Delbert Gatlin

Del Gatlin Title: Professor & Associate Department Head for Research and Graduate Programs

Expertise: Fish nutrition and aquaculture

Education:

  • B.S. 1980, Fisheries Ecology and Aquaculture, Texas A&M University
  • Ph.D. 1983, Nutrition/Biochemistry, Mississippi State University

Office Phone: (979) 847-9333

Email: d-gatlin@tamu.edu

Office: 216E Heep Laboratory Bldg.

Professional Experience

  • 1998 – present: Professor, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • 2006 – 2007:  Interim Head, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • 1994 – present: Associate Head for Research and Graduate Programs, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
  • 1993 – 1998: Associate Professor, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • 1990 – present: Assistant/Associate/Professor, Intercollegiate Faculty of Nutrition, Texas A&M University
  • 1987 – 1993: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • 1985 – 1987: Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Awards and Service/Leadership

  • 1987-present:  Member – Committee of the Southern Regional Aquaculture Center
  • 1990-2008: Editorial Boards – Aquaculture, Aquaculture Nutrition, Journal of the World Aquaculture Society
  • 1998-2003: Chair – Southern Extension and Research Activities – Information Exchange Group for Aquaculture
  • 2001: Faculty Fellow of Texas A&M University
  • 1990, 2002, 2010: Research of the Year, Texas Aquaculture Association
  • 2003-06, 2009-present: Co-Chair for Research – Technical Committee, Southern Regional Aquaculture Center
  • 2002-present: Associate Senior Scientist, Aquaculture Protein Centre of Norway funded by the Norwegian Research Council
  • 2005 to present: Chair, Plant Products in Aquafeeds Working Group – A group of international experts working collaboratively to increase the use of plant feedstuffs in aquaculture diets
  • 2006: Faculty Fellow of the Texas Agricultural Experiment
  • 2007: Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Administration, Texas A&M AgriLife
  • 2009-present: Nutrition Section Editor, Aquaculture
  • 2008-2010: Vice-Chair, Subcommittee on Nutrient Requirements of Fish and Shrimp, Board on Agriculture, National Academies

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Fisheries Society
  • American Society for Nutritional Sciences (formerly American Institute of Nutrition)
  • Fish Culture Section of the American Fisheries Society
  • World Aquaculture Society including U.S. Chapter

Offices, Editorships, Review Panels, Committees

  • Co-Chair for Research – Technical Committee of the Southern Regional Aquaculture Center, 2003-2006, 2009- 2011.
  • Member – Committee of the Southern Regional Aquaculture Center, 1987-present.
  • Chair – Southern Extension and Research Activities – Information Exchange Group for Aquaculture, 1998-2003.
  • Associate Senior Scientist, Aquaculture Protein Centre of Norway funded by the Norwegian Research Council.
  • Member – Nutrition Scientific Advisory Group of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, 1997-present.
  • Editorial Boards – Aquaculture, Aquaculture Nutrition, Journal of the World Aquaculture Society; 1990-2008.
  • Chair, Plant Products in Aquafeeds Working Group – A group of international experts working collaboratively to increase the use of plant feedstuffs in aquaculture diets; 2005 to present.
  • Nutrition Section Editor, Aquaculture, Jan. 2009-present.
  • Member, Subcommittee on Nutrient Requirements of Fish and Shrimp, Board on Agriculture, National Academies

Publications

(from a total of 205 peer-reviewed articles, 16 book chapters, 2 books)

