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Commercial Aquaponics

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STEM Educators

Learn how to dynamically engage with your students using STEM principals by engaging with nature through aquaponics.

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Learn what is happening in the academic world with Aquaponics and how it will affect the next generation of farming.

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Community Aquaponics

Growing food for your family or learning how to do your first system? Connect with people who are all doing the same thing.

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Tawnya Sawyer

CEO, Aquaponic Source

Tawnya Sawyer

Tawnya Sawyer

CEO, Aquaponic Source

Aquaponics entrepreneur and systems, owner of the company Colorado Aquaponics and founder of the Aquaponics Association in the United States.

Ken Rust

CEO, Enterprise Aquatics LLC

Ken Rust

Ken Rust

CEO, Enterprise Aquatics LLC

Ken Rust has been managing water and aquatic systems since 1994 with an emphasis on aeration and filtration after earning an MS in Aquaculture from LSU. He provides aquaponic and aquaculture supplies and systems through his company, Enterprise Aquatics.

Jonathan Reyes

CEO, Co-founder, Aquaponics AI

Jonathan Reyes

Jonathan Reyes

CEO, Co-founder, Aquaponics AI

Jon is the CEO and Co-founder of both Aquaponics AI and Tulua for Sustainable Agriculture. He is currently located in Jordan and is dedicated to exploring creative solutions using aquaponics and technology to stimulate micro-economies, radically localize agriculture, and catalyze human capital impact in developing countries.

Nick Savidov, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, Lethbridge College

Nick Savidov, PhD

Nick Savidov, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, Lethbridge College

Senior Research Scientist with Lethbridge College of Centre for Technology, Environment and Design

Sam Fleming

Executive Director, 100 Gardens

Sam Fleming

Sam Fleming

Executive Director, 100 Gardens

Sam is the Executive Director of 100 Gardens, a non-profit that builds large aquaponic systems at schools. Sam also serves as an Advisor to the Aquaponics Association and is an advocate for aquaponics STEM learning in schools and correctional facilities.

Arvind Venkat

Scientific Director, Water Farmers

Arvind Venkat

Arvind Venkat

Scientific Director, Water Farmers

One of the most popular names in the commercial Aquaponics industry worldwide, Arvind is a sustainable solutions innovator with a Masters degree in Engineering and Management. His designs are developed around a unique systems approach to Aquaponic farming.

Steven Goddard, PhD

Aquaculture Scientist, Water Farmers

Steven Goddard, PhD

Steven Goddard, PhD

Aquaculture Scientist, Water Farmers

Based in Belgium, Stephen is Water Farmer's in-house fish expert and aquaculture design supremo. With over 50 years of experience having handled every fish that has ever been farmed on the planet, he is our proudest asset. Stephen also heads our Europe and Africa business interests.

Michael McLeon

CTE Instructor - Windham School District

Michael McLeon

Michael McLeon

CTE Instructor - Windham School District

Officer Michael "Mac" McLeon started training inmates to grow with aquaponics in Texas. He is a teacher with the Windham School District that provides urban farming education to residents of the Texas Prison System. He is now working to spread aquaponics to prisons nationwide for the American Correctional Association.

Rob Torcellini

CEO, Bigelow Brook Farm

Rob Torcellini

Rob Torcellini

CEO, Bigelow Brook Farm

Rob Torcellini has spent most of his professional career in the agricultural, wastewater management, or industrial controls & automation industries. For over ten years, he has been growing using aquaponics. During this time frame, he has designed some products used in the hydroponic and aquaponic markets such as the GrowGrip, now sold around the world. He grows seasonal produce in his two greenhouses and provides educational tours of Bigelow Brook Farm to various community groups and educational institutions.

Benjamin Laramee

Co-founder & Researcher, Ecosystemes Alimentaires Urbains

Benjamin Laramee

Benjamin Laramee

Co-founder & Researcher, Ecosystemes Alimentaires Urbains

Researcher and cofounder of ÉAU, an aquaponics consulting firm based in Quebec, Benjamin seeks to develop a zero waste food production by focusing on eco-engineering, thus promoting biodiversity and the role of microorganisms in aquaponics.

