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 Maine Marine CompositesTobias Dewhurst  Small Business hydrodynamic modeling Maine Marine Composites specializes in hydrodynamic modeling of marine systems. Our company’s skills include:

• Hydrodynamic analysis of complex marine systems using finite element methods and multi-body simulation.
• Mooring system design and analysis.
• Advanced hydrodynamics simulation using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
• Ship and barge seakeeping and stability analysis.
• Motion prediction and structural analysis for ships and floating platforms.

Our engineering staff has decades of experience designing and analyzing ships, mooring systems, offshore energy devices, and systems for finfish and shellfish aquaculture. Recent projects successfully completed by MMC engineers include:

• Developing numerical models of a submersible mussel culture system and validating the modeling techniques using wave tank testing and a field study of a full-scale raft system in the ocean.
• Developing numerical tools to study marine mammal entanglement in aquaculture gear.
• Analyzing the performance of a fleet of service vessels for a large offshore aquaculture farm.
• Mooring system design and deployment of an in-stream riverine energy converter.
• Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) analysis of nonlinear flows in a wave energy converter.

MMC has analyzed and participated in the design of systems for finfish, shellfish, and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture. Our engineering staff has evaluated existing and novel concepts for mechanical, hydrodynamic, and economic feasibility, and possess the skills and experience to help develop new solutions in offshore aquaculture.


Phone: 207-774-9616

Address: 2 Portland Fish Pier STE 211, PO Box 15087, Portland, ME 04112
 Maritime Applied Physics CorporationRichard Frost  Small Business naval architecture and marine systems engineering MAPC was formed in 1986 and has a long history of engineering, prototyping, and production for government and commercial sponsors. During our formative years we built the first Navy Hydrofoil Small Waterplane Area Ship (HYSWAS), two hydrofoils, and two unmanned vessels. We are leaders in the field of unmanned vehicles and vessels, and have worked nearly continuously for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

MAPC has specific experience with the design of control systems for advanced vehicles including ground robots (DARPA contracts), hydrofoils (ONR and NAVSEA contracts), passenger vessel motion reduction systems (commercial contracts), rudder and autopilot systems (Hyundai Heavy Industries), watercraft launch and recovery systems (General Dynamics), shipboard machinery systems (General Dynamics) and UAV launch and recovery systems (NAVSEA and AAI Textron). We have an excellent capability to perform dynamic simulations of control problems and to design and implement digital control systems for these projects. We have built and supplied inertial navigation systems and robotic control systems for DARPA on land, air, and sea vehicles. We have built electric automobiles for Daimler Chrysler, the USAF and the Fish and Wildlife Service. We have designed and built hybrid electric drive systems for marine vehicles under U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research (ONR) contracts, and we have worked on a wide variety of other systems for various DOD sponsors.


Phone: 2078376175 x203

Address: 9 Industrial Parkway, Brunswick, ME 04011
 Bowdoin CollegeDavid Carlon  Academic genomics I am interested in the key ecological and evolutionary processes that control the structure, function, and diversity of marine systems. My training includes a PhD from the University of New Hampshire in marine ecology, and molecular ecology postdocs at U. C. Davis and the University of Southern California. My current position at Bowdoin College includes the Director of the Coastal Studies Center (CSC) on Harpswell Sound, strategically located in the rapidly changing Gulf of Maine. The CSC offers an ideal site for both basic and applied research in the development of new aquaculture systems. With NSF funding, we are building an experimental seawater laboratory that will allow users to precisely control climate change variables in flowing seawater. A pier mounted sensor array, will provide measurements of pCO2, pH, etc. for realistic experimental designs that represent current and predicted coastal marine environments. Climate change is exerting an enormous selective gradient on natural populations. My research at Bowdoin College leverages the CSC’s geographic position, combining fieldwork, laboratory experimentation, and genomic data to understand how rapid change in marine environments will affect species with major economic value and ecological importance. Quantitative genetics provides a framework to predict how populations will respond to new selection pressures, and to understand the genetic architecture of traits that reduce physiological stress. Yet for many fishery or aquaculture species the laboratory crosses of traditional quantitative genetics are impossible or impractical. A solution is to link natural genetic variation in the wild with next generation sequencing approaches to uncover hidden natural variation that is key to the climate change response. My colleagues and I have been exploiting a hybrid zone in the Gulf of Maine between 2 blue mussels: Mytilus edulis X Mytilus trossolus, as a model system to identify the genes that determine calcification rates. Our approach is to subject wild caught mussels to simulated climate change in the lab and use the individual variation in the stress response as a stress phenotype. Genotype by sequencing approaches, combined with gene expression profiles, provide the data to identify genomic regions linked to stress phenotypes.


