Meet just a few of Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems Technicians.


Ricardo Arias

Ricardo graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and minor in chemistry. He completed aquaculture training in Pusan, South Korea, and then worked in shrimp culture, tilapia culture and tropical fish breeding. Ricardo was also in charge of developing the Aquaculture Experimental Station at the Universidad Central del Este, Dominican Republic.

Constance Beaulaton

Constance received a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and aquaculture from Florida Institute of Technology. She mainly worked in commercial aquaculture on recirculating systems, water chemistry and farm management. Constance has extensive knowledge in sturgeon, larval rearing, husbandry duties, gender differentiation with ultrasound, fish purging and harvesting.

Caroline Capobianco

Caroline received her B.S. in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL and her M.Sc. in Marine Biology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She has a diverse background in coral, fish, aquatic plants, and algae. She is currently focusing on water quality testing and live feed production.

Hernan Casasbuenas

Hernan received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Nevada and his Fisheries Scientist Certification from the American Fisheries Society. Hernan's design and management experience includes hatcheries, floating cage cultures and fish culture farms, with concentration on rainbow trout and tilapia.


Brian Catanzaro

Brian holds a Bachelor's Degree in Technical Studies from Ohio University and and Associate's Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Hocking College. He has been heavily involved with the aquaculture and lake management industries for over two decades. His experience includes fish hatchery management, recirculating aquaculture system design, water quality monitoring and control, and developing lake management plans.

Cullen Danner

Cullen received his B.A. in environmental and aquatic sciences from the University of Central Florida. He worked as a consultant to the energy industry for environmental compliance and mitigation issues concerning marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico. Cullen also has experience with pest and weed control and environmental restoration.

Clarke DeWitt

Clarke graduated from Brunswick Community College in Supply, NC, with an A.S. degree in aquaculture technology. His technical experience includes hatchery management, aquatic weed control and aquarium supplies. 

Mikel Ferri

Mikel received both  his Bachelor's in electrical engineering and Master's in Business Administration from Olivet Nazarene University. His past experience includes water reclamation for power plants and mining applications. He has experience in instrumentation, controls and product development.

Marcela Hincapie 

Marcela has a B.S. degree in marine biology from UJTL in Colombia and an M.S. degree from the University of Maine. She has worked in the marine and freshwater aquaculture field raising different species of shrimp and fish in flow-through and recirculation systems in warm and coldwater environments. Her specialties include hatchery and growout phase.

Ryan Karcher

Ryan received his A.S. degree in aquaculture from Hillsborough Community College. His technical experience includes ornamental hatchery management, hormone-induced spawning and aeration and recirculating system design. He also has experience in home aquarium design and maintenance.

Ryan Kilmartin

Ryan graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in aquaculture and fishery technology. He worked for the university, maintaining a number of small fresh and saltwater recirculation and flow-through systems of larval and adult finfish. He also works with zoo and aquarium facilities.

Gmerice Lafayette

Gmerice received her B.S. in biology and environmental health science from the University of Georgia and earned a master's degree in environmental health too. She has experience in aquatic toxicity, coral growth and nutrient uptake, aquatic plant mineral uptake, water quality testing and water quality adjustment with various types of chemical filtration media.

Dr. Luca Micciche

Dr. Luca Micciche’ is the Sales Manager of Southeast Asia (SEA)/ China region. Luca comes to us from the WorldFish, as an Aquaculture Consultant and Field Operations Manager. Luca brings experience from a number of countries in which he has worked, including Italy, Chile, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, and Indonesia. His knowledge of the aquaculture industry comes from working with an array of species including bivalve shellfish, shrimp, finfish and microalgae. Luca’s project experience includes economic feasibility studies and development of sustainable business models for aquaculture enterprises in Asia, in addition to developing production methods for new aquaculture species. Luca will be based in Penang, Malaysia.

Richard D. Jones

Rick received his M.S. in biological and agricultural engineering from North Carolina State University. His graduate work included extensive research on filtration and water recirculation. He has also participated in the design, construction and maintenance of commercial-scale aquaculture facilities and public aquariums. Rick is a certified Engineer-in-Training.

Melyna Silva

Melyna Silva received her M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of The South Pacific, Fiji Islands and a B.S. in Biology from the National University of the Peruvian Amazon. Melyna is an Aquaponics Technician at the PAES Aquaponics Demonstration faclities. She has additional practical and research experience in the reproductive biology, induced fish spawning and pond-management of native Amazon basin fish species. She has also conducted research in water pollution from aquaculture and other industries effluents in the South Pacific. 

Aaron Cragun

Aaron received his B.S. in Ecology, with a minor in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from Purdue University. He has experience in culturing coho salmon, rainbow trout, tilapia, and yellow perch, both in smaller research settings, as well as large-scale commercial settings. Aaron also has experience in recirculating aquaculture systems design and maintenance.

Tom Drury

Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He also received a master's degree in aquaculture from the University of Miami. His graduate work focused on marine finfish culture in RAS and offshore cages, and shrimp production in biofloc systems. He has extensive knowledge regarding shrimp and tilapia production in biofloc RAS systems.