David E. Vaughan

305-745-2729, ext. 202; dvaughan@mote.org

Executive Director, Mote Tropical Research Laboratory, Florida Keys
Center Director, Coral Reef Research

    Dr. David E. Vaughan is a marine research scientist, who has designed, built and operated many marine projects, programs and businesses in the area of sustainable aquaculture.   He has planned, designed, built and operated over a dozen shellfish aquaculture research, education and demonstration facilities using low energy, low water usage and complete water recirculation technologies. He initiated the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution’s Aquaculture Division in 1991 and built the Aquaculture Development Park (40 acres of research, education and business incubators).  He also developed the Aquaculture Center for Training, Education and Demonstration, ACTED, which had a commercial scale teaching hatchery.  Dr. Vaughan also built managed and operated Harbor Branch Clams Inc. the nation’s largest hardclam seed production hatchery (1996-2001), with production of over 1 million clams per day.  Dr. Vaughan designs flexible aquaculture systems that are low energy and easy to operate and improve.
Dr. Vaughan worked with the Coral Reef Restoration Initiative with Earth Echo International and Philippe Cousteau.  He is presently Executive Director for the Mote Marine Laboratory, Tropical Research Lab and the director of the Center for Coral Reef Research and manages the Reef Restoration Program. Dr. Vaughan works with marine and water related technologies including full water treatment and recirculation as well as nano-technologies for carrying water nutrients and for de-salinization.
Dr. Vaughan has over 32 scientific publications, numerous papers, patents and presentations. He has made over a thousand dives, and conducted over 5 manned submersible dives to over 2,000 feet deep. He also holds a U.S. Coast Guard captains license. He has well rounded experiences in developing and managing marine related programs, businesses, education and technology transfer projects to successful completion.

    1975    B.S. Biology/Chemistry, Graceland College
    1977    M.S. Biology/Microbiology, Fairleigh Dickinson University
    1983    Ph.D. Botany and Plant Physiology, Rutgers University

Positions and Experience
2005-Present      Mote Marine Laboratory, Summerland Key, Florida – Executive Director of the Tropical Research Laboratory, Administrate field laboratory facility and staff.   Director of Coral Reef Research Center, Directing coral reef programs and projects including coral reef monitoring, reef resilience surveys, Bleach-Watch forecasting and volunteer water monitoring. Manager of the Reef Restoration Program, oversees the coordination of the culture of corals and herbivores for field restoration of reefs. Administration of the “Protect Our Reef” license plate grant program for annual awarding of funds for coral research, conservation and education in the reefs of the state of Florida. 
2002-4   Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida,  Adjunct Scientist, Marine Aquaculture.
Developed and constructed fully functional marine finfish hatchery in inland Florida with 100% water recirculation systems for research, production and re-stocking purposes.
2002-4   : The Oceanic Institute, Hawaii.  Director Aquaculture Research and Development

1986 - 2001-   Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Florida.   Aquaculture Director
•    President: Ocean, Reefs and Aquariums, Worlds Largest Marine Ornamental Hatchery
•    President:  Harbor Branch Clams Inc. - Nations Largest Clam Hatchery
•    President: Harbor Branch Shrimp Inc. - Developing Indoor Recirculating Shrimp Farm
•    Designed, built and operated the 60 acre HBOI Aquaculture Development Park, the world's only water recirculating park. The park includes ACTED, the Aquaculture Center for Training, Education and Demonstration, where hundreds of people have trained in aquaculture technologies.
•    Credited with the research and development of clam farming technologies in Florida, directing the training programs and designing and operating one of the nation's largest hatcheries for retraining displaced fisherman and seafood workers.
•    Recent endeavors include the development of cost-effective indoor recirculating systems for cultivating shrimp in freshwater.
•    Combined research, education, and training expertise, in order to develop and direct programs, which can creatively provide for their own financial support.
•    Addressed critical technology needs for research and then developed and directly applied them as education and demonstration tools. These pilot-scale research projects have been expanded to commercial scale, to provide critical resources for the industry end-user as well as financial resources for the research institution. This principle of supporting research programs using the needs of the developing industry has been creatively implemented for the advancement of both.

8 of 32 Publications, Presentations & Abstracts

Vaughan, D. E., Antonieto Tan Tiu, Kimon T. Bird and Thomas C. Chiles. 1989. Influence of Temperature on Chemical Composition of Tropical Microalgal Species. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society.
Vaughan, D.E., L. Creswell and L. Sturmer. 1990. Aquaculture technology transfer to the oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay, Florida. J World Aquaculture Society 21(4).
Vaughan, D.E., E. Quesenberry, J. Scarpa and M. Ednoff. 1997. Florida Shellfish Culture Training Programs and Their Benefits. Journal of Shellfish Research 16: 277.
Vaughan, D.E.  2003. The Design and Development of Large-Scale Recirculating Shellfish Culture Systems.  Presentation: Aquaculture Engineering Society. Washington
Davis, M.,  Main, K., Vaughan, D. and Creswell, L. 2000. Aquaculture in the Bahamas: A New Outlook. Report submitted to the Bahamas Government, 78p.
Main, K.,  K., Leber, Vaughan, D.  2006, Developing Culture techniques to conserve coral reefs in the Florida Keys.
Leber, K., et. al. (D.Vaughan).  2008, 2009, Developing restoration methods to aid recovery of a key herbivore on Florida coral reefs- progress reports
Main, K., Ritchie, K., Vaughan, D.  2009.  Conservation of Florida’s coral reefs through controlled propagation. Year 3 final report.
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