Phone: (207) 798-4363

Address: Bowdoin College 6500 College Station Brunswick, Maine 04011 USA
 Sea Plants Solutions LLCTim Visi  Small Business macroalgae cultivation Marine Fisheries Biologist for NMFS. From 2002 to 2008; managed, research & developed sustainable, highly productive land based (4,800 sqft) macroalgae specialized tank system at NOAA/NMNFS NW Fisheries Science lab in Manchester, WA; phyto-remediating aquaculture effluent. I grew 143-metric tons while phyto-remediating 206-million gallons of eutrophic aquaculture effluent.

From 2009 to 2011; I designed & developed the "full environmentally controlled" SSTC-System (Synergistic Sustainable Tumble Culture System) from 2,400sqft greenhouse that attained exemptions from all regulatory agencies from the county, state & federal level. This was placed on Sequim Bay, WA in which we remediated 8-million gallons of water out of the eutrophic watershed. (Our website is a good source for our research & development info).

I have researched, developed & grew nine species of macroalgae (so far) iincluding 3-species of kelp in specialized tanks. In 2013; I re-designed the SSTC-System greenhouse into more versatile & movable modular SSTC-System structures that can be integrated into the smallest footprint (160 sqft) while still able to grow at least 1,000 Lbs/month of organic certified sea vegetables & biomass, while remediating at least 7,200 gpd of eutrophic source water. Our larger 424 sqft modular can grow 2,500Lbs/month & remedaite 35,000 gpd of eutrophic water.

In addition; we have been able to re-design the SSTC-System to become more versatile by designing it to be placed on barges or ships and connected to protective & semi-protective environments where floating fish or shellfish farms are located; which utilizes large bag systems that surrounds each section of floating fish or shellfish farms; thereby lessening the eutrophic impact that normally is associated with these types of farms.

Proprietary designed & developed the SSTC-System can be manipulated in many ways to be able to work properly at any particular eutrophic marine or estuary site. For stand alone sites like eutrophic watersheds/estuaries; bays or lagoons; our systems can operate from renewable energy like solar or small wind generators. The smallest 160sqft systems require one person to maintain; medium sized modular's of 320 sqft require two people; and the larger ones of 424 sqft requires 3 people. Logistics are easier.

In 2010; we research, developed and cultivated proprietary cultivars for bio-ethanol & bio-energy feed stock; and organic certified carrageenan.


Phone: (360)-670-3246

Address: 938 Water Street # 302
 SRI InternationalBarbara Heydorn  Non-Profit sensor development and deployment in marine environments SRI International’s Sensing and Domain Awareness (SDA) laboratory specializes in the development of in situ spectral-based instrumentation (remote sensing, mass spectrometry, optical spectrophotometry, Raman spectroscopy, and multi-wavelength refractometry), including nutrient sensors and a wide variety of physiochemical parameters, specialized instruments for sediment porewater analysis (patent pending), and algorithms to obtain near real time actionable information for commercial and government clients. SDA engineers use a full suite of modeling software that facilitates 3-D mechanical design, optical design, circuit board design, ray tracing, and finite element method software to support instrument development activities. SRI marine scientists offer expertise in chemical, biological and physical oceanography and have extensive at-sea experience. Headquartered in a 38,000 square-foot facility at the Port of St. Petersburg on Bayboro Harbor, facilities include 14,000 square feet of chemistry, optical, electronic, and fabrication laboratories, and a state-of-the-art laboratory for developing and testing in situ sensors and unmanned surface and underwater vehicles. Staff are familiar with Florida’s permitting requirements for field testing. Facilities and capabilities at other SRI locations include a wave tank and expertise in engineering, robotics, genetic tools, and computational modeling. SRI’s staff of 2,100 work in partnership with clients to invent, scale-up and commercialize promising technologies developed by SRI, brought to us by clients, or developed in partnership with clients.


Phone: 650 859 5717

Address: 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025
 KNOCEAN Sciences, Inc.Tony Copp  Small Business macroalgae cultivation Our team already has exclusive lease control of the largest and most productive Kelp Bed Lease in the United States off California and we can provide any volume of needed Giant Kelp to use for the project of Methane Mitigation solutions in Livestock. We have the state of the art marine macroalgae experts, published, and world renowned to work on this, and we will need funding to provide these new services. We have other proprietary technologies that may also be helpful not know to the funded participants.

