Not Your Ordinary Office Our creatures never sleep, and since they are always on, ideas and solutions for their care begin swirling around in my head as soon as I wake up at 6 a.m. First, I have my own habitat to manage, then I arrive at work at 7:30 a.m. My office is the vast and exhilarating North...Read More
Kaitlen Watson, Aquarist, N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Kaitlen Watson earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Wisconsin in 2014 and quickly jumped into the aquarium field as an intern. She began working as an aquarist in 2015 with a specific fondness for unique, and what some people might consider ugly animals. She says, “I would have been an entomologist if I hadn't found my passion for fish.” She focuses on freshwater fish, cold water animals, and invertebrates —animals she believes deserve much more attention than they get. Kaitlen cultivates her passion for natural things outside of work by pursuing wildlife photography and macro photography of insects and plants. An interesting fun fact about Kaitlen: She grows orchids at home and once maintained a collection of more than 20 different specimens.