Ms. Suzanne Boxman, an Engineering Science PhD student at the University of South Florida has been awarded the US-Israel BARD (Binational Agricultural Research and Development) Fund Post-Doctoral Fellowship to continue her multi-trophic aquaculture systems research at the National Center for Mariculture in Eilat, Israel. The BARD fellowship will allow Suzanne to continue learning about integrated multi-trophic aquaculture systems while working with top professionals in the industry to help solve some of the major issues concerning aquaculture production.
While in Israel, Suzanne will visit the diverse landscapes spread across the country: from desert ecosystems in the south to mountains in the north, and a Mediterranean climate in the west. More specifically, Suzanne will be able to learn more about how the arid country of Israel manages its water resources. She hopes to bring back that information to the U.S. to help deal with water scarcity issues that are becoming more prominent in the U.S.
Suzanne received a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. While pursuing her master's degree in Environmental Engineering and PhD degree in Engineering Science at USF, Suzanne completed research on marine aquaculture systems with the Mote Aquaculture Research Park located in Sarasota, Florida. This research has resulted in the development of two unique aquaculture systems that, in addition to fish, produced plants for coastal restoration and new saltwater vegetables. In addition, she participated in a National Science Foundation International Research Experience for Students in the Netherlands. Suzanne has also worked as a project leader for a USF Graduate School Challenge Grant and was the Financial Officer for Engineers for a Sustainable World.
Suzanne's future career goals are to continue working within the water, nutrient and energy nexus to improve the management of natural resources as they become increasingly limited with population growth. Her plan is to gain further experience with technologies and systems that convert traditionally wasted outputs into useful products. As Suzanne states, "Ultimately, I hope to transition from researching these technologies to developing environmental policies that ensure they are implemented."
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BARD projects, conducted cooperatively by American and Israeli scientists, cover all phases of agricultural research and development, including integrated projects and strategic or applied research. BARD is empowered to fund scientists affiliated with public or not-for-profit, private entities and to encourage the exchange of agricultural scientists, engineers or other agricultural experts. During its 30 years of operation BARD has funded over 1000 projects with a total investment of more than $250 million. In addition to the United States, it is administrating collaborative research between agricultural scientists in Israel and their colleagues in Canada and Australia.