Kevin is an international expert on sustainable aquaculture and aquaculture in international development. Since 1981, his research and extension work at the University of Arizona has focused on improving the sustainability of the aquaculture industry. He has been a leader in the development of the tilapia farming industry on a worldwide basis. Dr. Fitzsimmons received grants to work on the aquaculture display at The Land, EPCOT Center, Disney World, led the food production design and planning for BioSphere 2, and was a PI on multiple projects with the Aquaculture CRSP/Innovation Lab.
In 2017, he was awarded his second Fulbright Fellowship, a research grant working on commercialization of alternative ingredients for aquaculture feeds with three Universities in Southeast Asia. In addition to his Arizona faculty position he is currently acting as the Team Leader for a four-year EU sponsored project “Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Project” MYSAP. He is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor with the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok and a visiting Professor at KAUST University in Saudi Arabia and Yangon University in Myanmar. Kevin also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Monterey Bay Aquarium – Seafood Watch program and its associated Southeast Asia Fisheries and Aquaculture Initiative. Dr. Fitzsimmons is also a co-founder and judge for the F3 Future of Fish Feeds Initiative and their associated F3 Challenges. These related efforts are all devoted to improving the commercial and environmental sustainability of farmed seafood and encouraging markets to support producers and their high-quality seafood products across the value chain. He actively advises in these areas.
Kevin's education includes: BS, University of Arizona, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; MS, University of West Florida, Marine Biology; PhD. University of Arizona, Wildlife and Fisheries.
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