Kurt Hettiger

Senior Aquarist, At Home on the Great Lakes gallery

Kurt Hettiger is an expert on Asian carp and Great Lakes fishes, and he assists federal and state agencies with the growing invasive species issue. At the aquarium, he also oversees the health, care and general husbandry of fishes and reptiles found in North America. Hettiger is a River Watch monitoring leader and a member of the North America Native Fish Association and the American Fisheries Society. He is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries biology.


Kurt Hettiger, Senior Aquarist of Local Waters
It's hard to pick just one favorite species at Shedd, but right now it would be the burbot in At Home on the Great Lakes. I've never taken care of them before, and I have to say, they are strikingly beautiful and have a bit of character as well.