We are vertically integrated, so harvesting Giant Kelp is just one part of our business process, and have focused on other new applications with Giant Kelp beyond livestock and methane targets but can easily successfully support that. Our activity is in California and Texas.


Phone: 214-738-7973

Address: 6614 Dartbrook Drive, Dallas, TX 75254
 Colorado State UniversityJason Quinn  Academic other Have expertise in economic and life cycle assessment applied to bioenergy with extensive work in microalgae. Interested in supporting projects from the sustainability side of things. Previous work has focused on development of system models that enable targeted R&D on the metrics of economic viability and environmental impact. Have extensive biomass conversion and fuel characterization capabilities.


Phone: 970581-7992

Address: 1374 campus delivery, fort collins, co 80524-1374
 Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of AlaskaMyrna Gardner  Indian/Native American Tribal Government marine logistics The Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Central Council) is a federally recognized Indian Tribe that serves 20 villages and communities that are spread over 43,000 square miles within the Alaska Panhandle. The Tlingit and Haida community is among the largest, most isolated, and most geographically dispersed Native or Tribal populations nationwide. Central Council was created by the Jurisdictional Act of 1935, when it sought federal recognition for the purpose of pursuing Tlingit and Haida land claims in Federal court. The Act was amended in 1965, to formally recognize Central Council as the federally recognized governing body of the Tribes. Central Council provide services to 23,000 citizens of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes. Each of these Tribes has a distinct culture, including their own language and traditions. Tlingit people traditionally lived furthest north, and the Haida people inhabited the Prince of Wales Island area. Over 16,000 citizens of this population reside in Southeast Alaska, with the remainder residing in the lower 48 states. Over 20% (3,200 individuals) of this total service population lives in the Juneau area, with the remaining 80% (12,800 individuals) residing within villages throughout the Southeast Alaska region.
Central Council has a government-to-government relationship with the United States. This relationships allows for agencies to enter into Cooperative Agreements, Grants, or Procurement Contracts with the tribe. Central Council’s administrative structure and methods of conducting business are well developed and sufficient for managing numerous and diverse programs. The line of authority is clearly established and the levels of policy-making is defined. Central Council has a solid track record of political stability and self-governance. The tribe has zero audit findings for many years.
Central Council presently operates over 50 programs providing direct services to community members in the areas of public safety, social services, economic development, housing, education, youth and elder’s services, and substance abuse. The Tribe employs over 200 staff and operates an annual budget of 27 million dollars. We have offices and contacts in each community.
Our citizens have been in the maritime industry throughout the 43,000 square miles of Southeast Alaska for over 10,000 years. We have traditional knowledge that compliments advanced technology. We have resided in these coast


Phone: 907-463-7177

Address: 320 W. Willoughby Ave, Ste 300, Juneau, AK 99801
 Puget Sound Restoration FundJoth Davis  Non-Profit macroalgae cultivation The Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF) was established in 1997 to help reestablish marine organisms in the Salish Sea to former abundance. The PSRF has been primarily focused on restoration of populations of native oysters and abalone in their former habitats. More recently, the PSRF has been engaged in restoration for and research on the utilization of seaweeds in Washington State, These include efforts to restore native kelp in former habitat through direct planting of sporophytes in bottom culture. Through these projects, the PSRF has gained expertise in seaweed cultivation technologies. The PSRF has also developed in-house capacity to produce both sporophytes and the capacity to grow seaweeds to maturity, (in collaboration with Hood Canal Mariculture Inc.). Joth Davis is a principle in Hood Canal Mariculture. This more recent capacity enables the PSRF to engage in further research and development of seaweed aquaculture, including scaling the technologies to help enable large commercial entities to become engaged in seaweed aquaculture. Interest in developing seaweed aquaculture is rapidly increasing in Washington State, primarily as a result of the potential for seaweeds to provide mitigation for acidifying surface waters and the capacity for these same companies to rear shellfish, a long-term commercial activity there.


