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Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Brandon Ray


Degree Obtained:  M.S. (2023)
Major Professor: Dr. Matt DiMaggio

Brandon Ray was a graduate assistant and obtained his Master of Science in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory. He worked with Dr. Matt DiMaggio and Ph.D. candidate Casey Murray on the NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy grant focused on developing and refining culture protocols for Hogfish. While at the TAL, Brandon built on previous culture success by expanding our understanding of osmoregulatory capacity and exploring novel chemical marking techniques in Hogfish.

Brandon graduated from the University of Florida in 2018 with a B.S. in Marine Sciences. Just before the end of his undergraduate degree he began work at the Florida Museum of Natural History where he aided the Ichthyology Collections Manager with maintenance and care of museum specimens. Brandon also assisted Dr. Larry Page with his work on defining novel fish species from Thailand culminating in the discovery and description of the species Garra surinbinnani. Brandon moved on to work at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience where he cared for experimental animals and supported various research efforts. Under Dr. James Liao he aided with Red Drum tagging and fish locomotion projects, and under Dr. James Strother he assisted with cupula microenvironment and novel antinociceptive compound discovery projects.

Brandon spends time outdoors whenever he is able and enjoys hiking and mountain biking. He is also an avid aquarist and participates in martial arts and weightlifting.

Brandon with a big fish


Brandon Ray right side of bio page


UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
1408 24th Street SE
Ruskin, FL  33570

Google Scholar Profile

  • Education

    B.S., Marine Sciences, 2018, University of Florida

  • Publications

    Page, L.M., B.C. Ray, S. Tongnunui, D.A. Boyd, and Z.S. Randall. 2019. Garra surinbinnani, a new species of labeonine from the Mae Khlong basin of Thailand (Teleostei: Cyprinidae), Ichthyological Exporation of Freshwaters EF-1117:1-15.
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  • Presentations

    S.W. Hutchins, C.A. Murray, O.I. Markham, J.L. Diemer, B.C. Ray, and M.A. DiMaggio. 2022. Slow your roll, improve your role: Suppressing copepods’ escape responses to improve feeding success of larval fishes. Poster Presentation. Women of the Water, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida.

  • Awards

    2023 Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences Section Outstanding Student Oral Presentation - Florida Academy of Sciences