Aquaponic Community Learning Tracks that Power Your Success

Wherever you are in your aquaponic journey there is a community for you. Engage with industry professionals and grow your aquaponic skills.

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Commercial Aquaponics

Experienced aquaponic growers can help you understand more about what it means to run a commercial facility in today's climate.

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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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Research

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

Co-Owner The Aquaponic Source and Colorado Aquaponics, passionate about community impact projects and experiential learning opportunities for students of any age.

JD Sawyer

Co-Owner The Aquaponic Source

JD Sawyer

JD Sawyer

Co-Owner The Aquaponic Source

Since 2009, JD and his wife Tawnya have been researching, designing, building and operating aquaponic systems for homes, school, communities and farms.

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.

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

Manager, Aone Aquaponic Farm

Shumin Wang

Shumin Wang

Manager, Aone Aquaponic Farm

Mr. Shumin Wang is the Founder and Manager of Aone Aquaponic Farms.

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

Assistant Professor, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brunno Cerozi, PhD

Brunno Cerozi, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dr. Brunno da Silva Cerozi is an Assistant Professor at the College of Agriculture of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. With over 10 years of experience conducting research and growing fish and plants in aquaponic systems, Dr. Cerozi has held many lectures, workshops and award-winning conference presentations. He has devoted his career to studying nutrient dynamics in integrated aquaculture-agriculture hopeful that his research will encourage the spread of sustainable food production systems around the globe.

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

I grew up on a farm in Ohio that was dairy, grain, cattle and swine producing. Not thinking I really wanted to be a farmer I chose to go into nursing. I practiced as a Registered Nurse for 20 plus years in a critical care setting and management before deciding to stay home with our children. I am a mother of five and have two beautiful granddaughters. After 9 years at home, and being diagnosed with Celiac, I became extremely focused on what I was eating. It was while on a 2017 family vacation in Utah, and eating at a restaurant being totally supported by an onsite aquaponics farm, that Bella Vita Farm became a vision. We bought a farm in September 2017.

Chris Mullins

Extension Specialist, Virginia State University, VCE

Chris Mullins

Chris Mullins

Extension Specialist, Virginia State University, VCE

Chris has a B.S. and M.S. in Biology and more than 25 years of experience in greenhouse production of horticulture crops, including owning and operating greenhouse operations, and 20 years of experience in research and extension/outreach. He currently serves as Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist for Greenhouse and Specialty Crops at Virginia State University with responsibility for leading and managing the state-wide extension program in the area of protected culture of horticulture crops. His current areas of research and extension work include: hydroponics, greenhouse management, specialty crops, vegetable production, irrigation, high tunnel crop production and aquaponics. Chris has been co-principle investigator on more than $1,000,000 in grant funded projects in the last 10 years and authored or co-authored more than 10 extension and journal publications. Chris can be seen monthly on the TV show Real Virginia on the gardening segment “From the Ground Up”.

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.

Dre Taylor

Founder of Nile Valley Aquaponics

Dre Taylor

Dre Taylor

Founder of Nile Valley Aquaponics

Dre Taylor is one of the country’s leaders our food systems . He is the founder of Nile Valley(NVA) Aquaponics 100,000 Pound Food Project in Kansas City, Missouri, it is the largest commercial facility in the state of missouri.

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

Ravi Jadeja, PhD currently serves as an assistant professor and food safety specialist at Oklahoma State University. His responsibilities include providing food safety regulatory and third-party audits training and technical assistance to Oklahoma produce growers and food processors.

Kaben Smallwood, JD/MBA

CEO, Symbiotic Aquaponic LLC

Kaben Smallwood, JD/MBA

Kaben Smallwood, JD/MBA

CEO, Symbiotic Aquaponic LLC

Kaben Smallwood is the President and CEO of Symbiotic Aquaponic. Kaben’s passion for aquaponics is connected to growing-up around his grandparents' farm in Southeast Oklahoma. He has helped prepare the land, plant seeds, maintain the crops, and harvest the family farm for over two decades. Working together with his brother Shelby, Kaben has overseen farm operations for the past several years. As a trained economist, he appreciates that aquaponic agriculture has higher yields, less waste, and requires less labor. Aquaponics also appeals to Kaben's Native American heritage. He is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and appreciates that aquaponics is natural and conserves water. Kaben has a degree in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar and a faculty member at Eastern Oklahoma State College.

