Brian Small is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science, Food and Nutrition and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Zoology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Dr. Small’s primary appointment is in the Center for Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences, also at Southern Illinois University. He received his B.A. in Marine Science from Kutztown University in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Animal and Avian Sciences, with emphases in fish culture, nutrition and physiology, from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1998. Following completion of his Ph.D., he spent two years conducting postdoctoral research in molecular endocrinology at the University of Maryland, where he focused on striped bass growth and reproductive physiology.
Prior to arriving at SIUC, Dr. Small spent ten years as a Research Physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service’s Catfish Genetics Research Unit in Stoneville, Mississippi, where he delineated the physiological mechanisms controlling commercially important traits and developed guidelines for hatchery management. With nearly 20 years research experience, his research expertise spans many facets of aquaculture and fisheries biology. Current research interests include the development of shovelnose sturgeon culture, the enhancement of fish nutrition and physiological processes regulating commercially important traits, and the control of growth, metabolism and reproduction in fish, including the delineation and regulation of hormonal signaling systems, for both aquaculture and the conservation of native fisheries.
Dr. Small is active in the World Aquaculture Society and the American Fisheries Society (AFS), and is currently serving as President of the Physiology Section of AFS. He also has been associate editor for the North American Journal of Aquaculture, served on the Reader Panel for Nature, now serves on the editorial boards of Aquaculture and Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, and has numerous peer-reviewed publications in basic and applied journals.