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Standish K. Allen, Jr.

Professor of Marine Science, Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center Director

Email : [[ska]]
Phone : (804) 684-7710
Interests : shellfish genetics, oysters, aquaculture
Department : Fisheries Science
Office : Andrews Hall 441

Education
  • B.S., Franklin and Marshall College
  • M.S., University of Maine, Orono
  • Ph.D., University of Washington
Research Interests

My research interests lie in the applications of biotechnology to fisheries management and aquaculture.  Specifically, I have worked in the following areas:   chromosome set manipulation in fish and shellfish; collaborative studies in molecular genetics; cytogenetics and gametogenesis in polyploid shellfish; selection and breeding in aquaculture; genetic conservation in fisheries; and shellfish culture techniques.  My goal for the Aquaculture Genetics and Breeding Technology Center, begun December 1997, is to foster and perpetuate a balanced genetics and breeding program for aquaculture species by innovation and service to both industry and academia.

Current Projects
  • Documentation and genetic analysis of reversion in triploid Pacific oysters, Crassostrea gigas, and their use for population control.
  • Comparison of disease resistant stocks of C. virginica across environments in the mid-Atlantic region (CROSBreed).
  • Commercialization of tetraploid oysters and development of tetraploid strains.
Selected Publications
  • Allen, Jr., S.K.  1996.  Commercial applications of bivalve genetics:   not a solo effort.  World Aquaculture Magazine 29(1).
  • Guo, X. and S.K. Allen, Jr.  1997.  Sex and meiosis in autotetraploid Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas (Thunberg).  Genome 40: 397-405.
  • Que, H., X. Guo, F. Zhang, and S.K. Allen, Jr.  1997.  Chromosome Segregation in Fertilized Eggs from Triploid Pacific Oysters, Crassostrea gigas (Thunberg), Following Inhibition of Polar Body 1.  Biol. Bull. 193: 14-19.