Aquaculture in Delta Areas professor
Professor Emeritus Dr Aad Smaal is the lector Aquaculture in Delta Areas. His research focuses on the role of shellfish in the ecosystem and the many functions they perform. This is not only about cultivating and harvesting, but also about their role in water management and nature management. In addition, oysters are considered the bio-builders for coastal defence.
After studying Biology at the VU University Amsterdam, Aad joined TNO in Delft. In 1980 he moved to the environmental department of the Delta Service of Rijkswaterstaat in Middelburg. At the “Rijks Instituut voor Kust en Zee” (National Institute for Coast and Sea) he was, among others, the Head of the Biology subsection.
In 1997 he defended his dissertation at the University of Groningen and became the Head of the Aquaculture department of the RIVO in Yerseke. In 2007, he was appointed extraordinary professor of sustainable shellfish culture at Wageningen University. Until 2017 he worked as a senior researcher at Wageningen Marine Research in Yerseke.
In addition to his work as a researcher, Aad has been a member of the board of directors of the European Aquaculture Society and received the honoured life member award from the National Shellfish Association of the USA in 2017. He has also been a member of the Advisory Board of the Delta Academy of HZ University of Applied Sciences and now is still the vice-president of the “Zilte Academie Zeeland” (Saline Academy Zeeland).
The research that Aad Smaal is conducting as the lector of the research group has been published in over 80 scientific articles and reports on research projects. At the beginning of 2019, the book “Goods and Services of Marine Bivalves” was published, which was written under Aad’s leadership. The book can be downloaded free of charge from the Springer publishing website.