My primary research interest is the genetic improvement of catfish. The areas and related areas within catfish genetics include selective breeding, hybridization, gene transfer, gene mapping and genomics and reproductive physiology.

Professional Affiliations

  • International Association of Genetics in Aquaculture
  • World Aquaculture Society

Honors and awards

  • Alumni Professor, Auburn University
  • recipient of the Catfish Farmers of America Distinguished Research Award
  • first to produce a transgenic fish in the United States. The paper resulting from that work was recognized as one of the top 5 papers by the American Fisheries Society in 1987.
  • research recognized and recorded in the US Congressional Record.
  • Chairman and keynote address for the Genetics Section of Aquaculture Genetics in the Third Millenium, Bangkok,Thailand, 2000
  • Invited Speaker, 4th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production 1990. Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Invited Speaker, 3rd World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production 1986, Lincoln, Nebraska

publications

NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY — 2014

Sex-ratio-biasing constructs for the control of invasive lower vertebrates


AQUACULTURE — 2013

Osteological and histopathological details of unilateral microphthalmia and anophthalmia in juvenile common carp (Cyprinus carpio)


NORTH AMERICAN JOURNAL OF AQUACULTURE — 2011

Broodstock Selection Criteria for Induced Spawning of Channel Catfish for the Production of Channel × Blue Catfish Hybrid Fry and the Influence of Temperature


AQUACULTURE NUTRITION — 2010

Influence of forage fish and dietary supplements on egg quality and fry production in channel catfish ( Ictalurus punctatus )x blue catfish ( Ictalurus furcatus ) hybridization


JOURNAL OF THE WORLD AQUACULTURE SOCIETY — 2009

Effects of Varying Dietary Protein Levels and Feeding Frequencies on Condition and Reproductive Performance of Channel Catfish to Produce Hybrid Catfish


COMPARATIVE IMMUNOLOGY, MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES — 2009

Transgenic fish resistant to infectious diseases, their risk and prevention of escape into the environment and future candidate genes for disease transgene manipulation


AQUACULTURE — 2009

Development of repressible sterility to prevent the establishment of feral populations of exotic and genetically modified animals


NORTH AMERICAN JOURNAL OF AQUACULTURE — 2009

Effect of Postmanufacturing Processing and Shipping of Luteinizing Hormone Releasing Hormone Analog on Induced Ovulation for Production of Channel Catfish Female 3 Blue Catfish Male Hybrid Fry


MOLECULAR IMMUNOLOGY — 2008

Microarray analysis of gene expression in the blue catfish liver reveals early activation of the MHC class I pathway after infection with Edwardsiella ictaluri


DEVELOPMENTAL AND COMPARATIVE IMMUNOLOGY — 2007

Expression analysis of the acute phase response in channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) after infection with a Gram-negative bacterium


AQUACULTURE — 2007

Effects of temperature on the induced spawning of channel catfish and the production of channel×blue catfish hybrid fry


THE ISRAELI JOURNAL OF AQUACULTURE BAMIDGEH — 2006

Transgenic Fish – Where We Are and Where Do We Go?


AQUACULTURE — 2006

Comparison of domestic and wild channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) populations provides no evidence for genetic impact


MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY — 2004

Alterations in Gene Expression in the Brain of White Catfish (Ameiurus catus) in Response to Cold Acclimation


BOOK (AUTHORED) — 2004

Aquaculture and Fisheries Biotechnology Genetic Approaches


AQUACULTURE — 2003

Assessing genetic diversity of domestic


AQUACULTURE — 2003

Dress-out and fillet yields of channel catfish, blue catfish, and their F1, F2 and backcross hybrids


AQUACULTURE — 2003

Response to three generations of selection for increased body weight in channel catfish grown in earthen ponds


GENETICS — 2003

An AFLP-Based Genetic Linkage Map of Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)


SOUTHEASTERN NATURALIST — 2003

DISTRIBUTION, HABITAT USE, AND GENETICS OF TULOTOMA MAGNIFICA (GASTROPODA:VIVIPARIDAE)


(BOOK CHAPTER) AQUATIC GENOMICS – STEPS TOWARD A GREAT FUTURE — 2003

Gene Mapping,lsolation and Genetic Improvement in Catfish


AQUACULTURE — 2002

Comparative growth of Egyptian tilapias in response to declining water temperature


BIOCHIMICA ET BIOPHYSICA — 2002

Molecular characterization and differential expression of the myostatin


MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY — 2002

Enhanced bacterial disease resistance of transgenic channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus, possessing cecropin genes


MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY — 2002

Expression Profile of the Channel Catfish Spleen: Analysis of Genes Involved in Immune Functions


MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY — 2002

Survival of F2 Transgenic common carp containing pRSVrtGH1 complementary DNA when subjected to low dissolved oxygen


MOLECULAR GENETIC GENOMICS — 2002

Differential gene expression in the brain of channel catfish ( Ictalurus punctatus) in response to cold acclimation


MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY — 2002

Effects of Rainbow trout growth hormone complementary DNA on body shape, carcass yield, and carcass composition of F1 and F2 transgenic common carp


AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM — 2002

A Comparison of First and Third Year Growth of Two Strains of Largemouth Bass in South Carolina


ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHEASTERN ASSOCIATION OF GAME AND FISH AGENCIES — 2002

Biochemical Genetics of Brook Trout: Management Implications in Georgia


MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY — 2001

Influence of Environmental Salinity on Messenger RNA Levels of Growth Hormone, Prolactin, and Somatolactin in Pituitary of the Channel Catfish ( Ictalurus punctatus)


REVIEWS IN FISHERIES SCIENCE — 2001

Present and future trends in the U.S. catfish industry: strtegies and concerns for millennium years


PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE SOUTHEASTERN ASSOCIATION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCIES — 2001

Genetic Analysis of Ozark Hellbenders Utilizing RAPD Markers


PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE SOUTHEASTERN ASSOCIATION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCIES — 2001

Biochemical Genetics of BrookTrout in Georgia: Management Implications


TECHNICAL PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONFERENCE ON AQUACULTURE IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM — 2001

Review of the Status of Aquaculture Genetics


GENE — 2000

The skeletal muscle a-actin gene of channel catfish (Ictalurus)


GENE — 2000

Transcriptome analysis of channel cat


NORTH AMERICAN JOURNAL OF AQUACULTURE — 2000

Comparison of Manual Stripping and Pen Spawning for Production of Channel Catfish 3 Blue Catfish Hybrids and Aquarium Spawning of Channel Catfish


TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 2000

Reproduction among Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, and Their F1 and F2 Hybrids


AQUACULTURE — 1999

Random amplified polymorphic DNA markers:


BIOCHEMICAL AND BIOPHYSICAL RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS — 1999

Transcribed Dinucleotide Microsatellites and Their


FISH PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY — 1999

Characterization of nonautonomous Tc1-like transposable elements of


JOURNAL OF FISH DISEASES — 1999

Effects of cecropin peptides on bacteria pathogenic to fish


JOURNAL OF HEREDITY — 1999

High levels of conservation at microsatellite loci among Ictalurid catfishes


MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY — 1999

Development of Polymorphic EST Markers Suitable for Genetic Linkage Mapping of Catfish


MARINE BIOTECHNOLOGY — 1999

Predator Avoidance of Transgenic Channel Catfish Containing Salmonid Growth Hormone Genes


NORTH AMERICAN JOURNAL OF AQUACULTURE — 1999

Effects of Fertilization Method and of Selection for Body Weight and Species on Fertilization Efficiency of Channel Catfish Eggs with Blue or Channel Catfish Sperm


NORTH AMERICAN JOURNAL OF AQUACULTURE — 1999

Growth, Carcass Traits, and Oxygen Tolerance of Diploid and Triploid Catfish Hybrids


TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 1999

Development of Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLP) Markers Suitable for Genetic Linkage Mapping of Catfish


REVIEWS IN FISHERIES SCIENCE — 1999

Hybrid fertility, introgression and backcrossing in fish


JOURNAL OF THE WORLD AQUACULTURE SOCIETY — 1999

Effects of Seasonal Variations, Thyroid and Steroid Hormones, and Carp Pituitary Extract on the Artificial Production of Channel Catfish Zctalurus punctatus X Blue Catfish I. furcatus Hybrids


MOLECULAR ECOLOGY — 1999

Polymorphic microsatellite markers in Ictalurus punctatus and related catfish species


MOLECULAR AND GENERAL GENETICS — 1998

Inheritance and usefulness of AFLP markers in channel cat


MOLECULAR MARINE BIOLOGY BIOTECHNOLOGY — 1998

Characterization of an A/T-rich family of sequences from channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)


PROGRESSIVE FISH CULTURIST — 1998

Seinability of Channel Catfish, Blue Catfish, and Their F1, F2, F3, and Backcross Hybrids in Earthen Ponds


