Bauer Duke has been appointed as an Extension aquaculture specialist with the Aquaculture/Fisheries Center of Excellence at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. In this position, he will provide Extension educational programming to high school teachers who wish to integrate aquaculture into their curricula, to water gardening enthusiasts and to the commercial aquaculture industry.
“More and more high school teachers in Arkansas are finding that students are drawn to working with fish in aquaculture production systems in the classroom,” said Carole Engle, director of the Aquaculture/Fisheries Center of Excellence. “To be successful raising fish and plants, the students must learn and understand a wide variety of biology, chemistry, physics, math and engineering skills. Thus, hands-on fish production systems are an excellent way for students to experience the relevance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines.
Duke joined the Aquaculture/Fisheries Department in 1997 as manager of the Aquaculture Research Station where he maintained 113 research ponds and several research buildings, coordinated research facilities and activities and provided public awareness through station tours and events open to the public. During that time he worked with the Department’s teaching faculty, researchers and Extension specialists.
“We are pleased to add Bauer to our team of Extension aquaculture specialists,” Engle said. “He brings a broad set of expertise to the position and has successfully provided technical support and training on fish production systems to more than 60 high schools in the state.”
Duke received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Arizona State University. He began his career in aquaculture working with tilapia in the Central African Republic. He received a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and worked for two years in Mali as an aquaculture consultant to various organizations including the Peace Corps, World Vision and Africaire.
Duke returned to the United States to work on a tilapia farm in California in 1993 where he served as hatchery manager. He also has provided volunteer aquaculture services in Bangladesh, Haiti, Zambia and Kenya.
Duke is a member of the World Aquaculture Society, the Aquacultural Engineering Society and Catfish Farmers of Arkansas. His awards include the Catfish Farmers of Arkansas Service Award and the President’s Volunteer Service Award.