Dr. John Scarpa

Dr. Scarpa has been involved in aquaculture research, teaching, and training for 30+ years. His areas of study range from bivalve culture/bivalve ploidy manipulation to delineating culture requirements of pharmacologically important species and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture. He also has experience with microalgae culture, macroalgae culture, shrimp culture, fish culture and recirculating systems.

He received his B.S. degree in Marine Science from Long Island University – Southampton College.  He received his M.S. in Marine Studies from University of Delaware studying ploidy manipulation in bivalves.  He received his Ph.D. in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University studying the effects of mineral nutrition on fish immunocompetence.  His postdoctoral positions brought him back to bivalves.  As a National Science Foundation-STA Fellow in Japan he was the first to document the viability of tetraploid bivalves.  At Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, Florida, he was involved in bivalve culture of new species, breeding a hardier strain of hard clams for commercial use, low-salinity marine shrimp culture, and recirculating land-based integrated multi-trophic aquaculture. He joined Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 2014.