  • Zheng, Z. L., K. Y. Wang, D. M. Gatlin III and J.M. Ye (2011) Evaluation of GroBiotic®-A in regard to growth, muscle composition, immune responses and resistance against Aeromonas hydrophila in Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. J. World Aquaculture Soc., 42:549-557.
  • Buentello, J. A., C. Pohlenz, D. Margulies, V. P. Scholey, J. B. Wexler, D. Tovar-Ramírez, W. H. Neill, P. Hinojosa-Baltazar and D. M. Gatlin III (2011) A preliminary study of digestive enzyme ontogeny and amino acid composition of early juvenile yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares). Aquaculture, 312:205–211.
  • Cheng, Z., J. A. Buentello and D. M. Gatlin III (2011) Dietary nucleotides influence immune responses and intestinal morphology of red drum Sciaenops ocellatus. Fish & Shellfish Immunol., 30:143-147.
  • Grisdale-Helland, B., D. M. Gatlin, III, E. Corrent and S. J. Helland (2011) The minimum dietary lysine requirement, maintenance requirement and efficiency of lysine utilization for growth of Atlantic salmon smolts. Aquaculture Res., 42:1509-1529.
  • Walker, S., W. H. Neill, A. L. Lawrence, and D. M. Gatlin III (2011) Effects of temperature and starvation on ecophysiological performance of the Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei). Aquaculture, 319:439–445.
  • Cheng, Z., J. A. Buentello and D. M. Gatlin III (2011) Effects of dietary arginine and glutamine on growth performance, immune responses and intestinal structure of red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus. Aquaculture, 319:247–252.
  • Davies, J. A., A. Buentello, S. Patnaik, A. L. Lawrence, A. Mustafa, M. E. Hume, D. M. Gatlin III, and M. C. Kemp (2011) Effect of dietary supplementation of  acidic calcium sulfate (Vitoxal) on growth, survival, immune response and gut microbiota of the Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei. J. World Aquaculture Society, 834-844.
  • Savolainen, L.C. and D. M. Gatlin III (2010) Evaluation of sulfur amino acid and zinc supplements to soybean-meal-based diets for hybrid striped bass. Aquaculture 307:260–265.
  • Zhou, Q.-C., J. A. Buentello and D. M. Gatlin III (2010) Effects of dietary prebiotics on growth performance, immune response and intestinal morphology of red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus). Aquaculture 309:253–257.
  • Burr, G. S., M. Hume, S. Ricke, D. Nisbet and D. M. Gatlin III(2010) In vitro evaluation of four prebiotics with hybrid striped bass Morone chrysops xM. saxatilis. Micro. Ecol., 59:187-198.
  • Buentello, A. J., and D. M. Gatlin, III (2010) Phosphorus availability in low-phytate varieties of barley: digestibility studies with channel catfish and red drum. N. Am. J. Aquaculture 72:188-194.
  • Sink, T. D., R. T. Lochmann, C. Pohlenz, A. Buentello, and D. Gatlin III (2010) Effects of dietary protein source and protein-lipid source interaction on channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) egg biochemical composition, egg production and quality, and fry hatching percentage and performance. Aquaculture 298:251-259.
  • Buentello, A. J., W. H. Neill and D. M. Gatlin, III (2010) Effects of dietary prebiotics on growth, feed efficiency and non-specific immunity of juvenile red drum Sciaenops ocellatus fed soybean-based diets. Aquaculture Res., 41:411-418.
  • Naylor, R., R. W. Hardy, D. P. Bureau, A. Chiu, M. Elliott, A. P. Ferrell, I. Forster, D. M. Gatlin III, R. J. Goldberg, K. Hua and P.D. Nichols (2009) Feeding aquaculture in an era of finite resources. PNAS, 106: 15103-15110.
  • Jaramillo, F., Jr., P. Li and D. M. Gatlin III (2009) Selenium nutrition of hybrid striped bass (Morone chrysops x M. saxatilis): Bioavailability, toxicity and interaction with vitamin E. Aquaculture Nutr., 15:160-165.
  • Li, P. and D. M. Gatlin III (2009) Dietary vitamin E requirement of the red drum Sciaenops ocellatus. Aquaculture Nutr., 15:313-319.
  • Davis, D., T. Nguyen, M. Li, D. M. Gatlin III, and T. O’Keefe (2009) Advances in aquaculture nutrition: catfish, tilapia and carp nutrition. In: New Technologies in Aquaculture: Improving Production Efficiency, Quality and Environmental Management (G. Burnell and G. Allan eds.), pp. 440-456, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
  • Burr, G. S., M. Hume and D. M. Gatlin III (2009) Effects of the prebiotics GroBiotic®-A and inulin on the intestinal microbiota of red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus). J. World Aquaculture Soc., 40:440-449.
  • Wen, Q., P. Li and D. M. Gatlin III (2009) Dose-dependent influences of β-1, 3 glucan on innate immunity and disease resistance of hybrid striped bass Morone chrysops × M. saxatilis: evidence in vitro and in vivo.  Aquaculture Res., 40:1578-1584.
  • Savolainen, L. C. and D.M. Gatlin III (2009) Evaluation of dairy/yeast prebiotic supplementation in the diet of juvenile common goldfish (Carassius auratus) in the presence or absence of phytoplankton/zooplankton. J. Aquatic Animal Health, 21:156-163.
  • Gasier, H. G., S. F. Previs, C. Pohlenz, J. D. Fluckey, D. M. Gatlin III and J. A. Buentello (2009) A novel approach for assessing protein synthesis in channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. B., 154:235-238.
  • Li, P., B. Ray, D. M. Gatlin III, T. Sink, R. Chen and R. Lochmann (2009) Effect of handling and transport on cortisol response and nutrient mobilization of golden shiner Notemigonus crysoleucas.  J. World Aquaculture Soc., 40:803-809.
  • Walker, S., W. H. Neill, A. L. Lawrence, and D. M. Gatlin III (2009) Effect of salinity and body weight on ecophysiological performance of the Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei).  J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol., 380:119-124.
  • Buentello, J. A., J. B. Goff and D. M. Gatlin III (2009) Dietary zinc requirement of hybrid striped bass Morone chrysops x M. saxatilis and bioavailability of two chemically different zinc compounds.  J. World Aquaculture Soc., 40:687-694.