Regina Greuel Cook, Ph.D., MPH

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Regina Greuel Cook, Ph.D., MPH

Regina Greuel Cook, Ph.D., MPH

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Regina has been part of Symbiotic Aquaponic since its beginnings in 2012. She oversees marketing, communications, and outreach activities for the organization. Regina has a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma. She received her masters degree and Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with an emphasis on the social determinants of health and obesity. She is passionate about improving health and the quality of life through environmental changes.

Dr. Tracey Payton-Miller

Asst. Professor of Horticulture, Langston University

Dr. Tracey Payton-Miller

Dr. Tracey Payton-Miller

Asst. Professor of Horticulture, Langston University

Tracey is currently an Assistant Professor of Horticulture and Plant and Soil Sciences Program Leader at Langston University in Oklahoma. Tracey became interested in plant-related research early in her college career while working at the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Cimarron Valley Research station. After a semester in Greece studying cucumber genetics, she earned her B.S. in Horticulture, minor Entomology, from OSU. While employed at a wholesale greenhouse in Nebraska, she developed a keen interest in the insects feeding on the plants. Shortly afterward she returned to Oklahoma to work as a Biological Science Technician at the USDA-ARS in Stillwater. While there, she received her M.S. in Entomology from OSU. After graduation, she joined the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service in Norman for 10 years. During this time, Tracey earned her Ph.D. in Entomology working on the Aphidius colemani-Rhopalosiphum padi banker plant system for aphid control in greenhouses.

Joseph Tetreault

Researcher, Harrisburg University

Joseph Tetreault

Joseph Tetreault

Researcher, Harrisburg University

I am passionate about developing a circular nutrient economy in the controlled environmental agriculture industry. My research background is in agricultural wastewater treatment and aquaponic system design.

Kenneth R. Thompson

Research & Extension Associate, Kentucky State University

Kenneth R. Thompson

Kenneth R. Thompson

Research & Extension Associate, Kentucky State University

There is a need for secondary schools to provide more authentic, hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and specifically, project-based investigation (PBI) environments in the classroom that focus on real-world problems relevant to students’ experiences, interest, and lives that manifest the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) following practices they prescribe.

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

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Leo Fleckenstein

Research Associate, Kentucky State University

Leo Fleckenstein

Leo Fleckenstein

Research Associate, Kentucky State University

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Jill Fisk

Kentucky State University

Jill Fisk

Jill Fisk

Kentucky State University

I have a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Biology, and am currently working on a M.S. in Environmental Studies. I have been working with Dr. Andrew Ray at Kentucky State University, School of Aquaculture since 2017 and am focusing on brackish water aquaponics research. I have a strong plant background, having 20+ years' experience in the green industry. I enjoy growing my own food and spending as much time as possible outdoors enjoying the beauty of nature.

Brian Rusk

FarmWild, Bellingham, WA

Brian Rusk

Brian Rusk

FarmWild, Bellingham, WA

Brian is the Head Farmer in Charge at FarmWild in Bellingham, WA. Brian earned a PHD in hydrothermal geochemistry from the University of Oregon in 2003. Since that time, he has published numerous journal articles on the formation of natural resources, and has received numerous awards for these scientific endeavors. Brian founded FarmWild in 2017, with a goal of raising food in ways that are healthy for people, animals, and the planet. So far, he has not won any awards for this work, but it just feels better to him.

