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Center for a Livable Future


March 25, 2013

CLF awards grant to map aquaculture in Chesapeake region

davisThe Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future has awarded its first Aquaculture, Public Health, and the Environment Research Grant to doctoral student Benjamin Davis to study both historical and current aquaculture practices in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Davis is a 2012-2013 CLF Doctoral Fellow and a first-year PhD student in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He will use Geographic Information System software to analyze local aquaculture practices and environmental data across time and space and thus identify trends and highlight data gaps.

Davis is interested in the energy inputs and waste outputs from different agricultural systems. His academic advisor is Dr. Frank Curriero, associate professor in EHS at the Bloomberg School.

The Center launched this grant program in 2013 to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in a variety of research domains and support Johns Hopkins University faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and doctoral students who are exploring the environmental and public health implications of aquaculture, characterizing aquaculture and production trends, and/or examining the implications of aquaculture practices on food safety and food security.  The grant program supports research projects that are in line with CLF’s Public Health and Sustainable Aquaculture Project, which aims to generate more public health attention to aquaculture.

“We are pleased to be able to provide funding support for Ben’s research, which will address key issues affecting oyster aquaculture in the Chesapeake Bay,” said David Love, PhD, science director, Public Health & Sustainable Aquaculture Project for CLF.