Aquaponics Workshop Set for October 18 in Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. —The Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host an introduction to aquaponics workshop Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Research Center on North College St. in Auburn. No prior skills or training are required for participants, who will receive detailed instruction on the basics of aquaponics, a tour of the school’s fish and plant greenhouses and guidance on designing and constructing aquaponics systems.

A combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponics combines the practice of raising aquatic animals in tanks with the cultivation of plants in water. An aquaponics system utilizes the animals’ waste to nourish the plants, while the plants, in turn, help clean the water.

Mollie Smith, outreach programs coordinator for the school, will serve as one of two instructors for the course. Smith describes the workshop as a response to the community’s overwhelming interest in aquaponics.

“We wanted to share our expertise with the public and provide them with the tools and information to be successful using aquaponics,” Smith said. “Backyard gardeners and individuals interested in sustainability, local food production and small-scale aquaponic production are the people we are hoping to reach with the course.”

Cost of the workshop is $60 per person, and pre-registration ends Thursday, Oct. 16. To register, visit For more information, contact Smith at or 334-844-9301.

2014 Annual Shrimp Sale Fundraiser

Auburn University Chapter 
American Fisheries Society
2014 Annual Shrimp Sale Fundraiser

Fresh Auburn University Farm Raised
25 to 30-count Pacific White shrimp
Heads on, Not frozen
Available Only in 5-lb lots at $6.00/lb
OR at $5.50/lb for orders of 100 lbs or more

Pre-Order/Pre-Pay Only
To place an order, email or call 844-4667
Monday – Friday (8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Payment: Cash or check only…No credit cards accepted
All orders and money must be received by 3:30 Sept 26th.
No orders will be accepted after this time, any unpaid orders will be deleted.

Pick up At the Market Bldg adjacent E.W. Shell Fisheries Research Center (2101 N College)
Sept 30.  (3-7pm)
Oct 1 (3-7pm)

***Harvest and Pick up dates subject to change due to weather***

Search extended for Director, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences



AU tower logo v10Auburn University is seeking a Director for the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences in the College of Agriculture to provide vision and leadership that enhances the College’s tradition of excellence in teaching, research, extension/outreach, and service. The successful candidate will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences and will report directly to the Dean of the College of Agriculture.  

The newly designated School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences began as a department in 1933 and is noted as one of the best programs of its kind in the world.  The School conducts outstanding teaching, research, extension/outreach and international programs in freshwater and marine aquaculture, fisheries management and aquatic resources. The School consists of 23 tenure/tenure-track faculty, five research fellows and over 100 other employees.  There are approximately 160 students, of which 100 are graduate students pursuing a Master of Science, Master of Aquaculture or Doctor of Philosophy in Fisheries. 

The College of Agriculture consists of the Departments of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology; Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences; Animal Sciences; Biosystems Engineering; Entomology and Plant Pathology; Horticulture; Poultry Science; and the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences.  The College of Agriculture has 138 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, 270 graduate students, and over 1,000 undergraduate students.

Auburn University ( is a comprehensive land grant, sea grant, and space grant institution with a dynamic 150 year history.  The University’s main campus has a 2013-2014 enrollment of 24,864 students and offers degrees in 12 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.  Auburn University is not only known for its great education programs, but is also notable for its $4 billion+ impact on Alabama’s economy.  Auburn University is located in the family friendly town of Auburn, Alabama, with a population of 50,000, a renowned school system and nationally recognized medical center.  Auburn is located approximately 50 miles from Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, and 110 miles from Atlanta, Georgia.  This location provides a moderate climate with easy access to both beach and mountain recreational facilities. 

The responsibilities of this position are to provide visionary leadership, and overall management of the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences. The Director will be responsible for all budget development and management, securing funding, recruitment and supervision of personnel, professional development of faculty and staff, and coordination of the assessment and development of academic programs within the School.  The Director will be assisted in these tasks by two Associate Directors.  Together, they will provide oversight of the numerous state-wide departmental facilities which include extensive research, teaching and outreach/extension facilities at North Auburn, South Auburn, Greensboro, Mobile, Dauphin Island and Fairhope.

