Dr. Ron Hardy
Director of the University of Idaho’s Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station & the University of Idaho’s Aquaculture Research Institute
Dr. Ron Hardy is director of the University of Idaho (UI)’s Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station and director of the UI’s Aquaculture Research Institute. Prior to joining the University of Idaho in 1996, he was a research professor at the University of Washington School of Fisheries and a supervisory researcher at NOAA Fisheries. He was chairman of the National Research Council committee to revise the “Nutrient Requirements of Fish and Shrimp” bulletin and is the author or co-author of more than 250 scientific publications, articles and extension products, including Fish Nutrition, 3rd Edition (co-author), the leading text on the topic worldwide. He is editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Aquaculture Research and serves on the editorial boards of Aquaculture, Aquaculture Nutrition, Reviews in Fisheries Sciences and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Hardy has served in numerous leadership roles for the World Aquaculture Society, the Committee on Animal Nutrition, National Research Council, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to advise the secretary of agriculture. He is currently chair of the International Scientific Committee on Fish Nutrition and Feeding, which organizes and oversees a bi-annual international symposium, and chair of the Western Regional Aquaculture Center board. He received an award in 2011 from the University of Idaho for receiving a patent for a process to concentrate protein in grains. As director of the Aquaculture Research Institute, he oversees the activities of 40 scientists and staff, most of whom are supported by research grants for which he is responsible, in collaborative partnerships with the USDA/ARS and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. His primary research interests include developing sustainable feed sources for the global aquaculture industry and applying genomic technologies to fisheries research. He works on salmon and steelhead hatchery and recovery issues in the Pacific Northwest with state and federal agencies, and Native American tribes. He collaborates with scientists in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and has travelled extensively to consult with private industry, lecture and work on behalf of national and international governmental and non-profit organizations. Hardy received his bachelor’s in zoology and his Ph.D. in fisheries from the University of Washington and his master’s in animal sciences and nutrition from Washington State University.