Dr. Daniel Benetti
Professor & Director of Aquaculture
Dr Daniel Benetti is a Professor and the Director of Aquaculture at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, where he was the Chairman of the Division of Marine Affairs and Policy from 2003 to 2008. He has over 30 years experience in aquaculture worldwide. He teaches three graduate level aquaculture courses and is the PI of several grants and contracts at RSMAS. He specializes in hatchery and open ocean growout technologies of marine finfish species, including, most recently, cobia, Seriola spp. (yellowtail jacks), snapper, tuna, mahi mahi and flounder. He has published over 100 articles in aquaculture science and technology, has extensive experience with the industry and has been a consultant for the private and government sectors in the U.S., Latin America, Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Australia to spearhead advanced technology for hatchery and sustainable offshore aquaculture development.
The University of Miami Experimental Hatchery Team
Dr. Jorge Arturo Suarez
Assistant Scientist / Nutrition Team Leader
Dr. Jorge Arturo Suárez is a Assistant Scientist at the Aquaculture Program at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine Atmospheric Science. He is the manager of the Aquaculture Nutrition Unit and advices graduate students and technicians conducting research in the field of aquatic nutrition. He is the Co-PI of current grants and contracts aimed at formulating and developing practical diets for high-value marine fish by reducing fish meal and fish oil utilization. Dr. Suárez has over 15 years of experience in applied research of shrimp and fish, including genetics, physiology and nutrition. He has published several articles on the replacement of fish meal with alternative protein sources and energy budget for Penaeid shrimp and is now focused on marine fish research.2
Fish Hatchery Manager
Ron Hoenig is currently the manager of the University of Miami Experimental Hatchery, overseeing operations, including fingerling production, project development and technology transfer. Hoenig graduated from RSMAS in 2009 with a Master of Arts in Marine Affairs and Policy, focusing on the development of aquaculture techniques for a number of different marine finfish species. His master’s thesis investigated the economic feasibility of commercial scale hatchery production of goggle eye fingerlings. Upon graduation, Mr. Hoenig was hired as a Research Associate working on improving methods for broodstock collection and management, captive spawning, and larval rearing of goggle eye , blackfin tuna, Florida pompano, mahi-mahi, and cobia.
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Research Assistant / PhD. Student
John Stieglitz is currently pursuing a PhD in Marine Biology and Fisheries at RSMAS. His research focuses on aquaculture, physiology, and toxicology. He is working to develop sustainable aquaculture techniques and technology for use in hatcheries and offshore aquaculture sites, with specific focus on pelagic species such as tuna (Thunnus spp.), mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus), cobia (Rachycentron canadum), goggle eye (Selar crumenophthalmus), and Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) in an effort to further develop these species for use in marine finfish aquaculture. As part of his research, he is investigating the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on economically important finfish species of the Gulf of Mexico, using aquaculture to gain insight into acute toxicity and sub-lethal physiological effects of crude oil and chemical dispersants on different life stages of marine fish.
Juan Sierra-De la Rosa
Over the last 10 years I have worked with several fish species (tilapia, snapper, cobia, mahi, pompano, and tuna), and my aquaculture interests include reproduction, larval rearing and grow-out. My PhD research addresses the effects of probiotics addition (into live feeds and dry feeds) on the overall performance of cultured mahi and cobia in all development stages, from larvae to adults.
While pursuing a MS in marine affairs and policy at RSMAS, I have been assisting in the development of new technologies for broodstock capture, husbandry and larval rearing of marine finfish species including blackfin tuna, cobia, google-eye, Florida pompano, and mahi-mahi . I have been investigating and validating larval rearing technologies including the substitution of live algae with inorganic clay particles. With a Bachelors of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation at the University of Missouri, and 3 years of working in freshwater aquaculture for the Missouri Department of Conservation assisting in stock enhancement projects for regional recreational fisheries, I also have experience in broodstock management and larval rearing of largemouth bass, bluegill, and redear sunfish.
Carlos Enrique Tudela
Research Assistant/ Master's Student
I am currently pursuing a M.S. in Marine Affairs and Policy at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science after receiving a B.S. in Marine Biology, from Florida International University in 2005. After my bachelors, I worked for four years in a freshwater ecology lab, at Florida International University, under the direction of Dr. Joel Trexler. After which time, I started an internship at the University of Miami Experimental Hatchery for one year before entering into the Master’s Program. I am currently working with the Aquaculture Nutrition Group and my Master’s thesis is “Effect of replacing dietary fish meal with soy-based products on production performance of commercial size (1.8-3.2 kg) cobia, Rachycentron canadum.”
Broodstock Manager / Master's Student
I started at RSMAS and UMEH in September 2011 after graduating from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with degrees in Marine Science and Biology. I have been working with the Aquaculture Nutrition Team on various projects and I am currently working on my Master’s thesis on nutrient requirements of protein and lipids in Florida pompano, Trachinotus carolinus. I am responsible for overseeing the daily operations of broodstock maintenance and care. I am also the TA for Aquaculture Management 1 and 2.
With an undergraduate degree in Anthropology with a focus on primatology, I decided to switch the direction of my life and pursue a master’s in marine science. With my new found focus, I started in the aquaculture program within the Marine Affairs and Policy program at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Benetti, not only have I learned the issues and solutions related to aquaculture, I have also gained invaluable experience working at the University of Miami Experimental Hatchery. Currently, I have been focusing my efforts on live feed.
I began working at the University of Miami Experimental Hatchery in the summer of 2011 following a year and a half as the aquaculture manager at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) in Eleuthera, Bahamas. My experiences at CEI include a full production cycle of cobia from eggs to harvest and processing, development of a spawning broodstock population of sharknose gobies (a symbiotic cleaning organism) as well as the development of a predator resistant containment net while working in conjunction with the collaborating companies DSM Dyneema and NET Systems Inc. I am working on a Masters degree at RSMAS on a thesis focusing on economic and environmental sustainability models for aquaculture projects.
