William C. Walton, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist

William C. Walton, PhD (Fisheries Science, U of MD), MSc (Ecology & Evolution, Rutgers U)

Associate Professor, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University

Extension Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Working along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico at Auburn University’s Shellfish Lab (Dauphin Island, AL) and the Auburn University Marine Extension & Research Center (Mobile, AL), I conduct applied research with local shellfish farmers, shellfishermen (commercial and recreational), and national and local organizations. Before moving to the Gulf, I did similar work along the coast of Massachusetts, out on Cape Cod.

My interests include all aspects of marine invertebrate fisheries, restoration and aquaculture. I currently very interested in all questions related to improving the quality of farmed shellfish.

Photo of Bill Walton by Hollis Bennett, copyright Hollis Bennett, www.hollisbennett.com

I have a BSc in Biology from Tufts University, a MSc in Ecology from Rutgers University, and a PhD in Fisheries Science from the University of Maryland. I was the shellfish constable & marine biologist for the Town of Wellfleet, MA for two years, and then a marine extension agent for both Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and Woods Hole Sea Grant working with shellfishermen and shellfish farmers throughout Massachusetts. My wife, Beth, and I ran a small oyster farm in Cape Cod Bay, raising Bees River oysters for five years.

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