William A. Wurts received his doctorate from Texas A&M University in 1987. Research and academics focused on aquaculture, physiology and growth biology. He received his Master of Agriculture in Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University in 1981. Dr. Wurts studied graduate medical sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas from 1975-1978. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin (1975) and was awarded memberships in the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi academic honors societies. Recent work focused on feeding practices, stabilizing water quality, and low-input, small-scale and home-use aquaculture. Past research included applied physiology with marine, freshwater, and euryhaline species as well as effects of hardness and alkalinity on copper toxicity to aquatic life. He has developed several technologies for the aquaculture industry.
As Senior State Specialist for Aquaculture at Kentucky State University, he provides education and consultation for Cooperative Extension professionals, producers, land-owners, and the public about aquaculture and pond management. As a field specialist, he designs, plans, and conducts programs with practical applications. He works to collaboratively facilitate the development of an aquaculture industry with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, government agencies, and other organizations. Areas of specialization include aquaculture, applied physiology, aquatic biochemistry/chemistry, ecosystem management, production biology and nutrition. Interests encompass sustainable aquaculture, growth biology, pond dynamics, improving systems efficiency, and water quality management.
William A. Wurts
Extension Aquaculture Specialist
1205 Hopkinsville Street
Princeton, KY 42445
Phone: 270-365-7541 ext. 200