About Us

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.

Cedar Key Faculty

Leslie Sturmer
Shellfish Aquaculture

Natalie Anderson
Biological Scientist

Reggie Markham
Farm Manager

UF Faculty

Shirley Baker
School of Forest, Fisheries, &
Geomatics Sciences

Bivalve Ecology and Physiology

Angela Collins
Tropical Aquaculture Lab
Assistant Extension Scientist

Ed Camp
Environmental and Global Health Department

Razieh Farzad
Food Science and Human Nutrition Department
Seafood Safety, HACCP

Andrew Kane
Environmental and Global Health Department
Aquatic Pathology and Toxicology

Todd Osborne
Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience
Aquatic and Soil Biogeochemistry

Edward Phlips
School of Forest, Fisheries, &
Geomatics Sciences

Algal Physiology and Ecology

Andrew Ropicki
Food And Resource Economics Department
Marine Economics and Business Mgmt

Ashley Smyth
Tropical Research & Education Center
Soil and Water Sciences

Huiping Yang
School of Forest, Fisheries, &
Geomatics Sciences

Mollusk Aquaculture and Restoration

Florida Sea Grant
A full list of specialists or affiliates
is available at FSG Directory