Meet just a few of Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems Technicians.
Ricardo graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and minor in chemistry. He completed aquaculture training in Pusan, South Korea, and then worked in shrimp culture, tilapia culture and tropical fish breeding. Ricardo was also in charge of developing the Aquaculture Experimental Station at the Universidad Central del Este, Dominican Republic.
Constance received a bachelor's degree in biological sciences & aquaculture from Florida Institute of Technology. She mainly worked in commercial aquaculture on recirculating systems, water chemistry and farm management. Constance has extensive knowledge in sturgeon, larval rearing, husbandry duties, gender differentiation with ultrasound, fish purging and harvesting.
Caroline received her B.S. in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL and her M.Sc. in Marine Biology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She has a diverse background in coral, fish, aquatic plants, and algae. She is currently focusing on water quality testing and live feed production.
Hernan received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Nevada and his Fisheries Scientist Certification from the American Fisheries Society. Hernan's design and management experience includes hatcheries, floating cage cultures and fish culture farms, with concentration on rainbow trout and tilapia.
Brian holds a Bachelor's Degree in Technical Studies from Ohio University and and Associate's Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Hocking College. He has been heavily involved with the aquaculture and lake management industries for over two decades. His experience includes fish hatchery management, recirculating aquaculture system design, water quality monitoring and control, and developing lake management plans.
Dr. Jason Danaher
Dr. Jason Danaher received his Ph.D. in fisheries and aquaculture from Auburn University. He has worked with warm water aquaponic systems for the past 8 years and other methods to integrate aquaculture with horticulture. He also has experience with tilapia and freshwater prawn production systems.
Cullen received his B.A. in environmental and aquatic sciences from the University of Central Florida. He worked as a consultant to the energy industry for environmental compliance and mitigation issues concerning marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico. Cullen also has experience with pest and weed control and environmental restoration.
Dennis received his Bachelor's degree in biology from West Virginia University, and his Master of Science degree in management from North Carolina State University. Beginning in aquaculture in 1978, he has extensive experience in pond aquaculture of freshwater prawns and in the design, construction and operation of recirculating aquaculture systems. He previously managed the North Carolina Fish Barn project and provided aquaculture extension assistance at North Carolina State University.
Clarke graduated from Brunswick Community College in Supply, NC, with an A.S. degree in aquaculture technology. His technical experience includes hatchery management, aquatic weed control and aquarium supplies.
Mikel received both his Bachelor's in electrical engineering and Master's in Business Administration from Olivet Nazarene University. His past experience includes water reclamation for power plants and mining applications. He has experience in instrumentation, controls and product development.
Marcela has a B.S. degree in marine biology from UJTL in Colombia and an M.S. degree from the University of Maine. She has worked in the marine and freshwater aquaculture field raising different species of shrimp and fish in flow-through and recirculation systems in warm and coldwater environments. Her specialties include hatchery and growout phase.
Ryan received his A.S. degree in aquaculture from Hillsborough Community College. His technical experience includes ornamental hatchery management, hormone-induced spawning and aeration and recirculating system design. He also has experience in home aquarium design and maintenance.
Ryan graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in aquaculture and fishery technology. He worked for the university, maintaining a number of small fresh and saltwater recirculation and flow-through systems of larval and adult finfish. He also works with zoo and aquarium facilities.
Gmerice received her B.S. in biology and environmental health science from the University of Georgia and earned a master's degree in environmental health too. She has experience in aquatic toxicity, coral growth and nutrient uptake, aquatic plant mineral uptake, water quality testing and water quality adjustment with various types of chemical filtration media.
Dr. Thomas Losordo
Dr. Losordo received his M.S. in agricultural engineering from the University of Hawaii and his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from the University of California, Davis. As a professor and extension aquaculture specialist at North Carolina State University, he provided state-wide technical assistance to the agribusiness community in the area of aquaculture and aquacultural engineering. This included traveling to over 490 farms and providing solutions to problems in aquaculture associated with these and other aquaculture sites. He has provided consulting services on aquaculture projects around the world for over 20 years, and is a past president of both the World Aquaculture Society and the Aquacultural Engineering Society.
Dr. Luca Micciche
Dr. Luca Micciche’ is the Sales Manager of Southeast Asia (SEA)/ China region. Luca comes to us from the WorldFish, as an Aquaculture Consultant and Field Operations Manager. Luca brings experience from a number of countries in which he has worked, including Italy, Chile, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, and Indonesia. His knowledge of the aquaculture industry comes from working with an array of species including bivalve shellfish, shrimp, finfish and microalgae. Luca’s project experience includes economic feasibility studies and development of sustainable business models for aquaculture enterprises in Asia, in addition to developing production methods for new aquaculture species. Luca will be based in Penang, Malaysia.
Kevin received both his Bachelor of Science and master's degrees in zoology from Eastern Illinois University. He has experience in mushroom cultivation and as an aquaculture technician. His specialties include aeration, diffusers and the control of zebra mussels.
Kristin has a B.S. in marine biology, a B.S. in environmental science and a minor in Forensic Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her undergraduate honors research focused on oyster recruitment rates in the Eastern Oyster. Her interests are in environmental marine research and wildlife rehabilitation.
Richard D. Jones
Rick received his M.S. in biological and agricultural engineering from North Carolina State University. His graduate work included extensive research on filtration and water recirculation. He has also participated in the design, construction and maintenance of commercial-scale aquaculture facilities and public aquariums. Rick is a certified Engineer-in-Training.
Melyna Silva received her M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of The South Pacific, Fiji Islands and a B.S. in Biology from the National University of the Peruvian Amazon. Melyna is an Aquaponics Technician at the PAES Aquaponics Demonstration faclities. She has additional practical and research experience in the reproductive biology, induced fish spawning and pond-management of native Amazon basin fish species. She has also conducted research in water pollution from aquaculture and other industries effluents in the South Pacific.
Abby received her B.S. in environmental science from Springfield College in Massachusetts and her M.S. in zoology from the University of New Hampshire. She specializes in recirculating systems for aquaculture and has done research on fish nutrition and larvaculture.
Aaron received his B.S. in Ecology, with a minor in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from Purdue University. He has experience in culturing coho salmon, rainbow trout, tilapia, and yellow perch, both in smaller research settings, as well as large-scale commercial settings. Aaron also has experience in recirculating aquaculture systems design and maintenance.
Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He also received a master's degree in aquaculture from the University of Miami. His graduate work focused on marine finfish culture in RAS and offshore cages, and shrimp production in biofloc systems. He has extensive knowledge regarding shrimp and tilapia production in biofloc RAS systems.