Phone: 206-799-7691

Address: 10610 NE Manitou Park Blvd., Bainbridge, WA 98110
 University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeFilipe Alberto  Academic genomics I have been involved in population genetics studies of different macroalgae and seagrass species. These include the kelp Macrocystis pyrifera (giant kelp), Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) and (Stalked kelp) Pterygophora californica. We have characterized the genetic diversity of these species across their geographic ranges in the Northeast Pacific. I am interested in using genomics to study local adaptation across the geographic range which is of utmost importance in any breeding and selection program.
I have been involved in multidisciplinary studies involving University of California (Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles) where we use remote census estimation of giant kelp and hydrodynamic modelling. We have applied these tools to study population dynamics and test metapopulation theory.

San Miguel RA. Gierke LG, Coelho N, Alberto F (2016) Population genetic structure of the Bull-Kelp. Nereocystis luetkeana. Monterey, CA. Nov. 10-13.

Johansson ML, Alberto F, Reed DC, Raimondi PT, Coelho NC, Young MA, Drake PT, Edwards CA, Cavanaugh K, Assis J, Ladah LB, Bell TW, Coyer JA, Siegel DA, Serrão EA (2015) Seascape drivers of Macrocystis pyrifera population genetic structure in the northeast Pacific. Molecular Ecology. 24, 4866–4885.

Assis J, Coelho N, Lamy T, Valero M, Alberto F, Serrão EA (2015) Deep reefs are climatic refugia for genetic diversity of marine forests. Journal of Biogeography. 43: 833–844.

Cavanaugh K, Siegel D, Raimondi P, Alberto F (2014). Patch definition in metapopulation analysis: a graph theory approach to solve the mega-patch problem. Ecology. 95(2): 316–328.


Phone: 4142294214

Address: UWM Lapham Hall 3209 N Maryland Ave
 Manna Fish Farms, Inc.Donna Lanzetta  Small Business aquaculture technology and operations Manna Fish Farms, Inc. is in the pre permit stage, awaiting permits to operate a IMTA Farm 8 miles off the southern coast of eastern Long Island. Utilizing the Aquapod, Sea Station, and other submersible cages, our plan is to farm finfish, and to integrate kelp production at our offshore ocean farm. Utilizing the Greenwave model, we will farm kelp in the ocean on submersible ropes. Our harvested kelp product will be utilized in food (wet greens, dried kelp, kelp beer), and in fish farm feed production. Our plan is commercially scalable, and our ocean site is easily accessible to the NYC major seafood markets and distribution channels. We had the pleasure of attending the ARPA-E workshop earlier in the year, and understand the importance of increasing our ocean production of kelp. The Greenwave model is proven and scalable, and our local community is anxiously awaiting the economic boost that will naturally occur as this new industry develops.


Phone: 631.653.9100

Address: 472 Montauk Highway, East Quogue, NY 11942
 Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionErin Fischell, Andone Lavery and Tim Stanton  Academic sensor development and deployment in marine environments Our group has extensive experience that would contribute toward integrated monitoring of macroalgae growth, water properties, and nearby fish and zooplankton using AUV sensing. Team members have published fundamental research on broadband acoustic scattering from marine organisms involving theory, laboratory, and ocean experiments, and have transitioned their research to three commercial products designed for quantitative assessment of marine organisms. We also provide experience on AUV payload integration, adaptive autonomy, multi-vehicle operation/collaboration and low-cost AUV navigation.


Phone: (508) 289-3062

Address: Erin Fischell, Mail Stop #11, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 266 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050
 Oregon State UniversityChris Langdon / Greg Rorrer  Academic macroalgae cultivation Oregon State University (OSU) Team (ongoing list)

Chris Langdon, Prof. Fisheries, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, email:
Research expertise: marine aquaculture
Macroalgae research: Land-based culture of the red seaweed dulse (Palmaria mollis)
Funding for macroalgae-related research: NOAA

Greg Rorrer, Professor, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, Oregon State University, email:
Research expertise: marine and algal biotechnology, bioprocess engineering
Macroalgae expertise: 1) macroalgal cell and tissue culture; 2) modeling of phototrophic biomass production in engineered cultivation systems; 3) secondary metabolites from macroalgae
Funding for macroalgae-related research: NSF, NOAA, ONR

