Geoffrey Pope ARC
Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK
Alex started on the path to his current post with a keen interest in fish from a young age keeping multiple aquaria at home whilst working part time in aquatic retail. Alex later volunteered as a host at the National Marine Aquarium prior to starting his studies in Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology at the University of Plymouth.
His love of fish never disappeared and after graduating in 2018 he started working in the ARC as a support technician to combine the passion of aquatic life and science. After gaining a good understanding across the ARC, he began specialising in zebrafish and progressed over the years into the current role of overseeing the husbandry, management and training across 150+ fish lines within quarantine, satellite experimental and main holding rooms.
The majority of Alex’s spare time is taken up providing husbandry and breeding the fish housed in the many aquaria in his garage, with the rest of it spent photographing and writing articles for a hobbyist magazine specialising in small acidophilic species.