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Brian Callam

Research Associate 3

Brian Callam is pursuing a doctorate degree in fisheries and aquaculture at Louisiana State University’s School of Renewable Natural Resources. He is working as a graduate assistant at Louisiana Sea Grant’s oyster hatchery on Grand Isle, and his research focuses on designing and implementing a tetraploid oyster-breeding program that continues development of triploid oyster production. The initial phase of his research is comparing gonadal cycling in diploid, triploid and tetraploid broodstocks. In addition to the breeding research program, he is actively engaged in extension efforts to train commercial collaborators in off-bottom culture methods for use in the newly formed Grand Isle Oyster Farming Zone and beyond. His career goals after graduation are to conduct genetic and breeding research to advance marine invertebrate aquaculture.


Olivia Maggiacomo

Research Associate 1

Virginia Morejon

Research Associate 1