Michael Tlusty, PhD

Michael Tlusty

Michael Tlusty, PhD is the director of ocean sustainability science at the New England Aquarium, and a research faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His work at the Aquarium is focused on developing sustainable aquaculture, and determining the proper balance between aquaculture and wild fisheries, as well as determining the role of seafood in the larger issue of protein consumption. Much of Michael’s work in seafood is working with certification systems to improve them, and has recently published the first theoretical model for how certification can improve seafood production. He currently sits on the Global Aquaculture Alliance Standards Oversight Committee, the Technical Advisory Group for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, and the Process and Benchmark Expert Working Group for the Global Seafood Sustainability Initiative. In addition to seafood, Michael carries out assessments of the ornamental fish trade (which mirror many of the benefits and challenges of seafood), and conducts research on the multifactoral nature of bacterial diseases in crustaceans. Michael was born near Chicago, Illinois. He has a BS in Animal Science from University of Illinois, and a PhD in Biology from Syracuse University. (Boston, MA)