Biographical Sketch for David Bushek

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Biographical Sketch for David Bushek

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

6959 Miller Avenue, Port Norris, NJ 08349

Ph: (856) 785-0074 x4327 Fax: (856) 785-1544



Professional Preparation

Ohio State University Columbus, OH Zoology B.S. 1984

University of Houston Houston, TX Biology M.S. 1987

Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ Ecology and Evolution Ph.D. 1994

2011- present Director, Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, Port Norris, NJ

2003- present Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2003- present Adjunct Assistant Professor of Marine Science and Baruch Associate, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

1998 - 2004 Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Dept of Marine Science, Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC

1996 - 2003 Adjunct Faculty Member, Graduate Program in Marine Biology, University of Charleston, Charleston, SC

1994 - 2003 Assistant Director, Baruch Marine Field Laboratory, Research Assistant/Associate Professor, Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research, University of South Carolina, Georgetown, SC
Five Relevant Publications (of 55 peer-reviewed, 26 technical reports, 11 other)

Zarnoch, C.B., J.N. Kraeuter, B.F. Beal, V. M. Bricelj, G. Flimlin and D. Bushek. 2015. Geographic origin and culture method influence the overwinter mortality of juvenile hard clams, Mercenaria mercenaria (L.). Aquaculture, 440: 48–59.

Bushek, D., S.E. Ford and I. Burt. 2012. Long-term patterns of an estuarine pathogen along a salinity gradient. J. Marine Research, 70(2-3):225-251.

Taylor, J. and D Bushek. 2008. Intertidal oyster reefs can persist and function in a temperate North American Atlantic estuary. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 361:301-306.

Coen LD, R.D. Brumbaugh, D. Bushek, R. Grizzle, M.W. Luckenbach, M.H. Posey, S.P. Powers, G.S. Tolley. 2007. AS WE SEE IT: Ecosystem services related to oyster restoration. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 341:303-307

Whalen, L., D. Kreeger, D. Bushek and J. Moody. 2012. Strategic Planning for Living Shorelines in the Delaware Estuary. National Wetlands Newsletter, 34(6):14-19.

Five Other Significant Publications

Ford, S.E. and D. Bushek. 2012. Development of resistance to an introduced marine pathogen by a native host. J. Marine Research, 70(2-3):205-223.

Ford, S.E., E. Scarpa and D. Bushek. 2012. Spatial and temporal variability of disease refuges in an estuary: implications for the development of resistance. J. Marine Research, 70(2-3):253-277.

Kraeuter J.N., S.E. Ford, D. Bushek, E. Scarpa, W.C. Walton, D.C. Murphy, G. Flimlin and G. Mathis. 2011. Evaluation of three northern quahog (=hard clam) Mercenaria mercenaria (Linnaeus) strains grown in Massachusetts and New Jersey for QPX-resistance. J. Shellfish Research, 30(3):805-812.

Powell, E.N., J. Klink, X. Guo, E. Hofmann, S.E. Ford and D. Bushek. 2011. Can oysters (Crassostrea virginica) develop resistance to dermo disease in the field: Evaluation using a gene-based population dynamics model. J. Shellfish Research. 30(3):685-712

Hofmann, E., D. Bushek, S. Ford, X. Guo, D. Haidvogel, D. Hedgecock, J. Klinck, C. Milbury, D. Narvaez, E. Powell, Y. Wang, Z. Wang, J. Wilkin, L. Zhang. 2009. Understanding How Disease and Environment Combine to Structure Resistance in Estuarine Bivalve Populations. Oceanography 22(12):212-231.

Synergistic Activities

  • CoPI and host with R Carnegie (VIMS) of three East Coast Molluscan Health Workshops (to date) in Sept and December 2014 and January 2015 to develop organizational structure to facilitate shellfish transfers among states while minimizing health risks

  • Participation in regional, national and international workshops: Delaware Bay Oyster Stock Assessments since 2004; International Conference on Shellfish Restoration since 1996; Workshop on Perkinsus, Vigo, Spain 2006, Crassostrea ariakensis Introduction to Chesapeake Bay, Dec. 2003; NATO Adv Research Workshop, Nida, Lithuania, Oct. 2003

  • Active in professional societies, serving as President (2008-9), Vice President (2000-1), Treasurer (2001-4) in the National Shellfisheries Association.

  • Consulting and advising regulatory agencies and private research and aquaculture companies: NJ Aquaculture Advisory Committee, Delaware Bay Oyster Stock Assessment Review Committee, Delaware Bay Oyster Industry Science Steering Committee, The Nature Conservancy, Hudson River Foundation; SCDNR; NJDEP; HBOI; Spinney Creek Shellfish, Inc., Elliot, ME; Research Planning Institute, Inc. Columbia, SC

Collaborators and other Affiliations

Kathryn Ashton-Alcox (Rutgers), Z Bao (Rutgers), Brian Beal (Downeast Institute), Tal Ben-Horin (Rutgers), Gorka Bidegain (ODU) Monica Bricelj (Rutgers), Iris Burt (Rutgers), Lisa Calvo (Rutgers) Ryan Carnegie (VIMS), Lynn Creekmore (USDA), Greg DeBrosse (Rutgers), Chris Dungan (MDDNR), Gef Flimlin (Rutgers), Susan Ford (Rutgers), Ed Green (Rutgers), Tom Grothues (Rutgers), Ximing Guo (Rutgers), Lori Gustafson (USDA) Dale Haidvogel (Rutgers), Yi He (Rutgers), Eileen Hofmann (ODU), Karen Hudson (VIMS), Rebecca Jones (USDA), Yongkul Kim (Univ Jackson MS), John Klinck (ODU), John Kraeuter (Rutgers), Danielle Kreeger (PDE), Richard Lathrop (Rutgers), Julia Levin (Rutgers), Paola Lopez-Duarte (Rutgers), Roger Mann (VIMS), George Matthis (Matthis Clams), Joshua Moody (Drexel), Daphne Munroe (Rutgers), Diane Murphy (WHSG), Jenny Paterno (Rutgers), Angela Padeletti (PDE), Eric Powell (Rutgers), Emily Scarpa McGurk (Rutgers), Aboozar Tabatabai (Rutgers), William Walton (Auburn), Ziren Wang (Rutgers), Amanda Wenzcel (Rutgers), Laura Whalen (PDE), John Wilkin (Rutgers), Chester Zarnoch (Baruch College)
Graduate Advisors:

PhD: Standish K. Allen, Jr., VIMS

MS: Gerard M. Wellington, University of Houston
Thesis Advisor and Post-graduate sponsor:

Post-doc: Tal Ben-Horin (Rutgers); Paola Lopez-Duarte (Rutgers)

PhD: Amanda Wenczel (NJ Dept of Ag)

MS: Jenny Paterno (Rutgers), Elizabeth Diamond (Smithsonian), Joshua Moody (Drexel), Emily Scarpa (Rutgers), Emma Green-Beach (Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group), Jaclyn Taylor (NOAA), Sean Boyd (Oyster Seed Holdings, VA), Rebecca Ellin (NOAA)

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