Meet our friendly team of experts.
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!
Hailing from tropical Barbados, Marie has 3 degrees in marine science and fisheries and conservation biology and is happiest diving in warm Caribbean seas. After years living in Aberdeenshire, she is still not used to the cold! As learning officer she makes sure our exhibits, events and education programmes are full of interesting fishy facts and science.
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!
Chris has worked at the aquarium on and off for a loooonnng time. He's our aquarist and in charge of the fish's health and diet and most likely seen diving in the kelp tank. He loves sharing his vast knowledge of marine life and in his spare time monitors the Scottish populations of flapper skates. Just don't get him started on nudibranchs... you'll never get away from him!!
Julie has an illustrious background in tourism and visitor attraction management and definitely keeps the team straight on all things administrative - and much else besides! She is responsible for our gift shop - and just loves the cuddly seahorses and magnum ice-creams!
Retail and Reception Assistant
Katy is likely to be the first person to greet you as you arrive at the aquarium. Born and raised on the Moray Firth coast, she has a background in retail and spent time working on an oil rig in the North Sea. From her shop window, she loves watching the gurnards as they walk along the sand on their little feelers.
Aquarium Team Supervisor
Hannah joined the team as a marine biology graduate and she is definitely good for the shoal. Having studied schooling fish behaviour at Glasgow University she now keeps our shoal organised as team supervisor. When she has a free moment, she can be found gazing into the kelp reef display, thinking deeply about what makes those fish tick!
A true Macduff quinnie, Abi grew up with a fascination for the sea and its inhabitants. Hours spent watching Sir David Attenborough's TV programmes inspired her to study sound engineering to capture the noises of nature. Abi always has a smile on her face and will happily chat with anyone about our exhibits to help them get the most from their visit.
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