Grants and Contracts

(Ongoing projects included; total funds of $5,524,000 obtained to date)

  • NOAA Marine Aquaculture Program, “Development of alternative protein-based diets for prominent coldwater and warmwater marine fishes”, $649,063/2 yr. (F. Barrows, S. Craig, K. Dabrowski, T. Gaylord, and J. Tomasso, Co-PIs).
  • Southern Regional Aquaculture Center, “Improving reproductive efficiency of cultured finfish”. $500,410/3 yr. total; $19,500 TAMU (T. Sink et al., Co-PIs).
  • NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy Program, “Development of hatchery procedures for aquaculture of the red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus): Investigations on larval nutrition and potential alternative diets”, Total = $262,280/3 yr.; $62,451 TAMU (E. Sallient, J. Lemmos, A. Buentello, Co-PIs).
  • Department of Energy, “National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts – An algal biofuels consortium”, $44,000,000/3 yr. (Lawrence and Gatlin portion = $1,000,000/3 yr.).
  • Southern Regional Aquaculture Center, “Development and evaluation of cool water crawfish baits”. $125,000/3 yr. total; $34,405 TAMU (R. McClain et al., Co-PIs).
  • Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program, “Advancing fishmeal replacement in diets of marine fish for enhanced production efficiency, health and product quality”, $294,836/2 yr. (J. Tomasso Co-PI).
  • DSM Nutritional Corp., “Evaluation of the nucleotide product Rovimax NX in diets of tilapia”, $21,500/1 yr.
  • USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, “Improving productivity, efficiency, product quality and sustainability of aquaculture through systematic integration of information”, $9,906/1 yr.
  • Omega Protein Corporation, “Evaluation of fishmeal analogs in the diet of hybrid striped bass”, $20,000/1 yr.
  • Southern Regional Aquaculture Center, “Improving catfish broodstock management by manipulating diets, stocking densities and sex ratios”, $388,385/3 yr. total; $80,000 TAMU (R. Lochmann et al., Co-PIs).
  • Nutritional manipulation as a health management tool for the yellowtail kingfish, Seriola lalandi”, Texas A&M and CONACyT Collaborative Research Grant Program, $24,000/1 yr. (C. Bailey and J. P. Lazo co-PIs).

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