Shumin Wang

CEO, Aone Aquaponic Farm

Shumin Wang

Shumin Wang

CEO, Aone Aquaponic Farm

Shumin' Bio

John Dupuis

Educator, St. Thomas More Catholic High School

John Dupuis

John Dupuis

Educator, St. Thomas More Catholic High School

Teacher of Environmental Science at St. Thomas More Catholic HS in Lafayette, LA for six years. My classes participate in many hands-on projects. We are going into the 5th year of aquaponics. I began aquaculture 12 years ago with the LA Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries Native Fish in the Classroom program where we raise native fish during the school year and culminate in spring, hatching paddlefish fry from eggs in one of our classroom tanks.

Hennen Cummings, PhD

Researcher, Tarleton State University

Hennen Cummings, PhD

Hennen Cummings, PhD

Researcher, Tarleton State University

Wilson Lennard, PhD

CEO, Aquaponic Solutions

Wilson Lennard, PhD

Wilson Lennard, PhD

CEO, Aquaponic Solutions

Dr Wilson Lennard has worked as a professional scientist for over 25 years. He has skills and experience in many biological disciplines, including, freshwater aquatic ecology, environmental biology, constructed wetland design and engineering, freshwater & marine aquaculture, hydroponics, integrated aquatic farming systems and aquaponics. He has worked in the aquaponics field for the last 20 years. Four of those years were associated with him obtaining a PhD degree specialising in the adaptation and optimisation of aquaponics to Australian conditions and fish species. Since 2006 Dr Lennard has concentrated on commercialising aquaponics by bringing predictability to the technology via integrating existing and well-established principles from aquaculture and hydroponics. He currently runs his own global consulting company, Aquaponic Solutions, continues aquaponic research and travels the world teaching aquaponics and consulting to commercial aquaponic projects.

Yemi Amu

Founder Oko Farms

Yemi Amu

Yemi Amu

Founder Oko Farms

Yemi Amu is the Founder and Director of Oko Urban Farms, Inc. In 2013 she established NYC’s first and only publicly accessible out door aquaponics farm - The Oko Farms Aquaponics Education Center. She directs all of Oko Farms' programs including education, design/build projects and community related activities. Yemi is one of NYC’s leading aquaponics expert and is a committed educator. Over the past decade, she has facilitated the creation and maintenance of over 20 edible spaces throughout NYC; created and implemented various culinary, nutrition and gardening programs for both youth and adults; and promotes aquaponics as a tool for environmental awareness and stewardship. Yemi has a M.A. in Health and Nutrition Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was awarded Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, Rising Star in NYC Food Policy (2016).

Liz Bowe & Georgie Burruss

Herring Gut Learning Center

Liz Bowe & Georgie Burruss

Liz Bowe & Georgie Burruss

Herring Gut Learning Center

Liz Bowe and Georgie Burruss are the Aquaculture and Marine Science Teachers at Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde, Maine. They have backgrounds in marine research, animal husbandry, aquaculture and aquaponics systems as well as a combined 10 years of formal experience teaching aquaculture, aquaponics, and marine science in the field, classroom, and lab settings.

R. Charlie Shultz

Lead Faculty of Controlled-Environment Agriculture, Santa Fe Community College

R. Charlie Shultz

R. Charlie Shultz

Lead Faculty of Controlled-Environment Agriculture, Santa Fe Community College

Charlie began working with fish and plants as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech while earning B.S. degrees, in Biology and Fishery Science. After a stint at the University of Georgia working with transgenic fish for toxicology purposes, he found his calling at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. There he specialized in developing aquaponics using tilapia and a variety of plant crops, as well as other fish production systems. After 14 years, Charlie returned to the mainland U.S. for graduate school at Kentucky State University where he researched indoor aquaponics production including an energy analysis and production potential using various lighting technologies. Charlie spent the following two years working at Lethbridge College in Canada, addressing bottlenecks in the commercial aquaponics sector. Then, Charlie ran a commercial aquaponics facility in Texas. The drive to continue research, teaching and extension brought Charlie to SFCC.

