Jay has kept aquariums for over 40 years. He worked in various retail and wholesale aquarium firms from grade school through college. After graduating from college, Jay managed the aquarium department of a large retail pet store for five years until 1985, when he was hired as an aquarist (and later fishes department manager) for a major public aquarium.
In 1989, he accepted a position as curator of fishes and invertebrates for a large zoo / aquarium where he still works today. This aquarium exhibits over 3,200 animals comprising over 315 different species including; flashlight fish, giant spider crabs, giant octopus, moon jellies, coral exhibits, exotic insects, as well as many other, more commonly seen species.
He has been the AZA's (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) studbook keeper for the highly endangered Lake Victorian Cichlids since 1993 and is a member of the executive steering committees for both the AZA's freshwater and marine fishes taxon advisory groups.
Jay has written over 130 articles for a dozen different aquarium magazines and scientific publications since his first article about sharks was published in Freshwater and Marine Aquarium magazine back in 1981.
He has written five books: Aquarium Careers, Aquarium Fish Breeding, Advanced Marine Aquarium Techniques, Bugs as Pets, and Miniature Aquariums.