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Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory


Direct contact information, as well as links to individual pages, for faculty, staff, students, and alumni are below.  If you need assistance but do not know who to contact, visit our Contact Info page.


Craig Watson
813-671-5230 x107


Head shot (close-up) of Eric CassianoEric Cassiano, M.S.
Assistant Extension Scientist
813-671-5230 x109

Matthew DiMaggio, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ornamental Aquaculture
813-671-5230 x115

Jeff Hill, Ph.D.
Non-native Species & Aquaculture
813-671-5230 x118

Head shot of Josh PattersonJosh Patterson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Restoration Aquaculture

Quenton Tuckett, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Scientist
Aquatic Ecology
813-671-5230 x114

Roy YanongRoy Yanong, V.M.D.
Professor & Extension Veterinarian
813-671-5230 x104


Micah Alo, M.S.
Farm Manager / Biologist
813-671-5230 x112

Sarah Woolley head shot (150 x 180)Sarah Woolley Hutchins

Clayton PatmagrianClayton Patmagrian
Farm Technician

Debbie Pouder, M.Aq.
Diagnostic Lab Manager /
Coordinator, Research Programs & Services
813-671-5230 x106

Holly QuillenHolly Quillen
Office Manager
813-671-5230 x100

Amy WoodAmy Wood
813-671-5230 x112

On-Site Partners

Kathleen HartmanKathleen Hartman, M.S., D.V.M., Ph.D.
Aquaculture Program Leader
USDA APHIS Veterinary Services
813-671-5230 x119

Chris Layman head shot (150 x 180)Chris Layman
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services


Head shot of Jared Zierenberg, USDA Wildlife ServicesJared Zierenberg
South Florida District Supervisor
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
813-671-5230 x105

Graduate Students

Katie EverettKatie Everett
M.S.. Student

Olivia MarkhamOlivia Markham
M.S.. Student



Casey Murray (head shot)Casey Murray
Ph.D. Candidate

Head shot of Brandon Ray, graduate  studentBrandon Ray
M.S. Student 



Head shot of Brittany ScharfBrittany Scharf
Ph.D. Student 



Head shot of Elizabeth Walsh, graduate studentElizabeth Walsh
M.S. Student 


Noah Boldt (head shot)Noah Boldt
M.S., 2021



Allison Durland Donahue head shot (150 x 180)Allison Durland Donahou
Ph.D., 2020




Elizabeth Groover
M.S., 2018




Lauren Lapham head shot (150 x 180)Lauren Lapham
M.S., 2019




Katelyn Lawson
Ph.D., 2018




Taylor Lipscomb
Ph.D., 2020




Tim Lyons
M.S., 2018




Shane Ramee
Ph.D., 2019




Michael Sipos
M.S., 2018




Grace Sowaske head shot (150 x 180)Grace Sowaske
M.S., 2020