The iAVs Research Group

PRINCIPLE-INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Mark R. McMurtry 

 

CO-INVESTIGATORS:

Douglas C. Sanders

Douglas C. Sanders (deceased) was a distinguished scientist and expert in the field of olericulture and was a renowned authority in the field of plant physiology. He holds the title of Fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science (FASHS).

Sanders’ work has helped shape the understanding and practices of horticulture, benefiting both the scientific community and the broader horticultural industry. 

By understanding the physiological responses of plants to different environmental conditions, Sanders has contributed to the development of plant management strategies that maximize plant growth and yield.

Edward A. Estes

Dr. Edward A. Estes holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, specializing in sustainable agriculture and an expert in Aquacultural Economics. 

He has dedicated his career to researching and promoting innovative solutions for sustainable food production. Dr. Estes has conducted extensive research on aquaponics and hydroponics systems, focusing on optimizing nutrient cycling, water management, and plant growth in controlled environments.

Paul V. Nelson

Paul V. Nelson is a renowned authority in the field of Botanical Mineral Nutrition and Greenhouse Management. 

With a deep understanding of plant physiology, nutrient assimilation, and greenhouse technologies, Nelson has dedicated his career to researching and promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

Paul has been honored as a Fellow by the American Society of Horticultural Science (ASHS) for his contributions to the field of horticulture and sustainable agriculture. 

Paul Nelson was a Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University and a key figure in the development and promotion of the Integrated Aqua-Vegetable System (iAVs). 

He was a prolific author and published numerous (100’s) articles and papers on topics related to horticulture, botanical nutrition, greenhouse management, and sustainable agriculture. 

Not only that, but he was also a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops and was known for his ability to communicate complex scientific concepts in an accessible way.

Nelson is also well-known in the field of horticulture for his definitive text “Greenhouse Operation and Management”, which is currently in its 7th edition. 

This text has been employed for over four decades in universities throughout the US and the world and is considered a valuable resource for students and professionals in the field of horticulture.

Robert P. Patterson

Robert P. Patterson holds a Ph.D. in Agronomy and has dedicated his career to researching and promoting sustainable agricultural practices. 

With a specialization in soil fertility and plant physiology, Patterson has conducted extensive research on the interactions between plants, soil, and nutrients.

Ronald G. Hodson

Ronald G. Hodson holds a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology and has dedicated his career to studying and managing aquatic ecosystems. 

With a specialization in fisheries management and genetics, Hodson has conducted extensive research on the interactions between aquatic organisms, their environment, and the genetic factors influencing their growth and survival.

PRINCIPLE CONSULTANTS

Blanche C. Haning

Blanche C. Haning, Ph.D., is an expert in Integrated Pest Management and Plant Pathology.

Donald Huisingh

Donald Huisingh, Ph.D., is a globally recognized distinguished expert in the field of Ecology and Environmental Resource Recovery.

J. Lawrence Apple

Lawrence Apple, Ph.D., is an expert in International Development and Plant Pathology and has dedicated his career to researching and implementing sustainable agricultural practices in the context of international development. 

With a specialization in international development, Apple has conducted extensive research on the intersection of agriculture, food security, and sustainable development.

JoAnn Burkholder

J BurkholderPh.D., FAAAS, is an expert in Aquatic Ecology with a specialization in Phycology, the study of algae. 

Throughout her career, she has focused on the ecological dynamics of aquatic systems, particularly the interactions between algae and their environment. is a researcher who has been honored as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her contributions to the field of aquatic ecosystems  and sustainable agriculture.

L. George Wilson

George Wilson, Ph.D., is a distinguished expert in the field of Horticultural Science’s role in international development. Dr. Wilson holds the title of Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America (FCSSA).

Marc A. Buchanan

Marc A. Buchanan, Ph.D., is an expert in Agricultural Ecology and Soil Science with a specialization in agricultural ecology, Buchanan has conducted extensive research on the interactions between agriculture, ecosystems, and soil health.

Merle Jensen

Merle Jensen is a horticulturist who is instrumental in the development of hydroponic greenhouse culture. 

He was an emeritus professor at the University of Arizona and is known for his work on the use of sand as a substrate for growing plants. Jensen’s research showed that sand was an effective substrate for growing plants and that it had several advantages over other substrates.

Merle Jensen was also involved in the development of the Land Pavilion at Epcot Center, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The Land Pavilion was a showcase for sustainable agriculture and featured several innovative agricultural systems, including hydroponics and aquaculture

He was instrumental in the development of the fluidized-bed sand filters that were used to manage water quality in the large aquariums at the Center. 

These filters were a key component of the system and helped to maintain water quality and provide nutrients for plants.

Stanley W. Buol

Stanley W. Buol, Ph.D., is an expert in Geomorphology, Mineralogy, and Soil Genesis and has dedicated his career to researching and understanding the formation and properties of soils. Buol has conducted extensive research on the processes that shape soils and the factors influencing their composition and fertility.

Thomas Losordo

Thomas Losordo, Ph.D., is a expert in the field of Recirculatory Aquaculture Systems (RAS) and has made substantial contributions to the development and advancement of sustainable aquaculture practices.

AD HOC CONSULTANTS:

BA Costa-Pierce

BA Costa-Pierce is a researcher who has been honored as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his contributions to the field of integrated aquaculture and sustainable agriculture.

PA Sanchez

PA Sanchez is a researcher who has been honored as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his contributions to the field of soil science and sustainable agriculture in international development.

R Sneed

R Sneed is a researcher who has been honored as a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers for his contributions to the field of controlled environmental agriculture. Also known as the inventor (‘father’) of the Phytron which are research facilities used to study the influence/effect of multiple environment factors influencing gene expression by plant species and cultivars.

TECHNICAL RESOURCES

 

Boone. M. Mora, D.V.M. Commercial iAVs (Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System) Demonstration project

Brandy Noon, M.A. Presentation and Graphics Design

Dale E. Ettel, Ph.D. Fish Feed Formulation (Purina Mills, Inc.)

Martin L. Price, Ph.D. Development Assistance and Networking (ECHO)

Nancy Mingus, M.S. Plant Tissue Analysis (NCSU)

Ray Campbell, Ph.D. Plant Nutrition and Tissue Analysis (NCDA)

Ray Tucker, Ph.D. Soil Fertility and Analysis (NCDA)

Reed Altman, M.S. Aquaculture Development (US Peace Corps)

Reed Altman is an aquaculture specialist who has dedicated his career to promoting sustainable aquaculture practices around the world. He holds a Master of Science degree in Aquaculture Development from the US Peace Corps and has worked with various organizations to develop aquaculture projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Stephen F. Pekkala, AIA Development Programming

Vincent M. Foote, FIDSA (Fellow Industrial Design Society of America) Integrated Systems Design

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