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Delaware State University

  • DelProject Director: Stacy Smith, Ph.D.
    Phone: (302) 857-7668 | Email: SLSmith@desu.edu |


    Department | Faculty | Students 




    The DSU aquatic sciences program boasts eight faculty and staff members who specialize in diverse, scientifically relevant and important areas of fisheries science. Current research projects range from the investigation of the ecology of regionally important fishes, such as diadromous species, to crucial estuarine habitat restoration via oyster revitalization and restoration in critical estuaries such as the Delaware Bay. Other projects probe cutting-edge aquaculture-related research questions, seafood safety issues, estuarine biogeochemistry and aquatic toxicology.

    Through frequent research trips into Delaware Bay and coastal regions, students obtain valuable field training and sampling skills, thereby earning a competitive edge in preparation for future employment in fisheries sciences. In addition, students gain hands-on experience at the DSU Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Facility, which has 34 freshwater ponds and over 4,000 square feet of temperature- and humidity-controlled wet lab space, where both freshwater and marine species of fish are reared. In addition to the existing culture facilities, the aquatic science research group also maintains necessary support facilities, including algae production and water quality analysis labs, which also house numerous state-of-the-art instruments for biogeochemical and toxicological analyses.


    Mailing Address: 
    Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources
    3 James W.W. Baker Building
    Delaware State University
    1200 N. Dupont Highway
    Dover, DE 19901
    Ph: (302) 857.6410


  • NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Lead Institution)
    (410) 651-7870
    Award numbers: FY 2016 Award #NA16SEC4810007 
    Funding Agency: NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI)
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