Dr. Steven D. Mims is a Professor (tenured) and Principal Investigator for the Division of Aquaculture. He received his B.S. degree in Biology emphasis in Fisheries Management at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond in 1982 and his M.S. and Ph.D. at Auburn University, AL in 1984 and 1991, respectively. He teaches AQU 412/512 Fish Morphology and Physiology, and AQU 427/527 lab Fish Reproduction and Spawning Techniques. Dr. Mims is developing a video-based online Fisheries Management course.
His research career has centered on the development of paddlefish for the aquaculture industry. His expertise includes reproductive biology (i.e. gynogenesis, sex reversal and cryopreservation), production systems (pond culture, reservoir ranching, and reuse of wastewater treatment facilities), processing and marketing.
Dr. Mims has developed international collaborations with scientists in China, France, Hungary, Czech Republic, Israel, Ukraine, and Russia. He is currently writing a book on aquaculture of paddlefish with Dr. William Shelton, University of Oklahoma, as co-editor. Dr. Mims is active at the grass-roots level assisting in the development of reservoir ranching with over 2,000 acres of paddlefish stocked for meat and caviar production as well as in reusing decommissioned water facilities as hatcheries for expanding the regional aquaculture industry. Visit www.paddlefishfarming.net.
Steven D. Mims, Ph.D.
Professor and Principal Investigator for Aquaculture
Aquaculture Research Center
103 Athletic Road
Frankfort, KY 40601