Jackson Gross


The driving force in my current research program is to be at the forefront of environmental and production sustainability and ecological integrity. To achieve this vision my research is focused into three distinct, yet overlapping applied research themes; (1) Aquaculture, (2) Invasion Biology and (3) Environmental/Ecological Toxicology. This research usually addresses data gaps and provides scientific solutions, determined through rigorous experimentation, meeting the immediate biological and engineering needs of the aquaculture industry and natural resource community. My research is historically a mix of laboratory and field experimentation. However, there are many times where the research is not exclusively one or the other, but instead, a blend where controlled laboratory experimentation is brought into the field.

More specific examples include:

Conducting reproductive and developmental biology studies to improve fish and bivalve culture, humane harvest of fish, habitat utilization, and water quality. Future research will also focus on recirculating aquaculture and aquaponics systems for finfish and vegetable production.

Developing technologies and strategies for the control of aquatic invasive and nuisance species, with the goal of conserving biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems. Research explores traditional and novel physical, biological, and chemical approaches, addressing susceptible life history stages of target species and examining unintended effects on non-target species.

Evaluating environmental stressors as factors that compromise ecological integrity and animal health. One of the areas I have significant interest in is the effects of anthropogenic sound on aquatic resources.