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

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Dr. Kamal Gosh

Assistant Professor, Langston University

Dr. Kamal Gosh

Dr. Kamal Gosh

Assistant Professor, Langston University

Dr. Kamal Gosh, Assistant Professor of Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources (NR) Langston University, OK, teaches and conduct research on aquaponics and NR. Over the 20 years of his experience, he has published 18 research papers. He received a Ph.D. degree in aquaculture from Auburn University, Alabama and received 3 subsequent M.Sc. degrees from Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Bangladesh; Stirling University, UK, and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Arkansas in aquaculture, economics, and NR, respectively. He held a B.Sc. degree in fisheries science from BAU. He has currently served as review panel member at NOAA’s grant proposal competition.

Gary Ledford

Jesse Ranch

Gary Ledford

Gary Ledford

Jesse Ranch

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Dr. Suguna Tummala

Principle Scientist, Andhra Pradesh Fisheries Research Station

Dr. Suguna Tummala

Dr. Suguna Tummala

Principle Scientist, Andhra Pradesh Fisheries Research Station

forthcoming

Cristian Bulbuc

Romanian Aquaponics Association

Cristian Bulbuc

Cristian Bulbuc

Romanian Aquaponics Association

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Lorenzo Fruscella

PhD Candidate, University of Greenwich, London

Lorenzo Fruscella

Lorenzo Fruscella

PhD Candidate, University of Greenwich, London

Originally from Rome, I am a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara, USA (Aquatic Biology, BSc), and the University of Stirling, Scotland (Sustainable Aquaculture, MSc) Over the past ten years, I have worked in a variety of marine and aquatic biology research centres, aquariums, and aquaculture farms. I have experience in the culturing of marine seaweeds, holothurians, cobia, red drum, Chinook salmon, lumpfish, and tilapia. I am currently based in London, where I am pursuing a PhD, doing research on aquaponics and sustainable farming practices. My project focuses on the development of soil-based aquaponic systems, and on the organic certification of aquaponics, where I am challenging the criteria that establish organic certification both in greenhouse-based horticulture and aquaculture. To this end, I am conducting experiments where soil is introduced into aquaponics, and testing ways to substantially increase fish welfare.

Dr Benz Kotzen

Associate Professor, University of Greenwich

Dr Benz Kotzen

Dr Benz Kotzen

Associate Professor, University of Greenwich

Mohammed Khandaker

PhD Candidate, University of Greenwich, London

Mohammed Khandaker

Mohammed Khandaker

PhD Candidate, University of Greenwich, London

Mohammed Khandaker is an Aquaponics Researcher at the University of Greenwich, London. Mohammed does research on Vertical Aquaponics, Asian vegetables in aquaponics system.

Kate Wildrick

Co-Founder, Ingenuity Innovation Center

Kate Wildrick

Kate Wildrick

Co-Founder, Ingenuity Innovation Center

I am the Co-Founder of the Ingenuity Innovation Center, LLC, one of Oregon's first Benefit Companies. We are focused on creating community based solutions that focus on sustainable practices. Everything we develop and build is shared using an open source platform. Our goal is to develop a prototype community innovation center and replicate it. Here, we invite the community to become inspired to learn, connect and incorporate new and old ideas to address the challenges we are facing on a personal, community and global level. We recognize that there are obsolete ways of thinking that do not serve us individually or collectively as a whole. We believe that if we give a place where local communities can come together and socially innovate around building sustainable solutions, that we will find new ways of living and thriving. We create a safe space where people can share, build and discover will help develop new ways of thinking, building and sharing.

Sarah Milliken

University of Greenwich, UK

Sarah Milliken

Sarah Milliken

University of Greenwich, UK

Sarah Milliken is a researcher at the University of Greenwich, UK. Her interest in aquaponics is focused on its use as an educational tool and as a vehicle to address various social issues. She was project manager of the EU Aquaponics Hub (2014-2018) which aimed to develop aquaponics in the EU, by leading the research agenda through the creation of a networking hub of research and industry professionals, and by contributing to the training of young aquaponic scientists. She subsequently coordinated Aqu@teach (2017-2020) which developed the first aquaponics curriculum for higher education, in collaboration with universities in Switzerland, Spain and Slovenia.

