William C. Walton, Ph.D.
Senior Marine Scientist III
Associate Professor, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University
Bill Walton is the oyster aquaculture Extension specialist with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. He is an associate professor in Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences and a marine Extension specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Working along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico at Auburn University’s Shellfish Lab (Dauphin Island, AL), he conducts applied research with local shellfish farmers, shellfishermen (commercial and recreational), and national and local organizations. Before moving to the Gulf, he did similar work along the coast of Massachusetts. His interests include all aspects of marine invertebrate fisheries, restoration and aquaculture. Bill has a BSc in Biology from Tufts, a MSc in Ecology from Rutgers, and a PhD in Fisheries Science from the University of Maryland.
Working along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico at Auburn University’s Shellfish Lab and Dauphin Island Sea Lab (Dauphin Island, AL) and the Auburn University Marine Extension & Research Center (Mobile, AL), I conduct applied research with local shellfish farmers, shellfishermen (commercial and recreational), and national and local organizations. Before moving to the Gulf, I did similar work along the coast of Massachusetts, out on Cape Cod.
My interests include all aspects of marine invertebrate fisheries, restoration and aquaculture. I currently am very interested in all questions related to improving the safety and quality of farmed shellfish.
Dorgan, K.M., R. D. Moseley, E. Titus, H. Watson, S.M. Cole, and W. Walton. Dynamics of Mud Blister Worm Infestation and Shell Repair by Oysters. Biol. Bull. 240: 118–131. DOI: 10.1086/713145.
Cole, S.M., K.M. Dorgan, W. Walton, B. Dzwonkowski and J. Coogan*. Seasonal and spatial patterns of mudblister worm Polydora websteri infestation of farmed oysters in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Aquaculture Environment Interactions. 12, 297-314.
Grodeska, S.M., J.L. Jones, W.C. Walton, and C. R. Arias. Effects of desiccation practices and ploidy in cultured oysters, Crassostrea virginica, on Vibrio spp. abundances in Portersville Bay (Alabama, USA). Aquaculture. 507:164-171. doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2019.03.060.
Wadsworth, P., S. Casas, J.L. Peyre, and W.C. Walton. Elevated mortalities of triploid eastern oysters cultured off-bottom in northern Gulf of Mexico. Aquaculture. 505:363-373. doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2019.02.068.
Who We Are
In our research, we emphasize the use of controlled field experiments to solve applied problems and to answer questions posed by the public. In particular, our work focuses on issues related to marine invertebrate aquaculture, fisheries management and restoration. Within the Gulf of Mexico, species of interest include the eastern oyster, blue crabs and shrimp, which form the basis for important commercial and recreational fisheries.
Current Graduate Students
Rebekah Borgert (co-advisor)
Stephanie Grodeska (co-advisor)