be a brief recap of where we have been, where we are now, and where we may be going with new predictions as to where the hobby may be going in the next 10 years.