George "Joe" Pate

CEO & Founder of Regenerative Ecosystems and Regen Aquaculture

George "Joe" Pate

George "Joe" Pate

CEO & Founder of Regenerative Ecosystems and Regen Aquaculture

George "Joe" Pate is a leading aquaponic consultant and the founder of Regenerative Ecosystems- an agricultural consulting company specializing in the research, development, and implementation of regenerative agriculture practices and bio-technologies. Regen Aquaculture is our branch dedicated to Regenerative Aquaculture Systems like Aquaponics. Joe grew up in Northern Kentucky, surrounded by farms and forest. Joe’s mother is a horticultural expert, and so he spent much of his youth working in food and ornamental gardens, observing nature, and learning how to ‘communicate’ with plants. Like many of us, Joe has experienced first hand the consequences of conventional agricultural systems. It depletes life in our soils, waterways, and skies, increases farmers’ hardships, and produces poor quality ‘food,’ which has led to a pandemic of health issues. Driven by a desire to make the world a better place and to “be the change,” Joe seeks to increase sustainable agriculture!

Lee Frankel

Executive Director, Coalition for Sustainable Organics

Lee Frankel

Lee Frankel

Executive Director, Coalition for Sustainable Organics

The Coalition for Sustainable Organics is a group of environmentally and socially responsible growers committed to maintaining the USDA’s current lofty standards for certifying organic produce. Comprised of growers big and small, the CSO advocates for the continued allowance of containerized growing methods (including hydroponic and aquaponic) under the National Organic Program, while enabling growers to select the most appropriate production system for their specific site and commodity needs. Lee is driven by the desire to better align and coordinate the supply chain from the producer to the consumer. He has led several fresh fruit and vegetable organizations as the CEO including the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas and United Potato Growers of America. He enjoys helping the organizations in the fresh produce industry improve their competitiveness through developing market analyses and strategic operating plans, creating more secure regulatory environments.

Frank Currie

Lead Faculty, Distributed Energy Technologies and Systems Santa Fe Community College

Frank Currie

Frank Currie

Lead Faculty, Distributed Energy Technologies and Systems Santa Fe Community College

Frank is leading the development of the Smart and Microgrid Training Center at Santa Fe Community College. Within this role he is spearheading the development of the Distributed Energy Technologies and Systems program, a certificate, AAS, and AS program specializing in smart and microgrid systems education and training. Most recently, Frank worked as an R&D engineer in the energy Storage Technologies and Systems group at Sandia National Laboratories. Prior to that Frank's work includes teaching in secondary institutions and community colleges, and fifteen years of electrical engineering work in transmission planning and industrial automation. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University.

Nate Downey

President, Lettuce, Etc, LLC

Nate Downey

Nate Downey

President, Lettuce, Etc, LLC

After 25 years as a cutting-edge permaculture landscape designer/contractor, Nate Downey fell into the aquaponics vortex in early 2017 when he took a class with R. Charlie Shultz. Planning to pick up basic knowledge in order to upsell systems to his eco-conscious clients, like so much nitrifying bacteria Nate soon felt compelled toward a greater purpose. When he took a greenhouse-design class with Charlie the following semester, Nate realized the possibility of carbon-neutral commercial greenhouses and became instantly hooked on the belief that aquaponics will be key to feeding an increasingly hungry planet. Nate has taken the commercial aquaponics classes at the Aquaponics Source and Ouroboros, attended the last two Aquaponics Association conferences, and spent the last 16 months as a commercial-aquaponics student-intern under Pedro Casas and Charlie at SFCC. Nate is also the author of Harvest the Rain, Roof-Reliant Landscaping, and over 200 articles about permaculture.

Chef Mathew Morgan

FoodOlogy Creative Catering

Chef Mathew Morgan

Chef Mathew Morgan

FoodOlogy Creative Catering

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Timothy Sullivan, Ph.D.

National Program Leader, USDA NIFA

Timothy Sullivan, Ph.D.

Timothy Sullivan, Ph.D.

