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STEM Scholars Lecture

Dr. Dudley Burton
Professor, Environmental Studies
California State University, Sacramento

  Dr. Brook Murphy
Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Biological Sciences
California State University, Sacramento


Fish Farming

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Thursday, February 19th
6:00 - 7:00 pm
University Union, Redwood Room

            Dr. Dudley Burton, Professor in the department of Environmental Studies and Dr. Brook Murphy, Lecturer in the Environmental Studies and Biological Sciences department at Sacramento State, will deliver the first presentation of the Spring 2015 Sacramento State STEM Scholars Lecture Series. Their talk, titled "Farming with Fish: Aquaponics and Urban Agriculture in Sacramento," will address their current aquaponics research happening at the Sustainable Technology Outdoor Research Center (STORC) at Sacramento State.

            As our population grows, a strong movement toward localized food production in non-traditional agricultural areas has begun to take hold. Professors Dudley Burton and Brook Murphy created the aquaponics program to highlight the significance of urban agriculture in addressing global food supply and environmental sustainability issues. Aquaponics farming is a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by fish or other aquatic animals supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically. It uses 90 percent less water than traditional farming methods.

            Speaker Bio

            Dr. Burton received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley in 1975. His research is focused on food, energy, water, and other natural resource management issues. Click the link to learn more about Dr. Burton.

            Dr. Murphy received a master’s and doctorate degrees in Entomology from UC Davis in 1990 and 1994, respectively. His work is focused on statistics, pest management, and biomimetic technology. Click the link to learn more about Dr. Murphy.

Contact Information

STEM Scholars Series

Sharon Puricelli
Coordinator, Center for STEM Excellence
(916) 278-2789