Michael Acquafredda

Graduate Student

71 Dudley Rd
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room 304

Michael Acquafredda

Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in studying aquaculture and it's impacts on local ecosystems. As a first year PhD student, the details of my dissertation have yet to be solidified. However, I would like to study the development of innovative and sustainable aquaculture practices that can be beneficial to both farmers and aquatic ecosystem. My PI is Dr. Daphne Munroe.

Short History

I first became acquainted with marine science while I conducted my Eagle Scout Project as an oyster gardener with the NY/NJ Baykeeper. I later joined the Baykeeper as a technician, facilitating their Oyster Restoration Program.

I attended Tufts University, where I graduated with a BS in Biology. Here, I conducted three years of independent research in two different laboratories. I first worked in an organogenesis lab, developing a repertoire of molecular techniques. I created a disease model for studying human heart disease in the African claw-toed frog, Xenopus laevis. Through my coursework, I became more aware of the state of the world's fisheries, which rejuvenated my passion for marine biology. I joined a marine invertebrate lab, where I expanded my knowledge of culturing invertebrates and aquatic ecology. I studied the effects of hypoxia on the embryonic development of the marine polychaete, Capitella teleta.


  • 2015, BS Biology, summa cum laude, Tufts University
  • 2015-present, PhD student, Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University