Juli Ogden

Lead Trainer & Global G.A.P. Farm Assurer, The Farm Plan

Juli Ogden

Juli Ogden

Lead Trainer & Global G.A.P. Farm Assurer, The Farm Plan

In an industry known for complexity, Juli is pioneering a way of doing things that is within reach of every farm, no matter how large or how small. She is also a food safety expert, speaker and in her former career, Juli was a real estate expert, author and radio show host for Business Talk Radio and Lifestyle Talk Radio. Juli was Washington State Small Business Woman of the Year at age 32. Her no-nonsense, easy to understand approach to food safety is refreshing and her presentations are packed with tips and advice the audience can apply to their own operations. Juli became interested in GLOBAL G.A.P when it was required for her Washington state cherry orchard. She teaches food safety from the farmer’s point of view. ​

Phil Reasons

CEO, Aquasol International

Phil Reasons

Phil Reasons

CEO, Aquasol International

Phil has invested 40 years in the farm lands of the mid-west where he developed animal husbandry and agriculture experience ranging from small organic gardening to large scale cattle and row crop production Phil was the Director of Development for the Peace through Water Foundation and has served as coordinator for several natural disaster relief efforts. Phil was the former Executive Director of Morning Star Fishermen an aquaponic research and training center. His efforts have taken him around the world working with local communities to develop sustainable food production. He has worked in collaboration with the University of South Florida, The University of Florida, The University of Arizona, The Hebrew University in Israel, The Mariculture Institute, Mote Marine Laboratories and many others.

Brian Filipowich

Chairman, Aquaponics Association

Brian Filipowich

Brian Filipowich

Chairman, Aquaponics Association

Brian lives in Washington, DC with his wife, daughter, cat, goldfish, koi, and many red wiggler worms. Brian has been the Chair & CEO of the Aquaponics Association since January, 2017. Brian also founded and operates Anacostia Aquaponics DC, LLC.

Ed (Aquaeddie) Tivnan, ME

High School Biology Teacher

Ed (Aquaeddie) Tivnan, ME

Ed (Aquaeddie) Tivnan, ME

High School Biology Teacher

Passionate, effective Biology teacher resulting in engaging lesson plans that relate scientific concepts to Aquaponics exhibits. My genuine enthusiasm for learning in general and in exploring Biology inspires my students to love learning about Biology. Ed is also a Board Member of the Aquaponics Association, and serves as the Association's Director of STEM Education.

Djimo Serodio

Founder, JustLearn

Djimo Serodio

Djimo Serodio

Founder, JustLearn

Djimo Serodio is the Founder of JustLearn and inventor of PlanetBox, a compact indoor aquaponics kits for homes and schools that comes with curriculum and is serving over 20,000 students in the US. He was born and raised in Mozambique before moving to the US and has been involved with various innovative movements in the agriculture industry including in vertical farming, urban agriculture, rooftop farming, and greenhouses. He believes that aquaponics and the nitrogen cycle are the best tools we have today for developing systems thinking, environmental science and ecological engineering in K-12 pipelines and he's made it his mission to refine the aquaponics experience and leverage its application in education through the PlanetBox platform.

Pedro Casas Cordero

Santa Fe Community College Greenhouse Manager and Instructor

Pedro Casas Cordero

Pedro Casas Cordero

Santa Fe Community College Greenhouse Manager and Instructor

Pedro Casas Cordero is a Greenhouse Manager and Instructor at Santa Fe Community College.

George Brooks Ph.D.

Founder & CEO of NxT Horizon

George Brooks Ph.D.

George Brooks Ph.D.

