Troy Farmer Academic Achievements

     Troy Farmer, who holds a bachelor’s degree in fisheries management from Auburn and will be awarded his master’s in fish ecology in December, was one of 10 fisheries graduate students nationwide to be awarded the American Fisheries Society’s 2008 Skinner Memorial Award. That honor carries with it a cash award that winners use to attend the society’s annual meeting. At the 2008 meeting, held in Ottawa, Canada, in August, Farmer presented his master’s research and was selected to be part of the “Best Student Paper Symposium,” which included the top 16 student presesntations at the meeting. His master’s research focused on the dynamics of mercury bioaccumulation in largemouth bass and Southern flounder in Alabama’s Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. His co-advisors were fisheries professors Dennis DeVries and Rusty Wright. Though Farmer officially won’t receive his M.S. until December, he already has completed his master’s work and moved to Columbus, Ohio, to begin his Ph.D. studies in evolutio, ecology and organismal biology at Ohio State. His career goal is to become a fisheries reseacher at either the federal level or a research university.

David Stormer wins 3rd place in the 2007 Graduate Research Forum

The Graduate Student Council Research Forum Committee would like to congratulate you (David Stormer) on your performance at the 2007 Research Forum. The judges evaluation scores have been totaled. They ranked your presentation third for the Sciences category (135 participants).

Please join your fellow graduate students to receive recognition for this accomplishment at the Spring Awards Picnic on April 4 at 12pm at the Arboretum. Lunch will be served and friends and family are encouraged to attend. At the picnic you will receive a plaque, cash award amount and your evaluation packets for your presentation.


First place: Nayana Kuruppu Wijayawardhane (Pharmacy)
Second place: Fang Zhu (Entomology)
Third place: David Stormer (Fisheries)


First place: Shaoen Wu (Computer Science)
Second place: Asa Vaughan (Chemical Engineering)
Third place: An-Jen Cheng (Electrical and Computer Engineering


First place: Katie Brock (Consumer Affairs)
Second place: Leah Rigdon (Rural Sociology)
Third place: Michelle Breland (Counselor Education)

AU Students win at 2007 Aquaculture Meeting

Evan Durland wins first place and a $400 prize


Alison Hutson wins second place and a $200 prize


An outstanding AU graduate, Eric Peatman

Eric James Peatman was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. He graduated from William S. Hart High School, Newhall, California, in 1999. After short stints in both Auburn’s political science and pre-vet programs, he decided to pursue a bachelor of science degree in Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures. He graduated summa cum laude in December 2002, and quickly began work on a master’s degree in Fisheries in the Fish Genomics and Biotechnology lab under the supervision of Dr. John Liu. Eric’s research generated genetic resources necessary for the construction of an oyster microarray, a genomic tool currently being used to study oyster gene expression patterns in the context of stress and disease. After successful completion of his master’s research in 2004, he applied and was accepted into Auburn’s Cell and Molecular Biosciences (CMB) interdepartmental program for doctoral studies. After CMB rotations, he returned to the Fish Genomics lab to conduct genomic research on catfish. His doctoral research combined the fields of immunology, bioinformatics, and genomics to study immune gene components of channel catfish. During his coursework at Auburn (229 credit hours total) he received an “A” in all courses.
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He has published over 20 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and 2 book chapters on his research during his time at Auburn and has presented his research at scientific meetings both in the United States and abroad. He received the National Aquaculture Genome Travel Award in 2005 for his outstanding presentation at the International Plant and Animal Genome Conference. He graduated with his doctoral degree in May 2007, serving in the honorary role of graduate marshal to Auburn’s Graduate School. He is currently continuing his research training as a NIH postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Pathology of the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. In the future, he hopes to apply cutting-edge techniques from the field of human medicine towards developing therapeutic solutions to diseases prevalent among aquaculture fish species. Eric is married to Allison Peatman (AU graduate 2003), and they have a 1.5 year-old son, Henry Leighton Peatman. They currently reside in Decatur, GA. Let's hear it for Eric!

High school aquaculture program produces Honors Scholar

After getting involved in her high school aquaculture project in Fairhope, Alabama, Lauren Littleton knew what she wanted to study when she started college at Auburn in 2003. And did she study! She finished her freshman year receiving the Gamma Sigma Delta, Outstanding Freshman Award in the College of Agriculture. She graduated with her BS in Fisheries Science in May as a University Honors Scholar and Summa Cum Laude. Lauren plans to relax some this summer, maybe take some courses at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and then start graduate school at Southern Mississippi University this Fall.

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