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Michael Chambers
Michael Chambers

Michael Chambers

University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH USA

"Get your hands wet."

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Michael's work combines: Environment & Nature, Science, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Marine Biologist, Aquaculture Specialist & Associate Professor

I develop ocean farming technologies for raising fin fish, shellfish, and microalgae species.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Aquatic Biology/Limnology

    University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

  • Graduate Degree


    Texas A&M University

  • Doctorate

    Marine Biology and Mariculture

    University of New Hampshire

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    I earned my bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

  • 2.

    Prior to graduating, I participated in a summer internship at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Mississippi and immediately knew I wanted to live and work by the ocean.

  • 3.

    The professor I had worked with during my internship hired me on after graduation, so I moved back down to the Gulf Coast to do research on seagrass farms.

  • 4.

    I made connections through work and travel that led to a variety of fun jobs and projects, including a lobster research project in Maine and a shipwreck excavation in Micronesia.

  • 5.

    I eventually decided to go back to school and earn a master’s degree in mariculture from Texas A&M University.

  • 6.

    I moved to Hawaii to help The Oceanic Institute and the University of Hawaii with an open ocean cage farm project where we grew Pacific threadfin, a local indigenous species.

  • 7.

    When the University of New Hampshire received funding for an experimental research farm, I moved back to New Hampshire to work on that—meanwhile, I earned my Ph.D. in marine biology and mariculture.

  • 8.

    Over the past 25 years, I’ve been specializing in developing ocean farming technologies for raising fin fish, shellfish, and microalgae species.