Founder & CEO of NxT Horizon

Dr. George Brooks Jr., is the Founder, President & CEO of NxT Horizon an Agrifood Tech development and consulting firm that focuses on the urban aquaculture of tilapia and giant freshwater prawns through aquaponics. He is a frequent writer and contributor to a number of publications including Aquaculture Magazine. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce and served as Vice Chair of the team that wrote the new general (business) plan for Phoenix Arizona, America's 6th largest city. He is the past Chair of the South Mountain Village Planning Committee part of the city of Phoenix Planning Commission and helped to write the current state of Arizona regulations on aquaculture. He holds an earned Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries from the University of Arizona. He founded and teaches the Aquaponics course at Mesa Community College in Mesa Arizona now in its 12th semester.

Vernon Byrd

Head, Science and Technology, University of the Nations, Kona, HI campus

Vernon Byrd

Vernon Byrd

Head, Science and Technology, University of the Nations, Kona, HI campus

I am a retired conservation biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For the past 9 years I have been leading the science and technology group at the University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii campus where our Natural Farm Training Center includes aquaponics. My team and I teach construction and operation of small scale aquaponics systems at the Kona campus and in several countries including Nepal where I currently am a part time research associate and PhD candidate at Kathmandu University.

Brunno Cerozi, PhD

Professor, University of Sao Paolo, Brazil

Brunno Cerozi, PhD

Brunno Cerozi, PhD

Professor, University of Sao Paolo, Brazil

Brunno was the fish expert at Superior Fresh; then the aquaponics expert at University of the District of Colombia; and now at

Brandon Yep

Researcher, University of Guelph

Brandon Yep

Brandon Yep

Researcher, University of Guelph

Brandon's bio forthcoming...

Stephen Raisner

Founder & CEO, Potent Ponics

Stephen Raisner

Stephen Raisner

Founder & CEO, Potent Ponics

Steve Raisner is an expert in aquaponics, including aquaponic cannabis cultivation.

Jonathan Van Senten, PhD

Researcher, Virginia Tech, Virginia Seafood AREC

Jonathan Van Senten, PhD

Jonathan Van Senten, PhD

Researcher, Virginia Tech, Virginia Seafood AREC

Dr. van Senten is an “aquaculture economist” at the Virginia Tech Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Hampton, Virginia. Prior to his PhD degree in aquaculture economics (University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), Jonathan obtained a degree in marine biology (Barry University) and graduate degree in marine affairs and policy (University of Miami). Jonathan’s primary research focus is on quantifying the farm-level effects of the regulatory environment on U.S. aquaculture producers. In addition to his work on regulations, Jonathan is also involved in evaluating economic impacts, the feasibility of emerging species for aquaculture, assessing the economic performance of new dietary formulations, ornamental aquaculture and business development, financial benchmarking of aquaculture farms, and aquaponics program development.

Amy Falcone

Owner, Bella Vita Farm

Amy Falcone

Amy Falcone

Owner, Bella Vita Farm

Growing up on a conventional dairy, cattle, grain and swine farm in Somerset, Ohio she never dreamed that one day she would be back to farming. After nursing school at Ohio University she moved to Maryland and worked for over 20 years in the healthcare industry as a Registered Nurse. Since being diagnosed with celiac disease 10 years ago, she has been on a quest to find a healthier way of eating and feeding her family. Aquaponics and organic practices became her passion. She also enjoys planning gatherings and finds joy in the smallest of details that create a big impact.

Chris Mullins

Extension Specialist, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Chris Mullins

Chris Mullins

Extension Specialist, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Chris's bio forthcoming...

Dr. Michael Schwarz

Director - Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Virginia Tech

Dr. Michael Schwarz

Dr. Michael Schwarz

Director - Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Virginia Tech

Dr Michael Schwarz is Director, Virginia Tech: VA Seafood Ag Research and Extension Ctr; Assoc. Dir. of the V. Tech Ctr for Coastal Studies; Lead, V. Tech Coastal Collaborator; and VA Coop. Extension Aquaculture Specialist. Dr. Schwarz has gubernatorial appointments in the Virginia Marine Products Board, and the VA Aquaculture Advisory Board. He is also: Pres. ,Quantum Tides Inc., which is an Int'l Aquaculture Consulting Firm; Past-Pres. of the World Aquaculture Society and U.S. Aquaculture Society; and founder of the Int'l Initiative for Sustainable and Biosecure Aquafarming. Michael’s passion is the sustainable development/expansion of global aquaculture through research, extension, education, and industrial development. His aquaculture activities incorporate close interactions with government, NGO, academic, private, and public sector stakeholders.

