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Ryan McDonald, Ph.D.

The Department of Marine Biotechnology would like to congratulate Ryan McDonald for being recognized by his mentor Dr. Hal Schreier with the Outstanding Graduating PhD Student Award.

Dr. McDonald graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) on May 21 with a degree in Biological Sciences. He is currently working at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) as an Assistant Scientist in Dr. J. Sook Chung’s lab.

Salmon Aquaculture Network Project Underway

Mar 25, 2020

IMET-UMBC Faculty and Director of ARC Dr. Yonathan Zohar is the lead P.I. on the Recirculating Aquaculture Salmon Network (RAS-N). RAS-N, which was awarded a $1.2 million grant, is a national public-private partnership that brings together many partners to build capacity for land-based Atlantic salmon aquaculture in the US. At the end of 2019, the group convened in Wisconsin for their first annual meeting. In February of this year, RAS-N organized a dedicated Salmon RAS session at the Aquaculture America 2020 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, where several partners and others presented their progress. You can read more about the project and these meetings on the Maryland SeaGrant Blog.


Dr. Colleen Burge invited to speak at UTA

Arlington, TX (October 22, 2015)Dr. Colleen Burge, an Assistant Professor at IMET, was invited to give a lecture at the University of Texas at Arlington as part of their colloquium lecture series. Dr. Burge’s lecture, titled “Host-Pathogen Interactions in a Changing Ocean”, discussed her research on diseases in sea stars and oysters, and the effects they have on the marine environment. Please watch the video above for more coverage on Dr. Burge’s lecture.


  • Aquaculture Swims Ahead

    Chesapeake Quarterly Story
    Aquaculture Swims Ahead April 2018 • Volume 17, Number 1 Nicole Lehming...
    Posted: April 30, 2018 12:37 PM
  • UMBC researchers win USDA grants to improve safety and effic

    Improve Safety and Fish Farming Industry
    Global demand for fish is growing quickly, but many species are already severely overfished, leaving scientists and industry experts searching for ways to more safely and efficiently farm fish. In...
    Posted: October 10, 2017 8:34 PM
  • UMBC Marine Biologist Colleen Burge

    Works to Save world’s Oysters from Deadly Herpes Virus
    Colleen Burge, UMBC assistant professor at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, made a splash with her new article in The Conversation warning of the danger posed by a herpes...
    Posted: October 10, 2017 8:22 PM
  • A deadly herpes virus is threatening oysters world-wide

    September 10, 2017 8.40pm EDT
    Oysters, a delicacy eaten on most coastlines of the world, are a multi-billion-dollar industry. They also are intriguing to study from a health perspective. Oysters feed by filtering tiny...
    Posted: September 13, 2017 2:06 PM
  • IMET’s ARC Readies Sea Bass fry for Connecticut Aquaculture

    Baltimore, MD (August 15, 2017) Working in assembly line fashion, a team from the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) prepared about 15,000 European sea bass juveniles for...
    Posted: August 30, 2017 5:04 PM
  • US Researchers Ramp-up Bluefin Research

    Dr. Yonathan Zohar, with aquaculture biologists, Jorge Gomezjurado and Odi Zmora, next to the tuna larval rearing tanks by Erich Luening May 30, 2017 There’s a lot of research going into...
    Posted: August 30, 2017 2:12 PM
  • New Fish Sterilization Method Ready for Trials

    A new technology that sterilizes farmed salmon
    New fish Sterilization method ready for trials A new technology that sterilizes farmed salmon by temporarily switching off a gene at early-life stage is ready for large-scale trials....
    Posted: August 30, 2017 1:42 PM
  • Groundbreaking BluefinTuna Research at IMET

    A team of IMET-UMBC researchers has made history by successfully raising Atlantic bluefin tuna from eggs to juvenile stage in a recirculating, land-based mariculture system for the first time in...
    Posted: August 21, 2017 9:59 PM
  • Ratcliffe Environmental Entrepreneur Fellowship REEF Program

    Ratcliffe Environmental Entrepreneur Fellowship (REEF) Program at IMET Ryan Powell had an inkling early on that he could start his own business. As a graduate student at the University of...
    Posted: July 24, 2017 11:48 AM
  • Third Annual UMBC-UMB Partnership Symposium

    Reveals Impact of Collaborative Research
    Researchers and campus leaders from UMBC and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) convened at bwtech@UMBC South on April 12 to celebrate ongoing research partnerships and announce a new...
    Posted: May 2, 2017 10:22 AM