I'm in the Masters of Professional Science-Aquaculture program here at the University of Miami. I also did my undergraduate at UM as well and completed it in '08. Between undergrad/grad school, I worked at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in the Bahamas with their Cobia offshore aquaculture program. CEI is affiliated with the Island school, which is where I took part in their high school semester program in the fall of '01 and became interested in marine science as a career path. Being from Baltimore, Maryland, I have always enjoyed being on the water whether it be SCUBA, sailing, freediving, skiing, wakeboarding, boating, and now, working.
Enrique Mauser Kassel
I am currently a student in the MPS program here at RSMAS where I focus on aquaculture from both business and production aspects of the field. Through this program I have had the opportunity to put what I have learned into practice by working at successful commercial aquaculture operations abroad as a technology transfer specialist. Proper practices for production of live feeds, larval rearing, broodstock management and nutrition are key to any successful operation and the University of Miami’s Experimental Hatchery excels in these subjects and more. As a student in the MPS program I plan to gain substantial knowledge and practice from my classes as well as interning at the hatchery so as to apply those skills in the expanding commercial aquaculture industry.
Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, I was drawn to the University of Miami by its world renowned Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the reputation that it has developed. I studied Marine Affairs and International Studies as an undergraduate and it wasn’t until late in my undergraduate career that I was captivated by aquaculture after taking Dr. Benetti’s Aquaculture Management class. . I joined the Master of Professional Science program in 2012 and have been volunteering at the Hatchery since November 2012. My main focus is in live feed (rotifer) culture and larval rearing, but my interests expand beyond food fish aquaculture to ornamental aquaculture as well.
I am a Masters student pursuing an MS degree in aquaculture. In the past two-plus years I have worked on technology transfer and consulted on projects involving such species as cobia, pompano, mahi-mahi, dusky grouper and Nassau grouper in topics like live feeds, hatchery management, juvenile shipping, cage culture and RAS technology. Most of my work experience in this time has occurred here in Miami, but I have also worked in Brazil, Belize, Panama, Chile and the Bahamas. At the U, my grant writing and research has dealt with the potential for red snapper as a candidate for stock enhancement, and fish meal replacement with various soy products in the growout of Florida pompano. Before life in Miami, I completed my undergraduate at Columbia University and worked for NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center in the Food Web Dynamics Branch. I also worked in another lab at RSMAS, looking into the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on larval fish and shrimp abundance in the Gulf of Mexico.
I began working on my Master’s of professional science in aquaculture at RSMAS in August 2012. Since that time, I have been assisting in the daily operations of the experimental hatchery focused on live feeds production and extracting fecal samples for ongoing nutrition research. I have also been investigating the potential role of aquaculture in enhancing the depleted stocks of red snapper and other reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico. My interests are focused on efficient and responsible marine finfish production for both the enhancement of wild stocks and increased availability of sustainable fish products in the marketplace.
I started at UMEH in May 2012 as a summer intern, learning the ins and outs of the hatchery. Since then, I have been working with the immensely dedicated Nutrition team on a senior thesis project. We have been testing the viability of soybean products as protein replacements in Cobia, Rachycentron canadum, and how these alternative protein sources affect growth. I will be graduating in May 2013 and am looking to work in the public sector as an educator for conservation and awareness.
I have been an MS student in the aquaculture program at RSMAS since 2010. I recently completed a research internship at Mote Aquaculture Park in Sarasota working in a commercial sturgeon (Siberian) farm for caviar production which employs RAS technology. Working with researchers and technicians at Mote, I carried out a project aimed at improving the yield of fully grown oocytes by investigating the use of polarization index (PI) as a tool in caviar production. Results from this study will help the industry to maximize yield from mature females by systemizing harvest criteria.
I am currently attending graduate school at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science specializing in Aquaculture where I work with cobia, mahi-mahi, florida pompano, blackfin tuna, and goggle eyes. I attend to the broodstock and actively participate in larval rearing, including the culture and harvest of live feeds (rotifers and artemia).
Alex Frere double majored in Biopsychology and Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University and received his master's of science at RSMAS in Marine Biology and Fisheries. His master's dissertation "the effect of stress on gill basolateral membrane binding kinetics of 5-HT2 receptor ligands: potential implications for urea excretion" studied the effects of stress on toadfish. He also worked as a lab manager at Emory University School of Medicine researching nuclear membrane transport through genetics and biochemistry. Alex hopes to use his knowledge of physiology and genetics to assist in stock enhancement efforts at the UMEH.
I am a first-year RSMAS student working towards a Masters of Science in Marine Affairs. In May, 2012, I received undergraduate degrees in Marine Affairs and International Studies from the University of Miami. The primary focus of my Masters degree is aquaculture, and I have been volunteering at UMEH since January, 2013 to gain more hands-on experience in the field. I was also a member of the IATTC Tuna Aquaculture Workshop at the Achotines Laboratory in Panama during July, 2012. I hope to graduate with my Masters in December, 2013 and further pursue a career in aquaculture.
As a native Floridian, I regularly played in the sand and swam in the ocean while growing up. Naturally, marine organisms became one of my passions and led to my awareness of the current state of our oceans. While studying biology as an undergraduate at Boston College, I came across approaches for ocean conservation and took an interest in the topic. I am currently a prospective Marine Affairs and Policy graduate student for the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. I have been volunteering at the University of Miami’s Experimental Hatchery since December 2012, where I help maintain the live feed rotifer cultures. My goal is to conduct research on marine finfish nutrition and to eventually work in open ocean marine finfish aquaculture.
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