Selected Macroalgae Publications from OSU Team:
Demetropoulos, C., and C. Langdon. 2004. Enhanced production of Pacific dulse (Palmaria mollis) for co­culture with abalone in a land­based system. Effects of seawater exchange, pH, and inorganic carbon concentration on growth. Aquaculture 235, 457­470
Langdon, C., F. Evans and C. Demetropoulos. 2004. An environmentally­sustainable, integrated, co­culture system for dulse and abalone production. Aquaculturual Engineering 32: 43­56.
Rorrer, G.L., and Cheney, D.P. 2004. Bioprocess Engineering of Cell and Tissue Cultures for Marine Seaweeds. Aquacultural Engineering 32: 11–41. Superior Paper Award by the Aquacultural Engineering Society (2006).
Polzin, J.J., and Rorrer, G.L. 2003. Halogenated Monoterpene Production by Microplantlets of the Marine Red Alga Ochtodes secundiramea within an Airlift Photobioreactor under Nutrient Medium Perfusion.” Biotechnology and Bioengineering 82: 415-428.
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Phone: 5417373370

Address: Oregon State University, School of CBEE, Corvallis, OR 98331
 FAU Harbor BranchM. Dennis Hanisak  Academic macroalgae cultivation Dr. M. Dennis Hanisak is a Research Professor at HBOI/ FAU and Director of its Marine Ecosystem Health and Education programs. He has over 30 years of experience in marine biology and ecology, with emphasis on marine plants, particularly macroalgae (seaweeds) and seagrasses. He has been cultivating macroalgae since 1977 and currently conducting research in an IMTA (intergrated Mulltitrophic Aquaculture) system. Dr. Hanisak is the author of over 75 scientific publications, a frequently invited participant at national and international meetings and workshops, a past President of the International Phycological (the study of algae) Society, and a past President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Phycological Society of America. FAU Harbor Branch's Aquaculture & Stock Enhancement Program researches and develops methods for growing finfish, shellfish and algae for food and stock enhancement that minimize production costs and maximize product quality and environmental sustainability
studies species and ecosystems that may prove amenable to restoration efforts, and the viability of restoration strategies
contributes to workforce development by serving as an aquaculture education resource.


Phone: 772-242-2306

Address: 5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL, 34946
 Regenerate MarineArchie Kasnet  Small Business macroalgae cultivation Regenerate Marine is start up located in Gloucester, MA. We have a permitted research site in Manchester, MA where we are studying Saccharina Latissima (sugar kelp) partnered with Northeastern University Marine Lab.

We are building an innovation platform in Gloucester, MA to scale solutions, fund innovative companies for ocean solutions, and address logistic issues relating to commercial scale production of the macro algae infrastructure and beyond.

We have academic and commercial partners working in the areas of phycology, plant breeding, genetics, molecular biology, green chemistry.


Phone: 8572046418

Address: 25 Overlook Ave Gloucester MA 01930
 Duke MAGIC Commercialization Analysis TeamZackary Johnson  Academic aquaculture technology and operations The Commercialization Analysis Team specializes in conducting integrated engineering assessments for marine algae production. The group consists of engineers and biologists from several universities who have collaborated within the Cornell Marine Algal Biofuels Consortium (DOE DE-EE0003371, USDA 2011-10006-30361) and the Duke Marine Algae Industrialization Consortium (DOE DE-FOA-001162). Our work has focused on developing engineering models for cultivation and processing of marine algae for fuels and other co-products, including complete techno-economic and life-cycle analyses (TEA/LCA), and extending to global integrated assessment modeling. The group includes members from Duke University, Cornell University, The University of Hawaii, Bucknell University, and Bentley University. Our work is detailed in the following peer-reviewed publications:

Greene C.H., et al., Marine Microalgae: Climate, energy, and food security from the sea, Oceanography, 2016.

Walsh M.J., et al., Algal food and fuel co-production can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while improving land and water-use efficiency, Environmental Research Letters, 2016.

Gerber L.N.H., et al., Target cultivation and financing parameters for sustainable production of fuel and feed from microalgae, Environmental Science and Technology, 2016.

Beal C.M., et al., Algal biofuel production for fuels and feed in a 100-ha facility: a comprehensive techno-economic and life cycle assessment, Algal Research, 2015.

Huntley M.E., et al., Demonstrated large-scale production of marine microalgae for fuels and feed, Algal Research, 2015.

Sills D.L., et al., Quantitative Uncertainty Analysis of Life Cycle Assessment for Algal Biofuel Production, Environmental Science and Technology, 2013.


