M. Acquafredda
Michael Acquafredda
Doctoral Candidate (Munroe)
Phone: (732) 275-2793
Mailing Address:
  Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory
  6959 Miller Avenue
  Port Norris, NJ  08349 USA


B.S. 2015 Tufts University, Biology summa cum laude
Ph.D. expected 2020 Rutgers University

Research Interests

I'm interested in expanding aquaculture opportunities through ecologically-sound diversification. Currently, I’m studying numerous aspects of Atlantic surfclam (Spisula solidissima) aquaculture with the intention of developing methods that can be utilized by bivalve farmers to help diversify the Northeast’s aquaculture sector. I’m also investigating whether heat tolerance is a heritable trait in the surfclam since this species is vulnerable to high temperature conditions that will be exacerbated by climate change. Finally, I’m assessing the viability of bivalve polyculture in the context of a commercial bivalve farm by investigating the relationships between species richness and two metrics of ecosystem functioning: community particle clearance rate and productivity (biomass growth).

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Selected Publications

Acquafredda, M. P., X. Guo, & D. M. Munroe. (2021). Exploring the feasibility of selectively Bbeeding farmed Atlantic surfclams Spisula solidissima for greater heat tolerance. North American Journal of Aquaculture, 83 3-14. DOI: 10.1002/naaq.10168

Birthisel, S. K., B. A. Eastman, A. R. Soucy, M. Paul, R. S. Clements, A. White, M. P. Acquafredda, W. Errickson, L-H Zhu, , M. C. Allen, S. A. Mills, G. Dimmig, & K. M. Dittmer. (2020). Convergence, continuity, and community: a framework for enabling emerging leaders to build climate solutions in agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture. Climatic Change. Advance online publication, 1-15. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-020-02844-w -or- Full article

Acquafredda, M. P., & D. M. Munroe. (2020). The effect of species diversity on particle clearance and productivity in farmed bivalves. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 639, 107-126. DOI: 10.3354/meps13266 -or- Full article

Acquafredda, M. P., D. M. Munroe, L. Calvo, & M. DeLuca. (2019). The effect of rearing temperature on survival and growth of early juvenile Atlantic surfclams (Spisula solidissima). Aquaculture Reports, 13: 100176. DOI: 10.1016/j.aqrep.2018.100176

Pechenik, J. A., O. Chaparro, A. Pilnick, M. Karp, M. P. Acquafredda, & R. Burns. (2016). Effects of embryonic exposure to salinity stress or hypoxia on post-metamorphic growth and survival of the polychaete Capitella teleta. Biological Bulletin, 231 (2), 103–112. DOI: 10.1086/690090

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