Aquatic Health Program
The Aquatic Heath Program (AHP) strives to promote and protect the well-being of all aquatic species and their environments by investigating the behavioral, anatomical, and physiological components of individual organisms and applying them to the ecosystem scale.
AHP is a multidisciplinary unit that is dedicated to improving the lives of all aquatic species through integrating research, educational outreach, and service programs of the highest quality.
AHP Objectives are to:
- Establish high throughput, practical, and cost-effective systems for screening the effects of contaminant and contaminant mixtures specific to aquatic organisms.
- Educate researchers, veterinarians, and graduate students in aquatic organism health, comparative pathology, pharmacology, and ecotoxicology.
- Provide training for selected undergraduates in conventional aquatic toxicology and provide outreach experiences for regional high school students.
- Collaborate with private sectors, interagency programs, regional, state and federal stakeholders as well as other research and educational institutions to improve the health of aquatic species and their environments.
- Initiate meetings with citizen stakeholder groups on environmental issues and hold forums for interactive discussions on environmental policies concerning watershed quality and management.
- Deliver oral presentations, written reports, and peer-reviewed publications on completed projects for use in the management and protection of threatened and endangered species.