Phone: 1-252-504-7543

Address: 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd. Beaufort, NC 28516 USA
 University of South FloridaDr. George Philippidis  Academic macroalgae cultivation Expertise in macroalgae cultivation, aquaculture operations, and hydrodynamic modeling (among the areas listed in the teaming agreement). Additional areas of expertise: microalgae cultivation (indoor and outdoor), production of bioproducts and biofuels from terrestrial and aquatic biomass, and process scale-up.


Phone: 813-974-9333

Address: 4202 E. Fowler Ave, CGS 101, Tampa, FL 33620
 Gnosys ConsultingJonathan Burbaum  Small Business other Jonathan is a former ARPA-E Program Director with 5 years experience designing, selecting, funding, and managing projects.

He is a practical strategist with a strong track record for creation and execution of imaginative strategies from energy efficiency to biotechnology. His strategies have helped both to 1) create sustainable businesses and 2) grow them to the next stage. He has worked fluently within organizations, including start-ups, established corporations, and the government, contributing in areas of tech-to-market commercialization, healthcare, techno-economic analysis and government funding.

He adds value by practical problem solving that combines both conventional and unconventional solutions. He not only builds on industry successes and best practices, he also seeks new strategies and channels. Throughout his career, he has fleshed out new markets and opportunities, attracted and negotiated funding, developed strategies and business plans under resource constraints, worked collaboratively, built highly-functional teams and virtual teams, and led these teams with an interdisciplinary approach.

Jonathan combines and leverages his strategy expertise and in-depth direct experience in executive roles, operations, and business development, and uses his complex range of skills to make strategy happen. He understands business challenges from all perspectives and formulates and executes the strategies for growth.


Phone: 8587752227

Address: San Francisco, CA
 Independent Ocean Engineering ContractorZach Moscicki  Individual naval architecture and marine systems engineering I am an ocean engineer focused on marine aquaculture system design with a passion for marine agronomy. I am eager to put my skills to use and help develop the technological systems required to make large scale marine agronomy economically viable. I personally believe in the environmental merit and economic potential of such an endeavor and am excited to help make this vision a reality.

I believe I have the experience, skills and knowledge to be an active and productive participant in your team. Throughout my past involvements (InnovaSea Systems Inc., OceanSpar LLC, Kampachi Farms LLC) and education (M.S. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan and Norwegian University of Science and Technology), I have cultivated my skills and knowledge in marine systems design & analysis, hydrodynamic modelling, marine geotechnical engineering, offshore construction practices, environmental and experimental data processing, project management, aquaculture technology, and marine equipment.

As an independent contractor, I most recently completed a hydrodynamic analysis of a proposed kelp farm in the Puget Sound region. Using the information yielded by this analysis I developed a range of mooring equipment specification sets for the farm. For this project, I consolidated scientific literature on the hydrodynamics of marine macroalgae in order to develop a macro-scale parametric model describing the hydrodynamic loading induced on any generic macroalgae cultivation system. This model can be easily adjusted to suit novel farm configurations, environmental inputs, or algae types. I believe that this model could be very useful to quickly analyze and quantitatively compare concepts for new cultivation systems that will undoubtedly emerge during any project to come out of this funding opportunity.

If you are interested in working with me please contact me. I am eager to put my skills to use towards making large scale macro algae cultivation a reality in this country. I am currently located in Seattle, WA but would be happy to interface electronically with groups elsewhere.


Phone: (617) 519-7297

Address: 1820 E John St. Unit A Seattle, WA 98112
 Auburn UniversityDavid Blersch  Academic macroalgae cultivation Auburn University faculty has extensive experience in macro algae cultivation for pollutant recovery in freshwater and marine systems alike. Faculty in departments in Biosystems Engineering, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Horticulture, Auburn University has active research projects on inland and coastal environments for small and large scale cultivation of benthic filamentous algae and macro algae for aquatic pollutant recovery and biomass production. Other faculty in Biosystems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Forestry have active research programs in biomass pretreatment, biomass conversion, and pyrolytic conversion of biomass to biofuels. Ongoing research programs in macro-scale cultivation of algae, substrate and reactor design, and reactor system optimization are continuing as well.


Phone: (334) 844-8966

Address: College of Agriculture Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station 107 Comer Hall Auburn, AL 36849
 Blue Evolution/Premium OceanicBeau Perry  Small Business macroalgae cultivation I am founder of Blue Evolution (aka Premium Oceanic) a California company with headquarters currently based in Boise. Founded in 2013, our business now grows seaweed commercially, both offshore and onshore in Alaska and Mexico. We also process high quality seawed ingredients, manufacture our own proprietary seaweed products, and retail finished goods under the Blue Evolution brand.