National Program Leader, USDA NIFA

Dr. Tim Sullivan is a National Program Leader of Animal Production Systems at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture where he provides leadership for programs in aquaculture, animal health, and biotechnology. Before joining NIFA, Tim was a fishery research scientist at the Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute where he developed CRISPR-based aquatic disease diagnostics supported by NIFA’s Exploratory Research program. He obtained a B.S. in Biology from the College of Wooster, and then studied genetics, genomics, marine and freshwater biology, and animal health while obtaining a M.S. degree in Biology from the University of Toledo and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He then worked to identify genome regions related to learning ability as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Jose-Luis Izursa

Lecturer & Advisor, Environmental Science & Technology Dept., University of Maryland

Dr. Jose-Luis Izursa

Dr. Jose-Luis Izursa

Lecturer & Advisor, Environmental Science & Technology Dept., University of Maryland

A sustainable development and environmental scientist by training, Dr. Izursa’s primary teaching topics are the design and application of multi-trophic systems as an option for sustainable food production, international crop production, climate-smart agriculture, and the design and use of innovative social markets techniques as payment for ecosystem services. His research interest are energy and nutrient fluxes in integrated food production systems; water dynamics in sustainable food production; hydroponics, and aquaponics. He has completed a post-doctoral program with the University of Florida, focusing his research on quantifying energy balances of biofuel feedstock production systems and their effect on greenhouse gases production. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences; his M.Sc. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland; his M.Sc. in Higher Education from the University Amazónica of Pando and has won a number of honors and awards.

Katie Naessens

Professional Staff, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Sen. Stabenow

Katie Naessens

Katie Naessens

Professional Staff, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Sen. Stabenow

forthcoming

Patricia Millner, Ph.D.

Research Microbiologist USDA-ARS-NEA-BARC

Patricia Millner, Ph.D.

Patricia Millner, Ph.D.

Research Microbiologist USDA-ARS-NEA-BARC

forthcoming

Angela TenBroeck

CEO, Aqua Hortus Farms

Angela TenBroeck

Angela TenBroeck

CEO, Aqua Hortus Farms

Angela has been a serial entrepreneur since her college years – with experience in both the public and private sector. A fourth-generation farmer, TenBroeck and her family have farmed hydroponically in North Florida since the 1970s. Additionally, she is a professional educator with over 15 years of experience in Mid- and HS education with emphasis in STEM and health curricula. Angela developed and operated the first commercial aquaponics facility to obtain Safe Quality Food Level 3 certification. Today, her current FOCUS is Foodery Farms which changes the way brown-fields are used in communities with food insecurities a company leading the way in services to develop and operate controlled environment facilities to grow the highest quality and safest produce year-round, regardless of climate, using the innovative ideas developed and practiced while the lead scientist managing Traders Hill Farm, a Hilliard, FL. based aquaponics farm she helped create in 2012.

Angela Caporelli

Kentucky Government

Angela Caporelli

Angela Caporelli

Kentucky Government

forthcoming

Roger Loper

CEO, True Aquaponics

Roger Loper

Roger Loper

CEO, True Aquaponics

Since 2012, Roger has been involved with multiple schools, missionaries, commercial and non-commercial aquaponic farms around the world helping to identify the nutrient/mineral deficiencies that their plants do and will have going forward. True Aquaponics strives to bring only the finest minerals to their customers.

Yonathan Tilahun

Extension Research Specialist, Langston University

Yonathan Tilahun

Yonathan Tilahun

Extension Research Specialist, Langston University

forthcoming

Reese Hundley

Technical Professional and Educational Specialist, Symbiotic Aquaponic LLC

Reese Hundley

Reese Hundley

Technical Professional and Educational Specialist, Symbiotic Aquaponic LLC

Reese Hundley is a passionate educator and innovator who graduated with a bachelor degree in Biosystems Engineering from Oklahoma State University. Reese resides with his family in Broken Arrow Oklahoma and has worked for Symbiotic Aquaponic LLC since 2016.

Melissa Brevetti Ph.D.

Researcher, Langston University

Melissa Brevetti Ph.D.

Melissa Brevetti Ph.D.

