A not for profit association that provides support and quality peer reviewed information to its membership of professional aquarists.
To provide a forum for dissemination of information to further the science of aquarium design, maintenance and aquatic animal husbandry and health, both in aquatic research model organisms and species of public aquarium significance.
ANZAAP has developed from the Australia & New Zealand Zebrafish Husbandy group. Originally dealing solely with zebrafish research, the organisation has grown to include elements of the public aquaria groups as well as a strong focus on animal welfare and aquatic health.

Our Team

Lucie Nedved

Outgoing President

Lucie is a veterinarian with a special interest in aquatic species including fish and amphibians. Over the past 10 years, Lucie has been involved with zebrafish as well as other aquatic species in the laboratory setting.  She currently works in the University setting for University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Lucie has been a long-standing member of the ANZ zebrafish community and is a member of ANZAAP, ANZLAA and the ZHA.  She has presented and participated at ANZAAP and ANZLAA conferences on the zebrafish health and welfare.

Lucie is a WAVMA (World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association) Certified Aquatic Veterinarian.


Diana Baumann


Diana is ANZAAP’s International Liaison. She has been in
the industry for 18 years, and currently works at the Stowers Institute for
Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri (U.S.) where she holds the position of
Head of Reptile & Aquatics. At Stowers, she is responsible for the
management of a wide range of species including zebrafish, cavefish, and
invertebrate aquatic model organisms such as planaria, sponges, and sea anemones.

Diana has been a member of an animal ethics committee for
17 years and she serves as an Ad Hoc Consultant for AAALAC international. She was
class president of her Institute of Laboratory Animal Management (ILAM) course
and has obtained Certified Manager of Animal Resources certification. She
has served on multiple AALAS committees. Diana is recipient of the 2011 Ron
Orta Memorial Award, the 2015 LAWTE IMPACT Award, the 2016 Charles River
CHARTER Medallion, and the 2018 AALAS Collins Education and Training Award.


Alhad Mahagaonak

Vice President

Alhad (Al) is ANZAAP President for 2019.  Based in Auckland New Zealand Al has managed the zebrafish core facility at the University of Auckland for almost 13 years.
Over the years, Al has overseen many facility expansions and renovations, and is responsible for quality animal care, husbandry, system maintenance, operations, user education and training.

Al also manages the Biosecurity and compliance aspects that are set out by internal and external regulatory authorities.

Al has been a long standing member of the ANZ zebrafish community and a member of the ZHA.  He has participated in and presented at various Aquaculture America and ANZ conferences on the zebrafish component.

Al is keen on promoting and developing better husbandry standards for aquatic research models, especially zebrafish, as while the model is extremely popular and continues to grow, there is little standardisation in place.

Bruce Newell


Working for Deakin University in Geelong, Bruce has been involved with the zebrafish model for the last 10 years and is a member of both ANZLAA and ZHA.

Deakin University are in the process of tripling their capacity for zebrafish research and Bruce is heavily involved in this process.

With over 25 years of self employment in aquatics and herpetology he has been involved in a large range of different aspects of aquatics including system and equipment design & construction, curation of large scale marine aquaria, building fish rooms and providing consulting services to many different institutions.


Rob Jones


Rob Jones is an aquarium veterinarian based in Melbourne. He visits and consults to all major public aquariums in Australia and New Zealand and more recently Asia. Through his business “The Aquarium Vet” he has developed the E – Qauarist course, an online training resource for aquarists working in any field.


Lauren Pandolfo

International Liaison

Lauren Pandolfo is a long standing subject matter expert and frequent consultant on Laboratory Reared Aquatic Species, Aquaria and Lab Design, and Guidelines and Regulatory Compliance. She is heavily involved in outreach and education in the biomedical and aquatics communities, Instructor on husbandry, reproduction, invitro fertilization, and cryopreservation at the University of Alabama Zebrafish Husbandry Short Course, and engages in speaker presentations on aquatics facilities and aquatics research and biosecurity. In her current role as Zebrafish Operations Manager at Baylor College of Medicine Center for Comparative Medicine, Lauren is working to optimize, upgrade, and expand the research capabilities and scale of the zebrafish research program.