Personnel

Director


Michael P. De Luca
Director
Email: deluca@marine.rutgers.edu | Phone: 848-932-3474

 

Faculty


Thomas Grothues
Associate Research Professor
Physical factors that determine the abundance and distribution of marine organisms
Email: grothues@marine.rutgers.edu | Phone 609-296-5260 x262

Why do you enjoy working at the AIC?
   I am interested in the physical factors that determine the abundance and distribution of marine organisms. Many mobile species have startlingly different larval and adult stages with different ways and paths of movement and with ecological niches as different as between caterpillars and butterflies. Physical factors act on these stages in very different ways. One of the ways to study movement is through the use of electronic tracking devices. I like working at the AIC becasue the tanks are large enough for experiments on how to best tag and track horseshoe crabs, especially small juveniles, which molt and shed external tags. This information would help with an understanding of how aquaculture practices could benefit struggling horseshoe crab populations.

 

Ximing Guo 
Professor
Shellfish genetics and breeding
Email: xguo@hsrl@rutgers.edu | Phone: 856-785-0074 x4324
Why do you enjoy working at the AIC?
   The AIC is a state-of-art facility for shellfish production and research. It has intermediate salinity that is suitable for the variety of marine organisms. It is an ideal place to develop new varieties and technologies for aquaculture.

 

Daphne Munroe
Assistant Research Professor
Ecology of marine larvae and coastal Populations dynamics
Email: dmunroe@hsrl.rutgers.edu | Phone 856-785-0074 x4325

 

James Simon
Director, New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Program
Natural products from microalgae
Email: jimsimon@rutgers.edu

 

Qing-li Wu
Associate Research Professor
Natural products from microalgae
Email: qlwu@sebs.rutgers.edu

 

Research and Technical Staff


Lisa Ragone Calvo
Aquaculture Extension Program Coordinator
Community-based oyster restoration
Email: lcalvo@hsrl.rutgers.edu | Phone: 856-785-0074 x4302

 

David Jones
AIC Operations Manager / Laboratory Researcher II
Hatchery facilities and operations, shellfish culture
Email: David.Jones@rutgers.edu | Phone: 609-884-3139

 

Joshua Kiernan
Laboratory/Technical Assistant
Algal production
Email: Joshua.Kiernan@rutgers.edu | Phone: 609-884-3139
Why do you enjoy working at the AIC?
   I enjoy the open, fun and welcoming environment that my fellow staff create at the AIC.

 

Matthew Neuman
Shellfish Production Manager / Laboratory Researcher III
Shellfish husbandry
Email: Matt.Neuman@rutgers.edu | Phone: 609-884-3139
Why do you enjoy working at the AIC?
   I enjoy working at the AIC because of the friendly atmosphere and working with an array of talented individuals. I also like that the work is very dynamic and there is always something new to learn, design, or construct.

 

Sean Towers
Research Coordinator / Laboratory Researcher III
Microalgae culture, research coordination, photo-bioreactor technology, algal-based nutraceutial development
Email: Sean.Towers@rutgers.edu | Phone: 609-884-3139
Why do you enjoy working at the AIC?
   It is exciting and fulfilling to work at a facility that bridges the gap between research and true-scale, “real-world” application. The ability to see the work we do translate into building a local, sustainable, and eco-friendly aquaculture industry gives me great joy. The staff, students, and seasonal technicians working here are all extremely talented individuals and all care deeply about the work we do. Everyone is actively doing their own small part to ensure a healthier and more sustainable world moving forward.

 

Graduate Students


Michael Acquafredda
PhD Candidate
Optimal culture conditions for surfclams and other shellfish
Email: Michael.Acquafredda@rutgers.edu | Phone: 732-275-2793
Why do you enjoy working at the AIC?
   I enjoy working at the AIC because it offers valuable resources that facilitate my research. At the AIC, I am able to run multiple experiments simultaneously due to the facilities expansive size, its lab space and shellfish husbandry equipment, its helpful personnel, and its access to both raw and treated seawater.

 

Samantha Gilbert-Lynch
PhD Candidate
Optimal culture conditions for bay scallops
Email: S.Gilbert@rutgers.edu
Why do you enjoy working at the AIC?
   The knowledgeable and helpful staff members create a productive working environment.

 

Bernard Somers
PhD Candidate
Natural products from microalgae
Email: Bernard.Somers@rutgers.edu


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