Kevin Stuart, M.S.

Research Scientist

Major Research Areas

Nutrition/Larval and Juvenile rearing


  • M.A., Aqualculture, Fisheries, and Wildlife Biology, Clemson University
  • B.A., Biology, University of Delaware M.S., Aquaculture, Clemson University

Current Research

  • A comparative assessment and systematic optimization of larval rearing of California yellowtail and white seabass
  • Advancement of hatchery technologies for commercial scale production of California yellowtail and yellowfin tuna

In 2000, Kevin Stuart obtained his Masters degree in aquaculture, fisheries and wildlife from Clemson University. After leaving Clemson, he began working the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) in Charleston as a research biologist. While at the SCDNR, Kevin was part of the red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) stock enhancement program, helped to initiate the black sea bass (Centropristis striata) and cobia (Rachycentron canadum) larval and juvenile rearing projects, and assisted with summer flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma) rearing. In 2003, he came to Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and has since been focused on improving larval and juvenile rearing for California yellowtail (Seriola lalandi), California halibut (Paralichthys californicus), white seabass (Atractoscion nobilis), and California sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher).

Selected Publications

Stuart, K.R.M. Keller, and M. Drawbridge. In Press.  Efficacy of formalin and povidone-iodine disinfection techniques on the eggs of three marine finfish species. Aquaculture Research.

Jirsa, D.O., M. Drawbridge, and K. Stuart. 2009. The effects of tank color and light intensity on growth, survival and stress tolerance of white seabass, Atractoscion nobilis, larvae. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 40:702-709.

Jirsa, D., M. Drawbridge, and K. Stuart. 2007. Spawning of a captive population of California sheephead, Semicossyphus pulcher. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 38:122-128.

Denson, M.R., K.R. Stuart and T.I.J. Smith., CR Weirich, and A. Segars. 2003. Effects of salinity on growth, survival, and selected hematological parameters of juvenile cobia Rachycentron canadum. Journal of World Aquaculture Society 34:496-504.

Stuart, K.R. and T.I.J. Smith. 2003. Development of nursery systems for black sea bass (Centropristis striata). Journal of World Aquaculture Society 34:359-367.

Watanabe, W.O., T.I.J. Smith, D.L. Berlinsky, C.A. Woolridge, K.R. Stuart, K.A. Copeland, and M.R. Denson.  2003.  Volitional spawning of black sea bass Centropristis striata induced with pelleted luteinizing hormone releasing hormone-analogue.  Journal of World Aquaculture Society 34:319-331.

Stuart K.R. 2000. Algal uptake by freshwater mussels. Masters Thesis, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.

Stuart K.R., A. G. Eversole, and D. E. Brune. 2000. Uptake of green and blue-green algae by freshwater mussels. World Aquaculture Society 32:105-111.

Stuart K.R., A. G. Eversole, and D. E. Brune. 1999. Effect of flow rate and temperature on the algal uptake by freshwater mussels in a dynamic system. Proceedings of the First Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society Symposium. Pp. 219-224.


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