PROGRESSIVE FISH CULTURIST — 1998

The Effect of the Absence or Presence of Channel Catfish Males on Induced Ovulation of Channel Catfish Females for Artificial Fertilization with Blue Catfish Sperm


TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 1998

Cryopreservation of Blue Catfish Spermatozoa and Subsequent Fertilization of Channel Catfish Eggs


ANIMAL GENETICS — 1998

Inheritance of RAPD markers in channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus), blue catfish (I. furcatus), and their F1, F2 and backcross hybrids


JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR ENDOCRINOLOGY — 1998

Transcriptional activities in the pituitaries of channel catfish before and after induced ovulation by injection of carp pituitary extract as revealed by expressed sequence tag analysis


CIRCULAR — 1998

Genetic linkage and QTL mapping of ictalurid catfish


FISHERIES RESEARCH — 1997

Angling vulnerability of black crappies, white crappies, and their naturally produced hybrid in Weiss Reservoir, Alabama, USA


TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 1997

Symmetrical Hybridization between Black Crappie and White Crappie in an Alabama Reservoir Based on Analysis of the Cytochrome-b Gene


PROCEEDINGS OF THE AQUACULTURE SPECIES GENOME MAPPING WORKSHOP — 1997

REVIEW OF PROGRESS IN CATFISH GENE MAPPING


THERIOGENOLOGY — 1996

Effects of sperm concentration and egg number on fertilization efficiency with channel catfish eggs and blue catfish spermatozoa


TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 1996

Hatching Time and Early Growth of Age-0 Black Crappies, White Crappies, and Their Naturally Produced F, Hybrids in Weiss Lake, Alabama


AMERICAN MIDLAND NATURALIST — 1996 

Natural Hybridization between back and white crappie ( Pomoxis ) in 10 Alabama Reservoirs


AQUATIC LIVING RESOURCES VOL. 9

Selection, hybridization and genome manipulation in Siluroidei


AQUACULTURE — 1995

Body composition of transgenic common carp, Cyprinus carpio, containing rainbow trout growth hormone gene


NORTH AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT — 1995

Failure of Quantitative Phenotypic Characteristics to Distinguish Black Crappie, White Crappie, and Their First-Generation Hybrid


AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM — 1995

Distribution Largemouth Bass Genotypes of in South Carolina: Initial Implications


TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 1994

Hybridization and Biochemical Genetics of Black and White Crappies in the Southeastern USA


TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 1994

Natural Hybridization between Black Crappie and White Crappie in Weiss Lake, Alabama


PROGRESSIVE FISH CULTURIST — 1993

Observations on Controlled Artificial Spawning of Channel Catfish


NORTH AMERICAN JOURNAL OF FISHERIES MANAGEMENT — 1992

Introgression of the Florida Largemouth Bass Genome into Native Populations in Alabama Public Lakes


MOLECULAR MARINE BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY — 1992

Transfer, expression, and inheritance of salmonid growth hormone genes in channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus, and effects on performance traits


PROGRESSIVE FISH CULTURIST — 1991

Lack of Inheritance of Stumpbody and Taillessness in Channel Catfish


AQUACULTURE — 1991

Survival and integration rate of channel catfish and common carp embryos microinjected with DNA at various developmental stages


PROGRESSIVE FISH CULTURIST — 1991 

Factors Affecting Survival of Channel Catfish after Surgical Removal of Testes


REVIEWS IN AQUATIC SCIENCES — 1990

Production and use of monosex or sterile fishes in aquaculture


MOLECULAR REPRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT — 1990

Gene Transfer, Expression and Inheritance of pRSV-Rainbow Trout-GH cDNA in the Common Carp, Cyprinus carpio (Linnaeus)


AQUACULTURE — 1990

Genotype-Environment Interactions for Growth of Blue, Channel and Hybrid Catfish in Ponds and Cages at Varying Densities


AQUACULTURE — 1988

Isozyme expression in bighead carp, silver carp and their reciprocal hybrids


AQUACULTURE — 1988

Reproductive performance of three strains of Oreochromis niloticus


CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHEASTERN ASSOCIATION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCIES — 1988

Mitochondrial DNA Polymorphism of Striped Bass in the Southeastern United States


PROGRESSIVE FISH CULTURIST — 1987

Comparison of Mass Selection, Crossbreeding, and Hybridization for Improving Growth of Channel Catfish


TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 1987

Transfer of the Metallothionein-Human Growth Hormone Fusion Gene into Channel Catfish


CIRCULAR — 1987

Economic Analysis of channel catfish egg, fry, fingerling and food fish production in Alabama


