At an early age, I developed my interest in marine
life and decided to be a biology scholar. Over ten years, as a hobby, I have
cultured cold-water species, and tropical water species. Through this, I was
able to maintain fish under adequate water condition and observed their behavior
under different stress factors. Furthermore, I acquaint myself with their
biology and this has enhanced my knowledge about aquatic life.
During outbreaks, I gained a strong
interest in diseases as I monitored behavioral interactions between fish and
their pathogen agents. This offered me essential information about how should
assess the clinical signs observed in an animal and diagnose the problem.
Afterwards, I would often read up on how different pathogens interact with
animals, how immune system response to disease and how possibly the pathogen
can occurred again. Additionally, I kept myself updated with new inventions
about different kinds of treatments to cure diseases. As an undergraduate
student, I majored in microbiology at Umm-al Qura University at Saudi Arabia. Through
lectures and practical work, my interest towards aquatic pathobiology grew
significantly. I learned a lot about different kinds of pathogens and how they
react depending on the condition of the water quality, nutrients level, suspended
solids, oxygen level, temperature, salinity and pH. It was at this point that I
knew I wanted to specialize in aquatic pathobiology.
I decided to further my education at
the University of Miami, majoring in aquaculture. There I was able to enhance
my experience and knowledge on aquaculture even further. I gained massive knowledge
about high market value species such as Cobia, Mahi-mahi, Florida pompano,
Nassau grouper and Japanese flounder. Working on my project, I learned the
advantages and disadvantages of multiple systems, including RAS and
flow-through. I observed all portions of the life cycle from spawning, larval
rearing, weaning and broodstock. In all life stages, disease is a constant
factor. It is able to infiltrate any system and must be addressed accordingly.