About Us

The Shellfish Aquaculture Research and Extension Program is a university-based program that supports integrated research, education and extension to develop, sustain, and enhance economic opportunities for the shellfish aquaculture industry in Florida.

We are an integral part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida, one of the nation’s leading Land Grant universities. The mission of IFAS, a federal-state-county partnership, is to develop the knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and life sciences, and enhance and sustain the quality of human life by making that information accessible.

We tap into the expertise of scientists of various disciplines located at the university’s 20 departments and schools. Our statewide specialists lead highly relevant programs including seafood safety, aquaculture economics and business management, invertebrate physiology and ecology, shellfish reproduction, soil and water sciences, and more. Our extension, education and outreach programs are done in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension, Florida Sea Grant and coastal counties of Florida.

Faculty and Staff

Cedar Key Field Office

Leslie Sturmer Shellfish Aquaculture LNST@ufl.edu
Leslie Sturmer
Shellfish Aquaculture
LNST@ufl.edu

Carter Cyr Biological Scientist ccyr399@ufl.edu
Carter Cyr
Biological Scientist
ccyr399@ufl.edu

 Reggie Markham Field Technician reggie.markham@ufl.edu
Reggie Markham
Field Technician
Email


On-campus Departments

Charles Adams Marine Economics and Business Mgmt cmadams@ufl.edu
Charles Adams
Marine Economics
and Business Mgmt
cmadams@ufl.edu
Shirley Baker Bivalve Ecology and Physiology sbaker25@ufl.edu
Shirley Baker
Bivalve Ecology and Physiology
sbaker25@ufl.edu
 Todd Osborne Aquatic and Soil Biogeochemistry osbornet@ufl.edu
Todd Osborne
Aquatic and Soil Biogeochemistry
osbornet@ufl.edu
 Steve Otwell Seafood Safety and Technology otwell@ufl.edu
Steve Otwell
Seafood Safety and Technology
otwell@ufl.edu
 Huiping Yang Mollusk Aquaculture and Restoration huipingyang@ufl.edu
Huiping Yang
Mollusk Aquaculture and Restoration
huipingyang@ufl.edu