Kent, Lawrence

 Lawrence Kent works for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support projects fighting hunger and poverty in the developing world. He is based in Seattle but travels frequently for his job to Africa and Asia. Lawrence takes advantage of his travels to look for interesting tropical fish in places as diverse as Cambodia, Columbia, and Nigeria.

At home, Lawrence keeps twenty aquaria, many stocked with cichlids and anabantoids he collected abroad. A frequent contributor to Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Cichlid News, Lawrence is fascinated by all types of fish, birds, and reptiles, and the challenge of correctly identifying and breeding them.


  • Cichlids in East Africa: Going Beyond the Big 3
  • Seeking Cichlids in East Africa: Looking Beyond the Big 3 Rift Lakes
  • Intriguing Ditches: Looking for Labyrinth Fishes in Cambodia and Malaysia
  • Will Your Wife and Kids Help Collecting Tropical Fish? Family Trips to Nicaragua, Peru, and Ecuador
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Speaker Topics: 
Cichlids, Rift Lakes
Collecting & Travel
Labyrinth Fish

Past Speaking Events

Event Name Date
ACA-NECA 2019 Convention Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 12:00 to Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 19:00
NECA Meeting Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 15:00
Keystone Clash II Friday, September 22, 2017 - 15:00 to Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 18:00
CAOAC Convention 2017 Friday, May 19, 2017 - 16:00 to Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 18:00
NEC 2016 Convention - "60th Anniversary of the NEC" Friday, April 8, 2016 - 09:00 to Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 01:30