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Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

A close-up image of a sturgeon

This research area focuses on the ecology and health of aquatic systems, whether that's a pond, lake, river, or ocean system. Our faculty's areas of expertise cover freshwater species that are native to Georgia, as well as special populations and issues that may arise within Georgia's waterways.

Faculty projects include:

  • Sturgeon
  • Mussels
  • Aquaponics and aquaculture
  • Algae and algal blooms

Graduate Degrees in Fisheries Science

Areas of concentration include fish ecology, fisheries management, population dynamics, aquaculture, fish physiology, and aquatic toxicology, and harmful algae. These areas are strongly supported by other programs on campus, including the Odum School of Ecology, the Georgia Sea Grant Program, the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, the U.S.G.S. Biological Resources Division, Georgia Cooperative Fisheries and Wildlife Unit and Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Students completing graduate degrees in Fisheries Science are prepared for employment in academia, federal and state agencies, and in the private sector.

CURRICULUM

Fisheries Science can be pursued under the MNR, MS, and PhD degree programs. To pursue Fisheries Science as an official area of emphasis (MNR only), the following courses are required:

MNR Fisheries Science requirements

Questions?

For general questions about pursuing a graduate degree at Warnell, contact a member of the graduate team:

Dr. Jacek Siry, Graduate Coordinator
Office: 4-501
Phone: 706-542-3060

Kate deDufour, Graduate Program Administrator
Office: 1-217
Phone: 706-542-1183

Shira Hersonsky, Graduate Administrative Assistant
Office: 1-217
Phone: 706-542-1183

Prospective students should also contact faculty members for questions specific to this disciplinary area. Please check faculty members’ personal pages for information about their individual research interests and projects to ensure that you are contacting the most relevant ones.

Personnel

Major research themes explored in my lab are related to understanding the effects of environmental pollutants on fish and freshwater mussels as sentinels of ecosystem health. Current areas of research include: 1) endocrine disruption in fish exposed to agrochemicals, 2) factors and effects …

I am interested in all levels of vertebrate ecology and specialize in assemblage and population dynamics, habitat selection and behavior. See my personal website for more information http://www.garygrossman.net/

My research is broadly focused on applied ecology embedded within a framework of answering theoretical questions to better understand and manage aquatic ecosystems. My general research interests are centered on the context of describing how the environment influences fish population dynamics and…

Ecotoxicology Conservation Biology Aquatic Ecology Fish Ecology Invertebrate Biology Malacology

Threatened aquatic species; water quality management in aquaculture and in fisheries biology.

Ecological impacts of harmful algal blooms in freshwater and marine systems on fish and wildlife. Watershed development, stormwater best management practices, and impacts on water quality. Toxic cyanobacteria, invasive plants, reservoir limnology, and Avian Vacuolar Myelinopathy. Interactions…

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