Alexander Sitek, MS Student

Biological Sciences: Agricultural Sciences - MS Alex Sitek

Dr. Todd Guerdat

Environmental and Economically Sustainable Aquaculture and Aquaponics

My research focuses on evaluating aquaculture effluent for use in an Integrated Agricultural Production System (IAPS) such as aquaponics and hydroponics. Initially we will test three aquaculture feeds with differing protein contents for nutrient production and availability to plants. Following the effluent characterization we will apply our finding to both coupled and decoupled IAPS to observe productivity and evaluate the economic viability of such systems. Through a mass nutrient balance within systems, we can optimize aquaculture effluent management as well as the efficiency of nutrient utilization in the hydroponic system. Integrated Agricultural Production Systems have the potential to increase yield, reduce environmental impacts, and increase economic viability.