Marine Masters

Marine Masters

Meet our friendly team of experts.

Claire Matthews

Claire Matthews

Aquarium Manager

Having been part of the aquarium management team since the beginning of time, Claire likes to think she’s in charge here. Her usual habitat is the office from where she issues her orders for the rest of the team to ignore at their will… She mutters to herself a lot!

Chris Rickard

Chris Rickard

Aquarium Assistant

Chris has worked at the aquarium on and off for 14 years, in between teaching primary school kids. He is a really keen diver in Scottish waters and you’re most likely to see him in the kelp tank at weekends, tickling his favourite wolf fish. He knows loads about native sea life so, if you happen to see him on dry land, ask him a question – the trickier the better!

Chris Rowe

Chris Rowe

Displays Officer

Chris works hard to keep all the aquarium tanks and displays tip top and the animals healthy. When not making lego models of sharks, he’s happiest gluing bits of pipework under some fish tank. He especially likes lumpsuckers. His worst aquarist moment ever was when he once swallowed a dead sea anemone whilst trying to start a water siphon! Eeewww!

Clara Douglas

Clara Douglas

Seasonal Aquarium Assistant

The newest member of the team, Clara has just graduated with a marine biology degree from St Andrews University. She blames the aquarium for her passion for marine life and pursuit of a fishy career, having been a regular visitor to Macduff since the age of two! 

Frazer Mackay

Frazer Mackay

Aquarist

As chef to all the fish, Frazer spends a lot of time chopping squid! He makes sure the animals get a nutritious diet, from the tiny plankton eaters to the bigger fish with a bigger appetite. Super talkative, there’s not much that Frazer doesn’t know about marine life and he is only too happy to share his vast knowledge with our visitors.

Freyja Larking

Freyja Larking

Retail & Reception Assistant

Chances are that Freyja will be the first smiley person you see when you walk in the aquarium, there to tell you all about our exhibits and maybe sell you a souvenir. Freyja’s favourite fish (apart from the cuddly ones she has for sale) are the dogfish – she likes that we can witness their whole lifecycle, from eggs to adulthood, within in our exhibits.

Robbie Tuthill

Robbie Tuthill

Seasonal Aquarium Assistant

Robbie is our resident expert on rocky shore marine life – what he doesn’t know about barnacles is not worth knowing! Another fan of the fearsome looking wolf fish, Robbie loves the diversity of his job and says the best bit is not only getting to teach people about the marine life we have on our coast but also learning something new every day.

Sabine Tartarin

Sabine Tartarin

Aquarium Assistant

Bringing a touch of French style to the team, Sabine has a background in geochemistry and has a thing for paleo-oceanography. She likes the jellyfish as they are such ancient creatures – like living fossils. She has great fun diving in our kelp tank, getting stalked by Jemima the halibut, and especially enjoys taking school kids rock pooling on the beach.