Our Team

Get to know our sustainability team

Our team of biologists, ecologists and engineers come from a diverse background but we all have one thing in common: a passion for sustainable aquaculture.

Sean Tadjeran


Sean is a biochemical engineer with a passion for saltwater fish. He realized the demand for live copepods and phytoplankton products after being unable to find a quality source to maintain his 60gal reef tank. He then began growing his own copepods and phytoplankton in his garage in order to feed his three mandarins and pipefish before starting AlgaeBarn.

Lan Ingram


Lan is a molecular biologist, ecologist, and entrepreneur who managed a local fish store in Boulder, CO before teaming up with Sean to build AlgaeBarn. His passion for sustainable aquaculture developed during his undergraduate research where he studied captive bred marine fish while keeping a 150gal reef tank in his living room.

Ye Lu

DIrector of Quality Control

Ye is a molecular biologist with a passion for phytoplankton and zooplankton research. He began his work with phytoplankton at the University of Colorado in Boulder while working towards his undergraduate degree. At AlgaeBarn, he conducts research to improve both our products and production processes. Ye is also engaged in consumer education and is the author of our white papers.

Joe Bartholomew

Warehouse Manager

Joe aka “Hagrid” is our senior Aquaculture Technician. He is responsible for maintaining all of the cultures, managing inventory, harvesting, and ensuring that all of our live aquacultured products are always happy and thriving. He also hand packs each and every order that leaves our warehouse.

Kenneth Wingerter

Head Blog Writer

Ken is a production biologist with a special interest in ornamental aquaculture. He studied in the Pacific Northwest, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Oregon as well as a Certificate of Completion in the Oregon Coast Community College Aquarium Science Program. Ken has a passion for writing about saltwater aquariums and aquaculture which makes him perfect for his role as Head Blog Writer for the AlgaeBarn Blog.


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