Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Science
Dr. Dayan Perera has been appointed Extension aquaculture specialist for the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. In this position he will develop a research and Extension program in baitfish and sportfish aquaculture, author peer-reviewed research and Extension publications and teach graduate and undergraduate courses.
Dr. Perera will be based at the Aquaculture Research Station on the UAPB campus and will be responsible for managing the Arkansas baitfish verification program. His research will seek to improve the production of baitfish and sportfish in Arkansas.
“Arkansas is a top aquaculture production state in the U.S., and is the leading producer of baitfish and one of the largest producers of sportfish for recreational and foodfish markets,” Dr. Rebecca Lochmann, interim chair of the UAPB Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries, said. “Dr. Perera’s broad research and professional experience will help fulfill UAPB’s commitment in providing research-based solutions to problems faced by fish farmers and natural fisheries stakeholder groups in Arkansas.”
Dr. Perera has a doctorate degree in fisheries and allied aquacultures from Auburn University, a master’s degree in biology from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Christian Brothers University in Memphis.
Prior to this position, he worked as a research associate for the Gus R. Douglass Land-Grant Institute at West Virginia State University, where his research topics included alternative ingredients in fish feed, the effects of foods and food constituents on gene expression in fin fish and the effects of alternative feed ingredients on the reproductive physiology, development and performance of fish. He also worked to develop aquaponics systems in West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Capacity Building Grants Program.
At Auburn University, Dr. Perera worked as an affiliate professor for the School of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures. His doctoral and post-doctoral research at the school included genetics, fish reproduction, selective breeding and hybrid catfish production.
His professional memberships include the World Aquaculture Society, American Fisheries Society, United States Aquaculture Society and National Aquaculture Association. He has authored and co-authored a number of journal articles on aquaculture.