Ph.D., Auburn University
M.S., Mississippi State University
B.S., Mississippi State University

professional experience

1966 Federal Water pollution Control Administration, SE Water Lab, Athens, GA
1967-1968 Auburn university, Assistant Professor
1968-1971 Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, SC
1971-1977 Auburn University, Associate Professor
1977-2016 Auburn University, Professor
May 2016 Auburn University, Professor Emeritus

honors and awards

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Honorary Lifetime Member, World Aquaculture Society
Lifetime Achievement Award, US Chapter, World Aquaculture Society
Lifetime Achievement Award, US Catfish Farmers
Award of Excellence, Bioengineering Section, American Fisheries Society
Appreciation Award, USDA Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture
Academy of Fellows, Auburn University College of Agriculture
Creative Research Award, Research Advisory Council, Auburn University
Director’s Senior Research Award, AAES, Auburn University
Dean’s Award for Contributions to Agriculture, Auburn University

professional affiliations

World Aquaculture Society
American Fisheries Society

Research Activities

My four remaining graduate students are involved in studies of water quality in “split-ponds” for channel catfish production, solubility of liming materials used in aquaculture, effects of mechanical aeration on evaporation and water temperature in ponds, and a survey of water quality at aquaculture facilities in Uganda.

I am personally collaborating with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on a project to assess indicators of sustainable shrimp farming. In addition, I am working with WWF and Dr. Li Li of Ocean University of China on use of elemental fingerprinting to determine the geographic origin of farmed shrimp. I am collaborating with AquaSol (an aquaculture consulting company) to refine mechanical aeration and water circulation systems for shrimp ponds.

extension activities

My main outreach effort is a column on aquaculture (mostly about water quality issues and environmental management) that I have written bimonthly for the Global Aquaculture Advocate since 1999.

I also believe that my several books on aquaculture water quality and aquaculture and the environment have been useful in outreach efforts.

recent courses taught

FISH 5220 Water Science
FISH 6220 Water Science
FISH 7230 Water and Sediment Quality Management in Aquaculture
FISH 7240 Resource Use and Environmental Issues in Aquaculture

