David Rouse

David Rouse earned a BS in marine biology in 1971 and MS in Fisheries in 1973 from Auburn University. After 6 years as a biologist for the State of Alabama he completed his PhD in Fisheries at Texas A&M.  He joining the Auburn Faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1981 and developed a research and teaching program in crustacean and molluscan aquaculture.  His research interest included biology and culture of freshwater prawns, American and Australian crayfish, marine shrimp and oysters.  He developed and taught a graduate course in Crustacean and Molluscan Aquaculture and directed the graduate studies of 40 graduate students.  He published over 75 manuscripts in scientific journals and served on editorial boards and boards of directors for the World Aquaculture Society and International Astacologist Society.  He provided technical assistance in the area of aquaculture development in 35 countries.  In 2001 he was recognized by Auburn University with an Alumni Professorship.  In 2002 he was selected to serve as department head of the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures and Director of the International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments.    As head he oversaw the construction of the AU Shellfish Lab on Dauphin Island and the Center for Aquatic Resource Management at the E. W. Shell Fisheries Research Center.  In 2013 he helped with the transition of the department to become the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences.  He retired in late 2013 as the schools first director.