In addition to leading the transition and expansion from an outstanding department to a world-renown School, the Director must develop strong working relationships with other departments, commodity groups, agribusiness representatives, various government and private/non-government agencies, and students and alumni.  The successful candidate will report to the Dean of Agriculture and maintain close relationships with the Directors of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, USDA-ARS Aquatic Animal Health Research Unit, the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, the Alabama Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium (Dauphin Island Sea Lab) and the Aquaculture and Fisheries Business Institute. 

The position requires an earned doctorate or equivalent and a distinguished scholarship record sufficient to merit appointment with tenure at the rank of Professor.   The successful candidate should have an outstanding record of academic achievement in one or more of the following areas: research, teaching and/or extension/outreach; a strong commitment to shared governance; interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary program development; and a demonstrable record of successful administrative skills, experience, and cooperation to achieve university level goals. Effective communication skills with multiple constituencies in a diverse community; management skills for complex organizations including facilities development; strong interpersonal skills; and wide-ranging participation in service activities and professional societies are required. Capacity for visionary leadership and successful experience in the process of securing funds from the university and external sources for programs related to teaching, research, extension, community outreach and service are desired. The candidate must be knowledgeable of, and committed to, the unique mission of a land-grant institution and have substantial accomplishments in at least two of the three land grant mission areas.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, five references, and leadership philosophy to the address below.  While applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are highly encouraged to submit their materials by November 1, 2014 to assure optimal consideration. For details please see:

Search Committee-Director, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences
Attention: Managing Director
Breckenridge Partners
1025 West Everett Road, Suite #4
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 
~Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer~ 

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.



Auburn Fisheries Will Host Expo, Field Day Sept. 20

Aubie holding a fishing netThe Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences will host an expo and field day Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Research Center on North College Street in Auburn.

Free and open to the public, the event will feature tours of facilities and ponds at the north Auburn center and will also have food vendors with samples, extended fish market hours, child-friendly fun, live music and presentations by faculty.

Fisheries Expo Field Day pdf“The goal of the event is to bring more awareness to our research and our resources,” said Eric Peatman, an associate professor in the school and organizer of the event. “Our program is one of the best in the world, and we want to take advantage of a football-free Saturday to share what we do with the community and the Auburn family.”

map to EW Shell Fisheries Station

The Auburn Tigers will play Kansas State in Kansas the Thursday night preceding the expo and field day.

The Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences has its roots in the inland fisheries and aquaculture research of Homer S. Swingle. The first formal courses in the disciplines were offered at Auburn in 1946.

For more information on the expo and field day, contact Peatman at 334-734-4611 or




Fisheries’ Wilson Wins Honor as Undergrad Research Mentor

Man standing in a pond by buckets

In the seven years he has been on the faculty in Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, associate professor Alan Wilson has introduced more than 70 undergraduate students from Auburn and beyond to the fascinating world of scientific research.

These students have been more than passive observers in Wilson’s warm-water aquatic ecology laboratory; they have been actively involved in the research process, as is evidenced by their scholarly output, which includes co-authoring with Wilson 10 journal publications and 36 conference presentations.

“I am passionate about creating meaningful research opportunities for undergrads,” said Wilson, who began mentoring undergraduates in research as a graduate student at Michigan State University in 1998. “I’m always thrilled to share my love of science with students and engage them in the scientific method.”

For his outstanding record as a mentor, Wilson has been named winner of the 2014-15 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship at Auburn and will be recognized formally during the university’s faculty awards ceremony this fall.

“This award is in recognition of your sustained efforts to promote excellence in undergraduate scholarship through research,” Auburn Provost Timothy Boosinger said in a letter notifying Wilson of his selection.

In addition to Auburn students from across the campus, Wilson’s young scientists have included 34 undergraduates from other universities across the state and region who, from 2011 through 2013, spent summers in Auburn working with Wilson through his National Science Foundation–funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in aquatic ecology.

“These students were here strictly for the opportunity to do research, because that isn’t an option for them at their home universities,” Wilson said. “I trained them in a variety of skills, such as experimental design, scientific ethics and the how-tos of developing presentations.”

Wilson said training the undergraduate researchers “to do good science” is his primary goal.

“But after that, I want to get them interested in and excited about science,” he said. “I want them to see that science is fun.”

The provost’s mentoring award was established in 2010 to highlight a faculty member’s significant commitment to undergraduate scholarship and creative work outside the classroom.


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