The Woods lab has been involved in fish reproductive physiology for the past 25 years and cryobiology and gamete quality since 1999. The Woods lab is investigating potential solutions to problems related to the development of quality gametes by captive and domestic fish. Biotechnical, molecular and genetic advances are used in the development of brood stocks with improved reproductive efficacy in wild, captive and domesticated fish species of importance.
Striped bass selection for marine aquaculture. 2013-2016.
Functional genomics for spermatozoa of striped bass: Implications for male fish fertility. 2015-2016.
Current research in the Woods Lab focuses on the improved reproduction of captive and domesticated fish species and the evaluation of gamete quality from species of importance to the U.S. aquaculture industry.
A 4000 square foot wet lab, located in Campus Building #886, utilizes recirculation aquaculture system (RAS) technology to provide optimal environmental conditions for diverse fish species. Three RAS systems provide a total volume of 75,000 liters for aquaculture research. An additional 600 square foot dry lab adjoins the wet lab and is equipped to support finfish gamete quality and cyrobiology research. An additional 600 square foot dry lab adjoins the wet lab and is equipped to support the finfish genetic improvement, gamete quality assessment and cryobiology research of the lab.
A recirculating aquaculture system and tank field that allows up to 20 students per class, is located in Room 0104 of the Animal Science Center, to support Dr. Woods’ hands-on, Scholarship in Practice course: Introduction to Aquaculture (ANSC 255).