Alyssa Gabriel is a lifelong aquarium hobbyist. After setting up her first marine aquarium in high school, her excitement inspired her to pursue a career in marine science. Alyssa earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology at Salisbury University. While completing her degree, she worked for the prestigious Smithsonian Institution as a water quality researcher for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s Water Chemistry Laboratory. Alyssa was then hired by a large aquaculture facility, working on Tridacnid clam husbandry and propagation of corals for the aquarium market. Her true passion is fish aquaculture so she eventually decided to move on to start her own facility focusing on syngnathid breeding.
Alyssa has developed breeding and rearing protocols that yield high success rates of large and healthy captive bred seahorses. Development of a proprietary formula for enrichment of Artemia, state-of-the-art breeding and rearing system design, and species-specific rearing protocols, are just some of the innovative contributions Alyssa has made to modernizing aquaculture. Most recently, Alyssa’s facility has begun a captive breeding projects for the Weedy Seadragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus as well as 20+ poison dart frog locales.
Alyssa’s influence on the hobby has not been limited to aquaculture. She remains extremely active in the wider aquarium hobby, devoting a significant amount of time helping fellow hobbyists become better aquarium keepers. While she is well known at the industry level, she has never left her hobbyist roots, and maintains a personal 250 gallon reef tank in her home, containing over 50 species of fish, corals, and invertebrates. In her limited spare time, she enjoys her two Boxers Layla and Reba, snorkeling, and keeping vivariums.