David is an Associate Extension Professor with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences. He specializes in aquaculture and aquaponics education, freshwater fish and crustacean production, small-scale marketing, and recreational and ornamental pond management. He has been actively involved in both the commercial and educational sectors of aquaculture for over 30 years and has a broad perspective of the issues and opportunities facing the aquaculture industry.
He received an A.B. from Colgate University in New York in 1986, a Master of Aquaculture degree and Ph.D. from Auburn University 1991 and 2011. David has been a member of the World Aquaculture Society and the USAS for nearly 30 years, served as the president of the U.S. Aquaculture Society and now sits on the board of the World Aquaculture Society. He is a member of the National Aquaculture Extension Steering Committee and is nationally recognized for his efforts to expand aquaculture education into secondary schools. He believes that aquaculture and aquaponics are excellent cross curricular teaching tools for a variety of STEM, social, and environmental topics.