Fishes Research Associate, Animal Science and Welfare Department – National Aquarium
Alan Henningsen is a Fishes Research Associate in the Animal Science and Welfare Department at the National Aquarium. Alan has been the staff person in charge of the Shark Alley: Atlantic Predators exhibit for many years. He is transitioning to more of a full -time Elasmobranch Research and Conservation role. Alan has a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology from the University of Miami as well as a M.S. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. He has earned up to the A.B.D. status in doctoral studies from the University of Maryland. Alan has authored or co-authored several peer-reviewed papers as well as chapters in books. He is a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, as well as the Vice Coordinator for the AZA Sawfish SSP.
Alan’s favorite animals are sawfishes, but has been blessed to work with a variety of sharks and rays for decades. Alan is blessed to have a wonderful wife as well as two great young men. They share their home with cats, a dog, a terrapin, and a pond full of fish and frogs. He gives all glory and honor to Jesus.