Speakers

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Amy Riedel-Stone

Amy Riedel-Stone

Amy Stone has over 21 years of experience with designing, building and managing aquaculture and aquaponics greenhouses. She managed hatcheries, live feeds and grow-out for marine finfish as well as an aquaponics greenhouse that demonstrated several methods of culture for workshops. She worked at Aquatic Eco-systems for 14 years before opening her own company after AES was acquired. Her current focus is on business marketing and management as well as effective equipment selection.
Andrew J. Ray

Andrew J. Ray

Assistant Professor, Aquaculture Production, Aquaculture Research Center, Kentucky State University

Andrew J. Ray is an Assistant Professor of Aquaculture Production in the Aquaculture Research Center at Kentucky State University. His research is focused on the development of sustainable aquaculture systems and practices. Ray currently works with tilapia, brackish-water shrimp, paddlefish, and hybrid striped bass; he has plans to work with Australian red claw crayfish and largemouth bass as well in the near future.
Bjarne Hald Olsen

Bjarne Hald Olsen

Bjarne Hald Olsen is the managing director at Billund Aquakulturservice A/S in Denmark. His research interests include aquaculture, fisheries and marine systems.
Carole Engle

Carole Engle

Carole Engle is the Executive Editor of the Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. She has devoted more than 35 years to aquaculture research, extension, and teaching. In addition to publishing more than 110 scientific articles, four books, and more than 80 extension publications, she has a combined 49 years of editorial experience, including serving as Editor-in-Chief of Aquaculture Economics and Management.
Craig Browdy

Craig Browdy

Craig Browdy is the director of research and development at Zeigler Bros., Inc. He has over 30 years of experience in aquaculture, managing commercial, academic and government research programs. A past president of the World Aquaculture Society, Browdy’s research has focused on the application of aquaculture technologies to improve availability of seafood resources.
David Kuhn

David Kuhn

David Kuhn is an associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Virginia Tech. He has a PhD in Civil Engineering and has served as a principal investigator on various research projects at several privately owned aquaculture facilities. His aquatic laboratories have a track record for excellent animal husbandry.
Huy Tran

Huy Tran

Huy Tran is an aquaculture and aquaponics expert with more than 20 years of experience. After graduating with a degree in agriculture/aquaculture from the University of Hawaii, Tran worked at and managed several area farms rearing shrimp and numerous marine and freshwater fish species. For nearly two decades, he was the sales and marketing officer at Aquatic Eco-System (AES). He currently owns the Apopka Aquaponic Farms, and consults/designs for many aquaponic and aquaculture facilities worldwide.
Ivar Warrer-Hansen

Ivar Warrer-Hansen

Ivar is Head of Business Developments at Inter Aqua Advance A/S, and is a world renowned expert in Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS) technology, assessment of different RAS concepts for commercial viability and new potential fish species for RAS production.
Jaap van Rijn

Jaap van Rijn

Jaap van Rijn is a professor at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and currently heads the Department of Animal Sciences. With a degree and PhD in Oceanography, one of his areas of expertise is the microbial ecology of fish culture systems and water quality evaluation for aquaculture systems. Deeply involved in the global “green revolution” and efforts to address world hunger, van Rijn is developing important new means of raising fish in eco-friendly ponds, creating a high-protein food source that is grown through non-polluting means.
Maddi Badiola

Maddi Badiola

Maddi Badiola is a principal at HTH Aqua Group, based in the U.S. and Spain. She specializes in RAS lifecycle and energy management assessments. With degrees in Agronomy and Aquacultural Engineering, Badiola focuses on the application of energy management and sustainable aquaculture practices.
Paul L. Hundley, Jr.

Paul L. Hundley, Jr.

Paul L. Hundley, Jr. is also a principal at HTH Aqua Group, specializing in aquaculture systems and facilities. With Mechanical and Ocean Engineering degrees, Hundley has more than 40 years of hydro-mechanical systems and facilities planning and design experience. He works with both marine and freshwater species in batch, flow-thru, recirculating and open water systems.
Scott Snyder

Scott Snyder

Scott Snyder is the nutritional technology manager at Zeigler Bros. He obtained his Ph.D. in Animal Physiology from the University of Idaho, and through his 20 years of industry experience he has been involved in diverse aquaculture projects throughout the U.S. and abroad, working on animal nutrition projects in Mexico, China, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Steve Atkinson

Steve Atkinson

President, Taste of BC Aquafarms Inc.

Steve Atkinson is President of Taste of BC Aquafarms in Nanaimo, B.C. He aims to help establish an industry for steelhead salmon in British Columbia in an environmentally responsible manner. Working along with his wife Janet, their operation is one of the very first closed containment salmon farms in production in North America.
Steve Bourne

Steve Bourne

Co-Founder & CEO, Ripple Farms Inc.

Steven Bourne is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto-based Ripple Farms. An accomplished entrepreneur and environmentalist, Bourne is continuously seeking to make a positive impact in local communities and beyond. Ripple Farms is dedicated to tackling food insecurity through its vertical farming operations with aquaponics, and was recently awarded Social Enterprise of the Year Award via Startup Canada.
Steve Hall

Steve Hall

Associate Professor and Director of the Marine Aquaculture Research Center (MARC) in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Steven Hall is Associate Professor and Director of the Marine Aquaculture Research Center in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University. His teaching and research focus on aquacultural engineering, water quality, energy efficiency in aquaculture, modeling in aquaculture, use of autonomous devices to perform relevant environmental, aquacultural and other operations, artificial intelligence, technical, social, educational and ethical issues, economics and engineering, bioengineered reefs and coastal restoration.
Steve Summerfelt

Steve Summerfelt

Steve Summerfelt is the chief science officer at Superior Fresh LLC, an aquaponics facility specializing in the production of Atlantic salmon and steelhead trout. He manages the company’s scientific research and technological designs to promote efficiency and profitability. Superior Fresh produces its fish in a state-of-the-art, land-based recirculation aquaculture facility in conjunction with premium, organic produce grown in an ultra-modern hydroponics glass greenhouse.
Yonathan Zohar

Yonathan Zohar

Yonathan Zohar is a professor and chair of the Department of Marine Biotechnology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Zohar’s research program is primarily focused on basic and applied aspects of fish reproductive physiology and endocrinology. His research interests also include: broodstock management and hatchery technologies; aquaculture and fisheries biotechnology; and environmentally sustainable recirculating marine aquaculture.

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