Recently, Kevin Neves, along with two other BGSU faculty members, were awarded a $212,000 Sea Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to improve consumer acceptance of the aquaponics system. The grant work will span two years.
Neves will work alongside Jonathan Kershaw, assistant professor in the Department of Public and Allied Health, and Fei Weisstein, associate professor in the Department of Marketing.
BGSU encourages faculty to work together on numerous projects and research opportunities, spanning outside their normal classwork. This opportunity is significant because it combines faculty members from three colleges.
The partnership began between Neves and Kershaw, who specializes in food and nutrition. Neves was invited to the Food and Nutrition Symposium to speak about aquaponics and got connected with Kershaw to help with sensory testing of the final crop. After working together as co-advisers for a Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS) grant, Neves found the NOAA grant as another opportunity to expand the aquaponics system and work with Kershaw again.