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Eric Saillant

Dr. Eric Saillant

Associate Professor


I am originally from France where I completed my PhD in fish genetics at the Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique de Montpellier. In 2001 I moved to the Gulf of Mexico region as a postdoctoral scientist at Texas A&M University before joining USM in 2008 as an Assistant Professor then an Associate Professor since 2014. My research interests include the conservation genetics of Marine fishes of the tropical west Atlantic, the development of breeding program for cultured organisms, and the control of reproduction and hatchery culture of warmwater marine species. My group uses genomic and experimental aquaculture approaches to advance these topics.

  • PHD - ENSCM Chimie Montpellier (2000)
  • MS - ENSCM Chimie Montpellier (1995)

COA 709 - Marine Conservation genetics
COA 643 - Aquaculture genetics

  • Development and characterization of genomic resources for a non-model marine teleost, the red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus, Lutjanidae): Construction of a high-density linkage map, anchoring of genome contigs and comparative genomic analysis, PLoS ONE, 2020,
  • Spatial connectivity in an adult-sedentary reef fish with extended pelagic larval phase, MOLECULAR ECOLOGY, 2017, 10.1111/mec.14263
  • Environmental Effects on Fish Sex Determination and Differentiation, SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT, 2009, 10.1159/000223077
  • Genetic effects on tolerance to acute cold stress in red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus L., AQUACULTURE RESEARCH, 2008, 10.1111/j.1365-2109.2008.02008.x
  • World Aquaculture Society
  • American Fisheries ociety
  • French (Native or Bilingual)
  • English (Full Professional)

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Gulf Coast Research Laboratory 210B Aquaculture Research and Laboratory Bdg. Cedar Pt




Areas of Expertise

Conservation genetics and genomics of marine organisms, Aquaculture Genetics/genomics, Breeding programs