Dr. Rebecca Lochmann inducted as president of the World Aquaculture Society

Will Hehemann School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

Dr. Rebecca Lochmann, incoming president of the World Aquaculture Society, is passed the gavel by Graham Mair, outgoing president, during the society’s conference held in May in Jeju, South Korea. More than 2000 of the world’s leading aquaculture scientists, industry leaders and producers attended the event.

Dr. Rebecca Lochmann, incoming president of the World Aquaculture Society, is passed the gavel by Graham Mair, outgoing president, during the society’s conference held in May in Jeju, South Korea.

Dr. Rebecca Lochmann, professor of aquaculture/fisheries at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), was inducted as president of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) during the organization’s annual business meeting, held in Jeju, South Korea in May. The society is a global, professional organization with approximately 2,500 aquaculture professionals from more than 100 countries, which seeks to contribute to the progressive and sustainable development of aquaculture in the world.

“Dr. Lochmann is one of our most accomplished faculty members, whose reputation in the field reaches across the globe,” said Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, chancellor of UAPB. “We are immensely proud of her success and congratulate her on her induction as president of the World Aquaculture Society.”

As president of the WAS, Dr. Lochmann will lead a 15-member board of directors until her presidency expires in 2016. She previously served two terms as secretary of the society. Additionally, she has served in other professional organizations including the Central Arkansas chapter of Sigma Xi, and has been a member of the Catfish Farmers of Arkansas, the Arkansas Bait and Ornamental Fish Grower’s Association and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

She earned a doctorate degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in marine biology from the Florida Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Louisiana State University.

Dr. Lochmann has served as professor of aquaculture/fisheries at UAPB since 1996. Her research focus is fish nutrition with an emphasis on small cyprinids (baitfish), channel catfish and largemouth bass. Her most recent research focuses on alternative protein and lipid sources in fish diets and improving the product quality of foodfish for consumers.

During her tenure at UAPB, Dr. Lochmann has procured dozens of research grants for the university and local industry. She also does international research, and recently obtained a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to enhance the nutritional value of tilapia for human health.

Dr. Lochmann formerly served as associate editor for the North American Journal of Aquaculture. She has published more than 55 refereed journal articles, 13 book chapters and 14 Extension publications.

Next month, she will begin her new appointment as interim Chair of the UAPB Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries and interim director of the Aquaculture/Fisheries Center of Excellence.

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