Our Team


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)

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.

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.