Delaware State University
A Master’s level assistantship is available starting in Spring 2020, and will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. This assistantship is being funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program (EPP) with Minority Serving Institution and comes with a $21,000/year stipend plus tuition assistance. The selected candidate will also participate in a NOAA Experiential Research & Training Opportunities (NERTO), a 12-week internship at a cooperating NOAA lab during their graduate training.
Shellfish farming is America’s fastest-growing marine aquaculture sector. However, growers and regulators are experiencing more stringent post-harvest treatment requirements because of increased public health concerns about illness related to consuming raw shellfish. The most dangerous pathogens in domestic bivalve shellfish are Vibrio parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus, and are an increasing concern both for human health and the sustainability of a rapidly expanding half-shell industry. DSU is working with a number of partners including the DE Sea Grant, DE Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, private shellfish growers, and commercial technology companies to develop practical, on-farm solutions. With the recent initiation of shellfish aquaculture in Delaware’s Inland Bays and growing concerns over vibrios, the selected candidate will explore various vibrio control strategies, both pre- and post-harvest, for possible implementation in DE, the region and nationally.