Meet the Experts

Dr. Neil Anderson

Dr. John Erwin

Jay Maher is the aquaponics system design and construction extraordinaire.

Dr. Kristen Nelson

Dr. Nick Phelps (Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine) is the aquaculture specialist for UMN Extension and focuses on fish health and production.  Nick led the MnDRIVE-GFV aquaponics food safety and economic sustainability projects, organizes the annual aquaponics symposium, and teaches in the UMN aquaponics course HORT4601.

Michele Schermann (Research Felllow, University of Minnesota On-Farm GAPs Education Program, Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering Dept.) focuses on GAPs and production food safety. Email Michele Schermann at See UMN On-FArm GAPs Education Program website for upcoming GAPs workshops.

Dr. Paul Venturelli (Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology) specializes in fish growth and life history, especially in relation to temperature. Paul is involved in food safety, fish disease, and profitability research related to aquaponics, and co-teaches the UMN aquaponics course HORT4601/5601