PROCEEDINGS OF THE WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON SELECTION, HYBRIDIZATION AND GENETIC ENGINEERING IN AQUACULTURE — 1987

American catfish breeding programs


SOUTHERN COOPERATIVE SERIES BULLETIN — 1987

Genetics and Breeding of Catfish


PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHEASTERN ASSOCIATION OF FISH AND GAMES AGENCIES — 1987

Induction of Polyploidy with Hydrostatic Pressure in Striped Bass, White Bass, and Their Hybrids


TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 1986

Biochemical Genetics of Largemouth Bass in Mesosaline and Freshwater Areas of the Alabama River System


TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 1986

Selection or Drift–Isozyme Allele Frequency Changes among Channel Catfish Selected for Rapid Growth


PROCEEDINGS OF THE 3RD WORLD CONGRESS ON GENETICS APPLIED TO LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION — 1986

Selection and crossbreeding responses for cultured fish


PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHEASTERN ASSOCIATION OF FISH AND GAME AGENCIES — 1986

Biochemical Genetics of Largemouth Bass Populations in Alabama


AQUACULTURE — 1986

Comparison of Strains, Crossbreeds and Hybrids of Channel Catfish for Vulnerability to Angling


PROGRESSIVE FISH CULTURIST — 1985

Evaluation of Body Conformation, Composition, and Density as Traits for Indirect Selection for Dress-out Percentage of Channel Catfish


CIRCULAR — 1985

Improved Growth Rate, Reproductive Performance, and Disease Resistance of Crossbred and Selected Catfish from AU-M and AU-K Lines


PROGRESSIVE FISH CULTURIST — 1984

Reproductive Efficiency in the Reciprocal Pairings Between Two Strains of Channel Catfish


COPEIA — 1984

Karyology of three species of catfishes ( Ictaluridae: Ictalurus ) and four hybrid combinations


CIRCULAR — 1984

Ancestry and Breeding of Catfish in the United States


PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHEASTERN ASSOCIATION OF FISH AND GAME AGENCIES — 1984

Comparisons of Hemoglobins and Hematocrits of Blue, Brown Bullhead, Channel, White, Crossbred, and Hybrid Catfishes


TRANSACTIONS OF THE AMERICAN FISHERIES SOCIETY — 1983

Reproductive Performances of Crossbred and Pure-Strain Channel Catfish Brood Stocks


PROGRESSIVE FISH CULTURIST — 1983

Relative tolerance of channel x blue hybrid and channel catfish to low oxygen concentrations


ANR – CIRCULAR — 1983

Producing Channel Catfish Fingerlings


FISHELSON, L AND YARON, Z., COMPLIERS, PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON TILAPIA IN AQUACULTURE, NAZARETH, ISRAEL — 1983

REPRODUCTIVE TRAITS FOR THREE YEAR CLASSES OF TILAPIA NILOTICA AND MATERNAL EFFECTS ON THEIR PROGENY


AQUACULTURE — 1983

RESPONSE TO SELECTION AND REALIZED HERITABILITY FOR BODY WEIGHT IN THREE STRAINS OF CHANNEL CATFISH, ICTALURUS PUNCTATUS, GROWN IN EARTHEN PONDS


AQUACULTURE — 1983

REVIEW OF CATFISH BREEDING RESEARCH 1969-1981 AT AUBURN UNIVERSITY


JOURNAL OF THE WORLD MARICULTURE SOCIETY — 1983

CORRELATIONS AMONG MORPHOMETRIC TRAITS OF FINGERLING CATFISHES AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO DRESSING PERCENTAGE AT HARVEST


CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHEASTERN ASSOCIATION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AGENCIES — 1982

Effects of selecting for growth rate on reproduction performance in channel catfish


PROGRESSIVE FISH CULTURIST — 1982

Sex-weight relations in blue, channel, and white catfishes: implications for brood stock selection


PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTHEASTERN ASSOCIATION OF FISH AND GAMES AGENCIES — 1982

Length Variation in Species and Hybrid Populations of Blue, Channel, and White Catfishes


AQUACULTURE — 1982

PATERNAL PREDOMINANCE IN RECIPROCAL CHANNEL-BLUE HYBRID CATFISH


JOURNAL OF THE WORLD MARICULTURE SOCIETY — 1982

COMMUNAL STOCKING AND MULTIPLE REARING TECHNIQUE FOR CATFISH GENETICS RESEARCH


PROGRESSIVE FISH CULTURIST — 1981

Growth in Response to Winter Feeding of Blue, Channel, White, and Hybrid Catfishes

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