Sustainable Aquaculture Initiative (SAI) scientists bring with them over 50 years combined experience and expertise in aquaculture. We are fortunate to be based at the MBL in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world renowned center for biological research where we further benefit from the rich atmosphere of scientific inquiry
Bill Mebane is an Associate Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and is the founding director of the Sustainable Aquaculture Initiative (SAI). He spent 8 years in commercial freshwater aquaculture prior to joining the MBL as Superintendent of Aquaculture Engineering. Through 19 years in this role, Bill maintained a state of the art research facility and developed sophisticated life support systems and protocols for well over 100 unique species of freshwater and marine vertebrates and invertebrates, most notably xenopus, zebrafish, and sepia. In 2000, he made a pro bono consulting trip to assist farmers in rural Haiti implement low resource tilapia aquaculture and launched SAI shortly thereafter to continue this important line of work.
Dana Mock-Muñoz de Luna is a Research Assistant for SAI serving in project development, coordination, and execution roles. She is fluent in Dutch, Spanish, and English, is proficient in Kreol, holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, and is finishing a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development.
Scott Lindell is the Director of the Scientific Aquaculture program at the MBL. He has been involved with commercial and scientific aquaculture for over 30 years. Scott’s early culturing experience with tilapia has expanded and now includes other fin fish, shellfish, seaweed and microalgae. Scott’s current research is directed toward offshore shellfish and seaweed farming.
Rhys E. Probyn is a visiting scientist at SAI currently serving in business and project development functions. He has been affiliated with SAI since 2006 and has over 5 years of experience operating and maintaining aquatic life support systems for a broad range of marine and freshwater vertebrates and invertebrates. He holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Technology and Engineering and is on track to earn a Master’s in Business Administration in December 2014.