1756Oneal smitherman completed a ph. d. at auburn university in fisheries in 1964. he became a faculty member in the department in 1967. he served as head of party on an usaid sponsered aquaculture development project in panama during 1972-73. during 1990/1991 he served on assignment as director of the office of aquaculture and chairman of the federal interagency joint subcommittee on aquaculture with the crsp/usda in washington d. c. he retired in 1994. his research concentrated on fish breeding, aquaculture production and fish genetics. he started the departmental program in fish genetics in 1981.