Field of Focus
  • Ecology
  • Fisheries
  • Habitat Loss
  • Restoration
Area of Expertise
Ontogenetic Habitat Shifts; Habitat Ecology
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • M.A. in Marine Science, College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Virginia, U.S.A.
  • B.A in Biology, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Maryland, U.S.A.

Aaron holds Master's and Ph.D. degrees in marine and environmental science, in addition to a Captain’s license, and has studied marine fish ecology throughout his professional career. He is Director of Operations for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, as well as a Senior Scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory. In addition to his duties as Director, he also continues his research interests, typically in these topics: juvenile habitat identification; juvenile survival, diet, and movements; impacts of human-caused habitat alterations; juvenile-to-adult life stage connections; adult movement patterns; age and growth. He also invests considerable effort translating fish ecology into layman’s terms so that it can be better applied to conservation. He is author of "Fisherman’s Coast", wrote four chapters for Chico Fernandez’s "Fly-Fishing for Bonefish", has written numerous articles for fly fishing magazines, and has given many seminars on fish ecology for anglers in numerous venues. He is also an avid fly angler.