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Jamie Craggs

Biography

Jamie Craggs is currently the aquarium curator at the Horniman Museum, overseeing the collection which contains around 2,500 live specimens representing 150 different species. Since arriving at the Horniman Museum in 2008, he has been improving the working practises with in the aquarium and developing strong research collaborations with universities and aquarium in the UK and internationally.

Aside from curatorial responsibilities he also sits on a number of steering committees:

  • British & Irish Association of Zoo & Aquariums (BIAZA) – Aquarium working group (AWG). The BIAZA AWG coordinates captive based research on a variety of disciplines
  • Coral Aquarist Research Network (CARN), a network that is funded by the National Environmental Research Council. His role on this committee is to facilitate knowledge exchange between the research community and industry specialists and provide public outreach opportunities.

Previously Jamie worked as the Head Aquarist at the London Aquarium during which time he developed his interest in coral biology. Jamie has also worked as an underwater cameraman based in Borneo, filming and photographing the amazing array of species that are found on the coral reefs in the Celebes seas.

Research interests

  • My main research interest is the reproductive biology of corals and jellyfish and developing techniques so these delicate and sometimes endangered groups for marine organisms can be bred in captivity.

Conference presentations

2011

  • February: Coral Aquarist Research Network – West London Reef Club. Horniman Museum: Sexual Reproduction of Corals - Research at the Horniman Museum 

2010

  • November: National Aquarium Workshop, Blue Reef Aquarium: An overview of the 5th SECORE workshop, Saint John’s Island Singapore
  • November: National Aquarium Workshop, Blue Reef Aquarium: Sexual reproduction of Scyphozoan - a more robust approach to culturing
  • September: British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums, Zoological Society London: Cultivation Mangroves - Notes on captive maintenance and care
  • June: Coral Aquarist Research Network 1st annual conference, Royal Geographical Society: An overview of the 5th SECORE workshop, Saint John’s Island Singapore 
  • June: Horniman Museum: World Oceans Day – Celebrating our oceans

2009

  • December: Reef Conservation UK, Zoological Society London: Ex-situ Sexual Reproduction of Corals at the Horniman Museum
  • November: National Aquarium Workshop, Horniman Museum: Ex-situ Sexual Reproduction of Corals at the Horniman Museum
  • November: National Aquarium Workshop, Horniman Museum: From failing reef display to spawning corals in 18 months, with some hard lessons learnt along the way (poster)

Publications

  • Tania FitzGeorge-Balfour, Cathy H. Lucas, Jamie Craggs, Shorok Mombrikotb, Andrew G. Hirst. 2011 A critical comparison of the methods used to estimate digestion rates in gelatinous zooplankton. (submitted) Marine Ecology Progress Series.
  • Tania FitzGeorge-Balfour, Cathy H. Lucas, Jamie Craggs and Andrew G. Hirst. 2011 Vulnerability of copepods to predation by the scyphomedusa Aurelia aurita – the influence of prey size and behaviour (submitted) Marine Ecology Progress Series.
  • Digesting the errors associated with gut-content analysis in gelatinous zooplankton. A review of the methodology used to estimate digestion times, defining best-practices. (2011) Tania FitzGeorge-Balfour, Cathy H. Lucas, Jamie Craggs, Andrew G. Hirst. 5th International Zooplankton Production Symposium, Pucon, Chile.
  • The influence of prey size, sex and behaviour on predation by the scyphomedusa /Aurelia aurita/. (2011) Tania FitzGeorge-Balfour, Cathy H. Lucas, Jamie Craggs, Andrew G. Hirst. 5th International Zooplankton Production Symposium, Pucon, Chile.
  • Effect of suspended sediment on fertilisation success in the Sceleractinian coral Pectinia lactuca Paul L.A. Erftemeijer, Mary Hagedorn, Michael Laterveer, Jamie Craggs and James R. Guest (submitted) 2011 Journal of the Marine Biological Association
  • Tania FitzGeorge-Balfour, Cathy H. Lucas, Jamie Craggs, Andrew G. Hirst 2010 Poster: How do we know what jellyfish eat? Examining problems with the gut content method (Poster)
  • Tania FitzGeorge-Balfour, Jamie Craggs, Andrew G. Hirst 2010 Poster: The Jellyfish Banquet. Examining differences in the susceptibility of copepods to capture by Aurelia aurita (Poster)