Blue Evolution is the leader in seaweed mariculture on the west coast of North America- we have several commercial hatcheries, growout operations and logistics networks supporting regional production. Our researchers have domesticated more than 10 new east Pacific species, with 4 already growing at scale. We are innovating new enterprise platforms across our vertically integrated supply chains, incorporating modern engineering, material science, genetics and IT.

Our future interests extend beyond food markets- and we working to develop new products for other sectors. Working with ARPA-E we see an opportunity to improve US seaweed production generally, in addition to opening the door to biofuels.


Phone: 650-714-5540

Address: 1528 S. El Camino Real, Suite 304 San Mateo CA 94402
 Alaska Department of Fish and GameWilliam Templin  State and/or Local Government genomics State agency with responsibility for permitting of resource uses relating to fish, wildlife and aquatic plants. The department has an existing genetics laboratory with extensive experience in population genetics, genomics, marker development and application, genetic effects of cultured individuals on natural populations, resource sustainability, and regulation and management of harvest.


Phone: 907.267.2234

Address: 333 Raspberry Road
 NOAA/NMFS/AFSCAndrew Gray  Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) macroalgae biology and ecology The Alaska Fisheries Science Center's (AFSC) Auke Bay Laboratories (ABL) conducts scientific research throughout Alaska on commercially marketable species and on all aspects of marine ecosystems such as ocean physics and chemistry essential to fish habitats, and the structure and functioning of marine food.

ABL has two locations suited for macro algae research. The first is the Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute (TSMRI) which serves as the headquarters of ABL. TSMRI is a "green" office and laboratory building located at Lena Point, north of downtown Juneau, Alaska. It is a 66,000 sq. ft. facility with fully equipped genetics, nutritional chemistry, and general biology laboratories. TSMRI has bench space and wet lab space with the capacity to pump 1800 gpm of filtered degassed saltwater for research purposes. The second site is the remote Little Port Walter marine station (LPW) located in SE Alaska on the southern tip of Baranof Island. LPW station has a research hatchery with circular ponds and saltwater net pens used for fish culture. The station has wetlab space with both freshwater (1200 gpm) and saltwater (400 gpm) capabilities, and housing for visiting scientists.

NOAA/AFSC supports cooperative research agreements between Federal agencies, tribes, and private organizations. We are located in Alaska, a state with high potential for macro algae production, and we are look forward to partnering with others to investigate energy related macro algae research.


Phone: 9077896047, 9077896029

Address: 17109 Pt Lena Loop Rd.
 University of South FloridaChuanmin Hu  Academic satellite imaging and remote sensing Chuanmin Hu is a professor of optical oceanography at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science. He obtained his PhD from the physics department of University of Miami in 1997. He has > 20 years of experience in ocean optics and optical remote sensing, and has published > 200 refereed articles to study phytoplankton blooms, ocean pollution, coastal water quality, and ocean changes in response to climate variability and human impacts. His effort led to the conceptual change in mapping water column chlorophyll concentrations in global oceans, which has become the NASA and NOAA standards in ocean color remote sensing of global open oceans. He is currently a member of NASA’s MODIS and VIIRS ocean science teams, and also a chief editor of the journal Remote Sensing of Environment.
His expertise is in algorithm and data product development, near real-time data processing and service, and application of novel products to address environmental questions. Recently he has led the Optical Oceanography Lab to develop and maintain the Sargassum Watch System (SaWS,, which is highlighted on the cover of AGU’s EOS magazine on 15 November 2016. This work also won the USF Global Award of Outstanding Achievement in 2016. His team has published numerous papers on remote sensing techniques in mapping and quantifying macroalgae such as Sargassum and Ulva, and in mapping and quantifying oil spills.


Phone: 727-5049759

Address: 140 Seventh Avenue, South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
 Intake Works LLCDr. Tony Jones  Small Business naval architecture and marine systems engineering A group of System Engineers, Designers, Engineers, and Scientists with decades of experience in the ocean environment in application of wave attenuator, in-water defense borders and boundaries, floating running ways, marine renewable energy systems, tidal power generation systems, salinity gradient power systems, heat convection systems, intake systems, upwelling systems and OTEC systems.

We have developed concepts for macroalgae development for offshore sites.


Phone: 9169903699

Address: 5201 San Francisco Blvd., Sacramento, CA
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