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Dr. Yonathan Zohar

Chair and Professor, Department of Marine Biotechnology, Director, Aquaculture Research Center, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

Education:
University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris VI, Paris, France., Ph.D, Fish Physiology and Endocrinology, 1982; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, M.Sc., Marine Bioolgy, 1976; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, B.Sc., Biology, 1974.

Research:
Dr. Zohar’s research focuses on reproductive physiology and endocrinology of commercially important marine models, broodstock and hatchery technologies as well as recirculating aquaculture; his applied research includes the cultivation of blue crabs, producing juveniles on a year-round basis for research, as well as for life-cycle studies, aquaculture and stock enhancement in the Chesapeake Bay area.

Selected Publications:
Davis, J.L.D., Eckert-Mills, M.G., Young-Williams, A.C., Hines, A.H., and Zohar, Y. (2005). Morphological conditioning of a hatchery-raised invertebrate, Callinectes sapidus, to improve field survivorship after release. Aquaculture 243: 147-158.

Zmora, O., Findiesen, A., Stubblefield, J., Frenkel, V., and Zohar, Y. (2005) First hatchery mass production of blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) juveniles. Aquaculture 244: 129-139.

Davis, J.L.D, Young-Williams, A., Hines, A.H. and Zohar, Y. (2005). Assessing the potential for stock enhancement in the case of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. Canadian J. of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 62(1): 109-122.

Mylonas, C.C., Bridges, C.R., Gordin, H., Belmonte Ríos, A., García, A., De la Gándara, F., Fauvel, C., Suquet, M., Medina, A., Papadaki, M., Heinisch, G., De Metrio, G., Corriero, A., Vassallo-Agius, R., Guzmán, J.M., Mañanos, E., and Zohar, Y. (2007). Preparation and administration of gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) implants for the artificial control of reproductive maturation in captive-reared Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus). Reviews in Fisheries Science 15:183-210.

Hines, A.H., Johnson, E.G., Young, A.C., Aguilar, R., Kramer, M.A., Goodison, M., Zmora, O. and Zohar, Y. (2008). Release strategies for estuarine species with complex migratory life cycles: Stock enhancement of Chesapeake blue crabs, C. sapidus. Rev. Fish. Sci. 16(1): 175-185.

Young, A., Johnson, E.G., Hines, A.H., Davis, J., Zmora, O. and Zohar, Y. (2008). Do hatchery reared blue crabs differ from wild crabs, and does it matter? Rev. Fish. Sci. 16(1): 254-261.

Zohar, Y., Hines, A.H., Zmora, O., Johnson, E.G., Lipcius, R.N., Seitz, R.D., Eggleston, D.B., Place, A.R., Schott, E.J., Stubblefield, J.D., and Chung, J.S. (2008). The Chesapeake Bay blue crab (Callinectes sapidus): A multidisciplinary approach to responsible stock replenishment. Reviews in Fisheries Science 16(1): 24-34.

Zmora, N., Trant, J., Zohar, Y., and Chung J.S. (2009). Molt-inhibiting hormone regulates vitellogenesis in blue crab, Callinectes sapidus 1: an ovarian stage dependent involvement. Saline Systems 2009 5:7.

Zmora, N., Sagi, A., Zohar, Y., and Chung J.S. (2009). Molt-inhibiting hormone regulates vitellogenesis in the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus 2: Sex and vitellogenic stage specific hepatopancreatic binding sites. Saline Systems 2009 5:6.

Tal, Y., Schreier, H.J., Sowers, K.R., Stubblefield, J.D., Place, A.R. and Zohar, Y. (2009). Environmentally sustainable, fully contained marine aquaculture. Aquaculture 286: 28–35.

Rosenfeld, H., Mylonas, C.C., Bridges, C.R., Heinisch, G., Correiro, A., Vessallo-Aguis, R., Medina, A., Belamonte, A., Garcia, A., De-La-Gandara, F., Fauvel, C., De Metrio, G., Meiri, I., Gordin, H., Zohar, Y. (2012). GnRHa-mediated stimulation of the reproductive endocrine axis in captive Atlantic bluefin tuna, Thunnus thynnus. General and Comparative endocrinology, 175, 55-64.