Yuanzi Huo, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in IMTA Aquaculture

Research Areas

  • Seaweed and Invertebrate (Restorative) Aquaculture, Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)


  • B.A., Aquaculture, Dalian Ocean University, Dalian, China
  • M.S., Hydrobiology, Dalian Ocean University, Dalian, China
  • Ph.D., Marine Biology, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Marine Biology, Qingdao, China

Professional Activities

  •  Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, Member
  • World Aquaculture Society, Member
  • Phycological Society of America, Member
  • US Aquaculture Society, Member
  • National Shellfisheries Association, Member

University Affiliations

  • Assistant and Associate Professor, Shanghai Ocean University, China (2008 to 2018)

Yuanzi Huo received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Aquaculture and Hydrobiology from the Dalian Ocean University, Dalian China, in 2002 and 2005, respectively, and he received his PhD in Marine Biology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao China, in 2008. Following that, he was an assistant and associate professor working at the Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU), Shanghai, China, focusing on research fields of seaweed aquaculture, seaweed and marine environment, and Integrated Mul-Trophic Aquaculture systems. From 2015 to 2016, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Connecticut working on green macroalgae physiology and ecology, and from 2018 to 2019, he was a visiting scientist at the University of Maryland, and from 2020 to 2021, he was a Research Scientist at the University of Florida working on shellfish aquaculture and molluscan larval cryopreservation. Since Nov 2021, he joined Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and has since been focused on Seaweed and Invertebrate (Restorative) Aquaculture with an emphasis on Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA)

Selected Publications

Huo, Y.Z., Zhang, J.H., Xu, S.N., Tian, Q.T, Zhang, Y.J., He, P.M. 2011. Effects of seaweed Gracilaria verrucosa on the growth of microalgae: A case study in the laboratory and in an enclosed sea of Hangzhou Bay, China. Harmful Algae, 10: 411–418.

Huo, Y.Z., Xu, S.N., Wang, Y.Y., Zhang, J.H., Zhang, Y.J., Wu, W.N., Chen, Y.Q., He, P.M. *2011.. Bioremediation efficiencies of Gracilaria verrucosa cultivated in an enclosed sea area of Hangzhou Bay, China. Journal of Applied Phycology, 23:173–182.

Huo, Y.Z., Wu, H.L., Cai, Z.Y., Xu, S.N., Han, F., Dong, L., He, P.M.*. 2012. Bioremediation efficiency of Gracilaria verrucosa for an integrated multi-trophic aquaculture system with Pseudosciaena crocea in Xiangshan harbor, China. Aquaculture, 326–329: 99–105.

Wei, Z.L., You, J.G., Wu, H.L., Yang, F.F., Long, L.J.,Liu, Q., Huo, Y.Z.*, He, P.M. 2017. Bioremediation using Gracilaria lemaneiformis to manage the nitrogen and phosphorous balance in an integrated multi-trophic aquaculture system in Yantian Bay, China. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 121, 313–319.

Wei, Z.L., Huo, Y.Z.*, Liu, Q., Yang, F.F., Long, L.J., Bi, H.S., Fan, C.L., He, P.M. 2019. Field scale evaluation of Gracilaria lemaneiformis co-cultured with Crassostrea gigas as a bioremediation strategy in Yantian Bay, China. Algal Research, 38,101–407.

Wu, H.L.1, Huo, Y.Z.1, Hu, M., Wei, Z.L., He, P.M.* 2015. Eutrophication assessment and bioremediation strategy using seaweeds co-cultured with aquatic animals in an enclosed bay, China. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 95:342–349.

Huo, Y.Z.*, Wei, Z.L., Liu, Q., Yang, F.F., Long, L.J., He, Q., He, P.M. 2018. Distribution and controlling factors of phytoplankton assemblages associated with mariculture in an eutrophic enclosed bay in the East China Sea. Acta Oceanologica Sinica, 37(8): 102–112.

Huo, Y.Z.*, Kim, J.K., Yarish, C.*, Augyte, S., Zhang, J.H., He, P.M. 2021. Responses of the germination and growth of Ulva prolifera parthenogametes to gradients of temperature and light. Aquatic Botany, 170, 103343.

Duan, Y.L., Yang, N., Hu, M., Wei, Z.L., Bi, H.S., Huo, Y.Z.*, He, P.M. 2019. Growth and nutrient uptake of Gracilaria lemaneiformis under different nutrient structures with implications for ecosystem services: A case study in the laboratory and in an enclosed mariculture area in East China Sea. Aquatic botany, 153, 73–80.

Liu, Q., Sun, B.,Huo, Y.Z.*, Liu, M.M., Shi, J.T., Jiang, T., Zhang, Q., Tang, C.Y., Wei, Z.L., Bi, H.S., He, P.M. 2018. Nutrient bioextraction and microalgae growth inhibition using submerged aquatic macrophyte Myriophyllum spicatum in a low salinity sea area of East China Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 127: 67-72.

Bao, Y.L., Huo, Y.Z., Duan, Y.L.*, He, P.M.*, Wu, M.Q., Yang, N., Sun, B. 2020. Growth and nutrient uptake of Myriophyllum spicatum under different nutrient conditions and its potential ecosystem services in an enclosed sea area in the East China Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 151, 110801.

Liu, Q., Liu, M.M., Zhang, Q., Bao, Y.L., Yang, N., Huo, Y.Z.*, He, P.M. 2019. Diversity of epiphytic bacterial community in a low salinity sea area of Hangzhou Bay bioremediated by Myriophyllum spicatum cultivation in the East China Sea. Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, 48(1), 43–55.

Yang, H.P., Huo, Y.Z., Yee, J., Yarish, C. 2021. Germplasm cryopreservation of macroalgae for aquaculture breeding and natural resource conservation: A review. Aquaculture, 544, 737037.

Huo, Y.Z., Yee, J., Yang, H.P. 2021. Development of a cost effective and portable aeration freezing system for germplasm cryopreservation for eastern oysters and other aquatic species. Aquaculture Research, 00, 1-14.

Yang, H.P., Huo, Y.Z. 2022. Review of molluscan larval cryopreservation and application to germplasm cryobanking and commercial seed production. Aquaculture, 547, 737491.

Yang, H.P., Huo, Y.Z., Yee, J.C., Rikard, C., Walton, W., Saillant, E. 2021. Sperm Repository for a Breeding Program of the Eastern Oyster Crassostrea virginica: Sample Collection, Processing, Cryopreservation, and Data Management Plan. Animals, 11, 2836.

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