Scott Lindell

DSC_0115Director, Scientific Aquaculture Program

Tel: 508-289-7097      Fax: 508-289-7900
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1980
M.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1986

Scientific Aquaculture Program

Research Staff: David Bailey, Research Assistant II



My research projects are aimed at improving methods for culturing algae, shellfish and finfish in partnership with natural resource management agencies, commercial enterprises and other academic institutions. Recently funded projects include development of disease-resistant strains of oysters and hard clams, novel means of open-ocean farming of finfish and mussels, stock enhancement of surf clams, and nutrient bioextraction via shellfish and seaweed culture.


Scott Lindell is the Director of the Scientific Aquaculture Program, and formerly Manager of the Marine Resources Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory which is a 32,000 ft2 state-of-the-art facility responsible for collecting, culturing and housing a number of vertebrate and invertebrate marine organisms, as well as a center for laboratory research.  Scott has conducted aquaculture research in academic and private enterprise setting for over 25 years. Freshly out of graduate school at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1986, Scott co-founded an innovative integrated fish farm, AquaFuture, Inc in Turners Falls, MA where he was involved in all aspects of business planning and finance. He was responsible for operation of a 4,000 sq. ft. integrated fish culture/hydroponic vegetable facility and developed a patent for novel wastewater treatment technology for fish farming. The farm grew to be one of the largest indoor fish farms in the Eastern U.S., and Scott was the Scientific and Environmental Director. For over 12 years, he spearheaded research and development to enhance fish farming productivity through biotechnology included selective breeding, nutrition, and improving early larval husbandry and live transport of fish to market.

Scott grew up in California where he earned a B.A. in Biology from the University of California at Berkeley.


1. Selection for enhanced disease resistance and growth performance in oysters

2. Developing improved management practices for mussel farming in Southern New England

3. Extending the capacity and capability of longline mussel farming in Rhode Island

4. Multi-cropping shellfish and macroalgae for business and bioextraction


Lindell, S. 2013. Offshore Mussel Culture – Biologists Refine Longline Methods In New England, USA. Global Aquaculture Advocate, July/August, p. 46 – 47.

Lindell, S. and D. Leavitt, organizers and editors. 2013. Regional Offshore Mussel Farming Workshop, May 17, 2013, University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI.

G.W. O’Neil, Reddy, C. M., T. J. Goepfert,  C. A. Carmichael,   B. A. S. Van Mooy,  N. G-E Mohammady, C. P. L. Lau, and S. R. Lindell. 2012. Beyond Fatty Acid Methyl Esters: Expanding the Renewable Carbon Profile with Alkenones from Isochrysis sp. Energy and Fuels, online at :

Lindell, S., J. Kraeuter, D. Bushek, D. Murphy and E. Green-Beach. 2012. Evaluation of putatively QPX-resistant strains of northern hard clams using field studies. Journal of Shellfish Research, Vol. 31, No. 1, p. 223.

Lindell, S.R., S. Miner, C. Goudey, H. Kite-Powell, S. Page. 2012. Acoustic Conditioning and Ranching of Black Sea Bass Centropristis striata in Massachusetts, USA. In Proceedings of the 39th Scientific Symposium of the UJNR Aquaculture Panel, Kagoshima, Japan. Bull. Fish. Res. Agen. No. 35. 103-110.

Lindell, S. organizer and editor. 2011. International Offshore Mussel Farming Workshop, February 11, 2011, Milford CT.

Rawson, P.D., S.R. Lindell, X. Guo, I. Sunila, 2010. Cross-Breeding for Improved Growth and Disease Resistance in the Eastern Oyster. Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center Publication No. 206 – 2010. 6pp.


Oysters, Our Briny Bioengineers

Oyster Filtration Timelapse

Sea Vegetable Farming in Our Coastal Ponds