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Overview of Our Research

In our research, we emphasize the use of controlled field experiments to solve applied problems and to answer questions posed by the public. In particular, our work focuses on issues related to marine invertebrate aquaculture, fisheries management and restoration. Within the Gulf of Mexico, species of interest include the eastern oyster, blue crabs and shrimp, which form the basis for important commercial and recreational fisheries. We are based at the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory on the campus of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on Dauphin Island, Alabama. (The most beautiful photographs on this site are courtesy of Fernando DeCillis.)

Team

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Dr. Bill Walton

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist

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Victoria Pruente

Ph.D. Candidate

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PJ Waters

Ph.D. Candidate

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Kelsey Bisker

M.Sc., In Progress

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Sarah Hensey

M.Sc., In Progress

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MC Eastburn

M.Sc., In Progress

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James Kelly

M.Sc., In Progress

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John Lewis

M.Sc., In Progress

Our Research

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Oyster Aquaculture: Improving Production, Quality & Profitability

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Oyster Aquaculture: Reducing Risk to Consumers

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Oyster Aquaculture: Environmental Interactions

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Assessment of Spat on Shell for Public Stock Enhancement

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Improving Oyster Restoration Efforts

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Managing Aquatic & Marine Invasions

Find a complete list of our scientific publications on ResearchGate

Recent Scientific Publications

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Effects of desiccation practices and ploidy in cultured oysters, Crassostrea virginica, on Vibrio spp. abundances in Portersville Bay (Alabama, USA)

Grodeska, SM, JL Jones, WC Walton & CR Arias. 2019. Effects of desiccation practices and ploidy in cultured oysters, Crassostrea virginica, on Vibrio spp. abundances in Portersville Bay (Alabama, USA) Aquaculture In Press

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Elevated mortalities of triploid eastern oysters cultured off-bottom in northern Gulf of Mexico

Wadsworth, P, S Casas, J La Peyre & WC Walton. 2019. Unexplained mortalities of triploid eastern oysters cultured off-bottom in northern Gulf of Mexico. Aquaculture 505:363-373.

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A meta-analysis of growth rate in diploid and triploid oysters

Wadsworth, P, AE Wilson & WC Walton. 2018. A meta-analysis of growth rate in diploid and triploid oysters. Aquaculture

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Effects of desiccation practices of cultured oysters, Crassostrea virginica, on Vibrio spp. in Portersville Bay (Alabama, USA)

Grodeska, SM, JL Jones, CR Arias & WC Walton. 2017. Effects of desiccation practices of cultured oysters, Crassostrea virginica, on Vibrio spp. in Portersville Bay (Alabama, USA). Journal of Food Protection 80:1280-1287.

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Performance of oysters selected for dermo resistance compared to wild oysters in northern Gulf of Mexico estuaries

Casas, S, WC Walton, G Chaplin, S Rikard, J Supan & J La Peyre. 2017. Performance of oysters selected for dermo resistance compared to wild oysters in northern Gulf of Mexico estuaries. Aquaculture Environment Interactions 9:169-180.

Our Outreach

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Seafood Savvy: Know Thy Seafood

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Oyster Aquaculture Training, Assistance & Advice

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Understanding Marine Invasions

You can find more oyster farming tools here.

Recent Outreach Tools

Branding opportunities for oyster farmers (webinar)

Branding opportunities for oyster farmers. 10/12/16 1 hour 6 minute video webinar, produced by National Aquaculture Alliance

Oyster Sentinel: Oyster Disease Monitoring

Perkinsus marinus (Dermo) is the causative agent of a fatal disease of oysters. To see its distribution, prevalence and intensity in the Gulf of Mexico select an area of interest.

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On the Lid Newsletter

A monthly newsletter for those interested in oyster farming in Mississippi and Alabama.

News

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Planting the seeds of a new industry in Mississippi

Matt Jones highlights the training program in Mississippi

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Good Grit's 'Shucking for Schools'

Margaret Weinberg talks about the Alabama Oyster Social

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Mobile Bay Magazine Feature

Emmett Burnett featured Bill Walton in this story.

Contact

150 Agassiz St
Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528
USA

251-861-3018, x2

251-861-3018, x2

251-861-2344

150 Agassiz St
Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528
USA

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