Mr. Dre Taylor

M2M Nile Valley Aquaponics

Mr. Dre Taylor

Mr. Dre Taylor

M2M Nile Valley Aquaponics

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Dr. Ravi Jadeja

Oklahoma State University Department of Agriculture, Food, Forestry, and Food Safety

Dr. Ravi Jadeja

Dr. Ravi Jadeja

Oklahoma State University Department of Agriculture, Food, Forestry, and Food Safety

forthcoming

Dr. Kaben Smallwood

President, Symbiotic Aquaponic LLC

Dr. Kaben Smallwood

Dr. Kaben Smallwood

President, Symbiotic Aquaponic LLC

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Dr. Regina Greuel Cook

Vice President, Symbiotic Aquaponic

Dr. Regina Greuel Cook

Dr. Regina Greuel Cook

Vice President, Symbiotic Aquaponic

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Dr. Tracey Payton-Miller

Langston University

Dr. Tracey Payton-Miller

Dr. Tracey Payton-Miller

Langston University

forthcoming

Joseph Tetreault

Harrisburg University

Joseph Tetreault

Joseph Tetreault

Harrisburg University

forthcoming

Kenneth R. Thompson

Kentucky State University

Kenneth R. Thompson

Kenneth R. Thompson

Kentucky State University

forthcoming

Professor Elena Mente

University of Thessaly, School of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Envi

Professor Elena Mente

Professor Elena Mente

University of Thessaly, School of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Envi

forthcoming

Ryan Lefers

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Ryan Lefers

Ryan Lefers

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

forthcoming

Leo Fleckenstein

Kentucky State University

Leo Fleckenstein

Leo Fleckenstein

Kentucky State University

forthcoming

Jill Fisk

Kentucky State University

Jill Fisk

Jill Fisk

Kentucky State University

Brian Rusk

FarmWild, Bellingham, WA

Brian Rusk

Brian Rusk

FarmWild, Bellingham, WA

forthcoming

Wyatt Stanford

Director of Public Relations, Symbiotic Aquaponic LLC

Wyatt Stanford

Wyatt Stanford

Director of Public Relations, Symbiotic Aquaponic LLC

Wyatt Stanford is an up-and-coming strategic communications professional having graduated at the top of his class from the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He was selected as a 2019-2020 Fulbright scholar, working as an English teaching assistant in the French education system. Wyatt now serves as the Director of Public Relations at Symbiotic Aquaponic, where he passionately leads digital marketing and communications and aids in outreach and education. In his free time, Wyatt enjoys photography, traveling, and being outdoors.

Joshua Ringer

Langston University

Joshua Ringer

Joshua Ringer

Langston University

forthcoming

Dr. Kamal Gosh

Langston University

Dr. Kamal Gosh

Dr. Kamal Gosh

Langston University

forthcoming

Gary Ledford

Jesse Ranch

Gary Ledford

Gary Ledford

Jesse Ranch

forthcoming

Dr. Suguna Tummala

Principle Scientist, Andhra Pradesh Fisheries Research Station

Dr. Suguna Tummala

Dr. Suguna Tummala

Principle Scientist, Andhra Pradesh Fisheries Research Station

forthcoming

Yusuf Mario Germino

Operations Coordinator, Aquaponica, Saudi Arabia

Yusuf Mario Germino

Yusuf Mario Germino

Operations Coordinator, Aquaponica, Saudi Arabia

forthcoming

Cristian Bulbuc

Romanian Aquaponics Association

Cristian Bulbuc

Cristian Bulbuc

Romanian Aquaponics Association

forthcoming

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