Select Publications


  • Boyd, C.E. 1979. Water Quality in Warmwater Fish Ponds. Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University, Alabama. 359 p.
  • Boyd, C.E. 1982. Water Quality Management for Pond Fish Culture. Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company, Amsterdam. 318 p.
  • Boyd, C.E. 1990. Water Quality in Ponds for Aquaculture. Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University, Alabama. 482 p.
  • Boyd, C.E. and C.S. Tucker. 1992. Water Quality and Pond Soil Analyses for Aquaculture. Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, Auburn University, Alabama. 183 p.
  • Yoo, K.H. and C.E. Boyd. 1994. Hydrology and Water Supply for Pond Aquaculture. Chapman and Hall, New York. 483 p.
  • Boyd, C.E. 1995. Bottom Soils, Sediment, and Pond Aquaculture. Chapman and Hall, New York. 348 p.
  • Egna, H.S. and C.E. Boyd (editors). 1997. Dynamics of Pond Aquaculture. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. 437 p.
  • Boyd, C.E. and C.S. Tucker. 1998. Pond Aquaculture Water Quality Management. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, Massachusetts. 700 p.
  • Boyd, C.E. 2000. Water Quality, an Introduction. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, Massachusetts. 330 p.
  • Boyd, C.E., D.E. Jory, and G.W. Chamberlain (editors). 2006. Operating Procedures for Shrimp Farming. Global Aquaculture Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri. 169 pp.
  • Boyd, C.E. and C.S. Tucker. 2014. Handbook for Aquaculture Water Quality. Craftmaster Printers, Inc., Auburn, Alabama. 439 pp.
  • Boyd, C.E. 2015. Water Quality, an Introduction, 2nd edition. Springer, New York, New York. 357 pp.
  • Boyd, C.E. and A. A. McNevin. 2015. Aquaculture, Resource Use, and the Environment. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, New Jersey. 337 pp.
  • Selected Journal Articles (last 2 years):
  • Boyd, C.E. 2014. A review of sportfish pond fertilization studies at Auburn University. World Aquaculture 45(1):41-45.
  • Brown, T.W., T.R. Hanson, J.A. Chappell, C.E. Boyd, and D.S. Wilson. 2014. Economic feasibility of an in-pond raceway system for commercial catfish production in west Alabama. North American Journal of Aquaculture 76:79-89.
  • Danaher, J.J., J.M Pickens, J.L Sibley, J.A. Chappell, T.R. Hanson, and C.E. Boyd. 2014. Growth of tomato seedlings in commercial substrate amended with dewatered aquaculture effluent. International Journal of Vegetable Science 20(4):340-353.
  • Han, Y., C.E. Boyd, and R. Viriyatum. 2014. A bicarbonate titration method for lime requirement to neutralize exchangeable acidity of pond bottom soils. Aquaculture 434:282-287.
  • Jescovitch, L.N., P. Chaney, and C.E. Boyd. 2014. Land to water surface area ratio in pond aquaculture. World Aquaculture 45(4):44-46.
  • Li, L., C.E. Boyd, and J. Odom. 2014. Identification of Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) to rearing location using elemental profiling. Food Control 45:70-75.
  • Prapaiwong, N. and C.E. Boyd. 2014. Trace elements in waters of inland, low-salinity shrimp ponds in Alabama. Aquaculture Research 45:327-333.
  • Saengrungruang, P. and C.E. Boyd. 2014. Evaluation of porous, geotextile liners for erosion control in small aquaculture ponds. North American Journal of Aquaculture 76:369-374.
  • Zhou, L. and C.E. Boyd. 2014. Total ammonia nitrogen removal from aqueous solutions by the natural zeolite, mordenite: A laboratory test and experimental study. Aquaculture 432:252-257.
  • Boyd, C.E., A. McNevin, and J.W. Clay. 2015. Resource use efficiency in aquaculture: examining the known and unknown. World Aquaculture 46(2):25-30.
  • Brown, T.W., C E. Boyd, and J.A. Chappell. 2015. Organic carbon and dissolved oxygen budgets for a commercial-size, in-pond raceway system. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 46(5):539-548.
  • Chumnanka, N., C.E. Boyd, R. Viriyatum, and S. Tunkijjanukij. 2015. Bottom soil characteristics, survival and production of shrimp in low-salinity, inland ponds in Alabama and Florida (USA). Journal of Soils and Sediments 15:671-682.
  • Li, L., C.E. Boyd, and S. Dong. 2015. Chemical profiling with modeling differentiates Ictalurid catfish produced in fertilized and feeding ponds. Food Control 50:18-22.
  • Zhou, L. and C.E. Boyd. 2015. An assessment of total ammonia nitrogen concentration in Alabama (USA) ictalurid catfish ponds and the possible risk of ammonia toxicity. Aquaculture 437:263-269.
  • Boyd, C.E., C.S. Tucker, and B. Somridhivej. 2016. Alkalinity and hardness: critical but elusive concepts in aquaculture. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 47(1):6-41.
  • Jescovitch, L. N., P. L. Chaney, and C. E. Boyd. 2016. A preliminary assessment of land-to-water surface area ratios (LWR) for sustainable land use in aquaculture. Papers in Applied Geography 2(2):178-188.
  • Li, L. C.E. Boyd, and Z. Sun. 2016. Authentication of fishery and aquaculture products by multi-element and stable isotope analysis. Food Chemistry 194:1238-1244.
  • Somridhivej, B. and C.E. Boyd. 2016. An assessment of factors affecting the reliability of total alkalinity measurements. Aquaculture 459:99-109.
  • Zhou, L. and C.E. Boyd. 2016. Comparison of Nessler, phenate, salicylate and ion selective electrode procedures for determination of total ammonia nitrogen in aquaculture. Aquaculture 450:187-193.