Researcher, Langston University

Dr. Melissa Brevetti is a researcher and educator who believes in “maximizing the power of one.” During her teaching career, she realized the importance of linking education research to practice. She has taught in P-12 schools and higher education, which includes work with homeless, international, special needs, urban, parochial, English language learning, gifted/talented students, and at-risk students. Dr. Brevetti published an international research book, Quest for a Moral Compass (2015), a children’s book of Eastern philosophy called Lighting the Path (2018), and her research areas include moral development and virtue ethics in education, as well as dozens of articles on inclusive and multicultural practices. She is a recipient of the International Roundtable Scholar and Ten Outstanding Young Americans Awards.

Thomas Wheet

Research and Logistics Coordinator for Agriculture and Entrepreneurship, U. District of Columbia

Thomas Wheet

Thomas Wheet

Research and Logistics Coordinator for Agriculture and Entrepreneurship, U. District of Columbia

Thomas Wheet manages the P.R. Harris Food Hub in Washington D.C's Anacostia neighborhood. His research project--focused on assessing the business viability of small-scale, soilless agricultural production--provides fresh produce, educational resources, and volunteer opportunities to Washingtonians living within D.C.'s most historically disenfranchised communities. In addition to his role at the University of the District of Columbia, Thomas serves as a Policy Analyst for the Aquaponics Association and is a USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (S.A.R.E.) Fellow.

Daniel Robards

CBDO and Co-founder of Aquaponics AI and Tulua for Sustainable Agriculture

Daniel Robards

Daniel Robards

CBDO and Co-founder of Aquaponics AI and Tulua for Sustainable Agriculture

Daniel is CBDO and Co-founder of Aquaponics AI and Tulua for Sustainable Agriculture. He is currently located in Jordan and has been living cross-cultural for more than a decade exploring the liberation, inspiration, and employment potential between business, social impact and Aquaponics across the Middle East.

Joshua Dusci

Aquaculture/Aquaponic Specialist, Symbiotic Aquaponic LLC

Joshua Dusci

Joshua Dusci

Aquaculture/Aquaponic Specialist, Symbiotic Aquaponic LLC

From Crozet, Virginia and is the youngest of 4 brothers. Graduated from Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC) with a Bachelor's degree in Marine Science where Dr. Erin Burge served as his mentor. Josh is a soon to be Graduate of Kentucky State University (Frankfort, KY) with a Masters degree in Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences. Janelle Hager and Dr. Jim Tidwell served as his mentors. At KYSU he conducted research in Aquaponics evaluating the use of freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii, as a biological solids control within the hydroponic troughs of raft aquaponic systems. Josh will continue pursuing his passion in aquaponics as an employee at the commercial aquaponic company Symbiotic Aquaponic located in Oklahoma.

Mathilde Eck

Integrated and Urban Plant Pathology Laboratory - Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech - U. of Liège (Belgium)

Mathilde Eck

Mathilde Eck

Integrated and Urban Plant Pathology Laboratory - Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech - U. of Liège (Belgium)

forthcoming

Marc Laberge

Owner - ML Aquaponics

Marc Laberge

Marc Laberge

Owner - ML Aquaponics

Marc Laberge is a fish biologist with over 23 years of expertise in recirculating technology and has been an aquatic consultant since 1991. Before becoming fascinated by aquaponics, he worked as a fish parasitologist at the McGill University Institute of Parasitology Canadian National Reference Center, where he learned about recirculating systems. Marc‘s consulting contracts varied from living in fishing camps with the Cree Aboriginals of northern Quebec to study the quality and quantity of their fish harvests, to being head designer at Hydro-Nov for various mega recirculating facilities (600+ tonnes) for trout, arctic char and tilapia in China.

Michael Timmons, PhD, PE

Professor Cornell University Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering

Michael Timmons, PhD, PE

Michael Timmons, PhD, PE

Professor Cornell University Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering

Co-Author of the Recirculating Aquaculture Book, and entrepreneurial-driven enterprises. He provides a foundation of information related to the production of aquacultured products, both fresh and saltwater, with an emphasis on sustainable and environmentally friendly engineering technologies.

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