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Dr. Yonathan Zohar to partner with aquaculture giant AquaCon in Maryland

Jul 09, 2020

A new MOU between UMBC, IMET, and AquaCon establishes a collaboration on developing land-based aquaculture in Maryland. AquaCon made this decision after meeting with Dr. Yonathan Zohar and touring the Aquaculture Research Center, seeing all the innovation that will help them as they build up a new aquaculture facility. An article on UMBC News explains this collaboration, as well as the importance of Silfra BioSystems, a company started by Dr. Zohar and Dr. Kevin Sowers, to manage fish waste in aquaculture, and an NSF grant to Dr. Zohar for research on fish reproduction.

“It’s a perfect storm in a good sense, because everything is falling in place now,” says Zohar. “I’ve been working in Maryland for almost 30 years, and we’ve been developing a lot of these technologies. Our mission is research, education, and economic development, and we have been working to create connections between academia and industry to fulfill that mission.”

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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.


  • Dr. Colleen Burge invited to speak at UTA

    Marine Disease
      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...
    Posted: October 26, 2015 5:48 PM
  • Dr. Colleen Burge Doing Field Work in California

    IMET Summer Internship Program
    NOAA-EPP Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) IMET Summer Internship Program Each summer, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology at the Inner Harbor...
    Posted: August 20, 2015 11:24 AM
  • NOAA' Aquaculture Visit

    NOAA visits IMET and the NAIB   Baltimore, MD (July 29, 2015) A delegation of senior staff members from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Office of...
    Posted: July 29, 2015 3:47 PM
  • Electronic Timesheets

    Everything You Need To Know About Electronic Timesheets
    Electronic Timesheet Workgroup      Document: ETS:  What Has Changed? (      Document: Electronic TS Manual (As of 09/24/14)...
    Posted: July 27, 2015 4:37 PM
  • Dr. Kevin Sowers begins on innovative technology

    Field testing begins on innovative technology to clean PCB-contaminated sediments Dr. Kevin Sowers, professor at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore, has...
    Posted: July 16, 2015 11:30 AM
  • Waterman's Expo

    IMET Attends Waterman's Expo in Ocean City
    A team of IMET scientists participated in the East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s and Aquaculture Trade Exposition in Ocean City last weekend. IMET developed and staffed an exhibition booth at the...
    Posted: March 31, 2015 6:01 PM
  • DMB Welcomes Colleen Burge

    New Faculty Hire
    BALTIMORE, MD (December 8, 2014) IMET is happy to announce the arrival of Dr. Colleen Burge as our newest faculty member. Dr. Burge joins us from the University of Washington, where she served as...
    Posted: January 11, 2015 9:46 PM
  • Dr. Vikram Vikharia honored by Nat'l Univ. of San Marcos

    LIMA, PERU (October 21, 2014) Vikram Vakharia, professor of molecular biology and virology in the Department of Marine Biotechnology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Institute of Marine...
    Posted: November 11, 2014 4:51 PM
  • Yonathan Zohar in the Sun Newspaper

    Farming the 'king of the ocean' Scientists raising Atlantic bluefin tuna in tanks at Columbus Center The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) is trying to find ways to save...
    Posted: August 6, 2014 10:34 AM
  • Yonathan Zohar on NPR Morning Edition

    Farming the Bluefin Tuna
    "For me, it's the Holy Grail," said Yonathan Zohar, a professor of marine biotechnology with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and head of the aquaculture research center at the...
    Posted: August 1, 2014 10:49 AM