Mark van der Wal

Mark has been keeping aquariums since he was a little child. Growing up in a family that moved all over the world, he developed a strong passion and curiosity for nature. His particular interest was any type of underwater environment, as he spent countless days of his childhood underwater with a mask and fins. This passion drove him to pursue a degree in Biology, with a heavy emphasis on Marine Ecology. His studies allowed him further excuses to be underwater and participate in various research opportunities. After graduating, Mark decided to pursue a career in computers, so that he could continue to afford a reef tank and frequent dive trips. He also caters to his passion for marine organisms by participating as a moderator for the Advanced Forum at Reef Central, sharing knowledge and frags with local reef geeks, and contributing articles to Reefkeeping Magazine. His other interests include traveling, hiking, gardening, and his two dogs.