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Michael Nystrom

Senior Biologist

Marine & Freshwater Aquaculture Research Program

Today's Research for Tomorrow's Oceans


Michael Nystrom came to Mote Marine Laboratory in 2001, and is he is responsible for aquaponics, recirculating system design and providing general scientific support at Mote’s Aquaculture Park (MAP). Nystrom loves brainstorming unique and creative ways to solve scientific and constructional design challenges, and through more than 17 years of research, he has garnered an extensive range of aquaculture knowledge including live feeds culture, larval and fingerling production, broodstock management and the construction and design of recirculating systems. Nystrom received his Master of Science in Aquaculture and Fisheries from Auburn University and his Bachelor of Science in Pre-Med Biology from Loyola University.


M.S. Aquaculture and Fisheries, Auburn University, Alabama 

B.S. Pre-Med Biology, Loyola University in New Orleans, LA

Additional Publications

Boxman, S.E., Nystrom, M., Ergas, S.J., Main, K.L., Trotz, M.A. (2018). Evaluation of water treatment capacity, nutrient cycling, and biomass production in a marine aquaponic system. Ecol. Eng., 120, 299-310. doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2018.06.003

Main, K., Wetzel, D.L., Grams, R., Nystrom, M.J., Niebuhr, K., Lewis, J. 2018. Utilizing Recirculating Aquaculture Systems to Evaluate the Impact of Oil Toxicity on Marine Fishes: Design and Operation of a Large-Scale Experimental System. Marine Technology Society Journal. 52(6), 23-31. doi:

Yanes-Roca, C., Rhody, N.R., Nystrom, M., Wittenrich, M.L., Main, K.L., 2012. Embryonic and Early Larval Development in Hatchery-Reared Common Snook. North American Journal of Aquaculture 74, 499-511.

Main, K.L., M. Resley, N. Rhody, N. Brennan, M. Nystrom, F. Jaenike. (2011). Developing Florida pompano hatchery technology for offshore aquaculture, land-based systems and stock enhancement in the Gulf of Mexico. Aquaculture America 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana.  

Main, K.L., M. Resley, N. Rhody, M. Nystrom, T. Stevens and C. Adams. 2010. An overview of Florida Pompano research at Mote Aquaculture Research Park. Abstract – Aquaculture 2010, San Diego, California.

Nystrom, M., K.L. Main and T. Losordo. (2010) Development and evaluation of a zero-discharge fingerling production system to produce red drum Sciaenops ocellatus for stock enhancement. Abstract - Aquaculture 2010, San Diego, California.

Yanes-Roca, C., N. Rhody, M. Nystrom, K.L. Main. 2009. Effects of fatty acid composition and spawning season patterns on egg quality and larval survival in common snook (Centropomus undecimalis). Aquaculture 287 (3-4): 335-340.

Main, K.L., M. Nystrom, and T. Losordo. 2008. Performance evaluation of an intensive recirculating aquaculture system for production of juvenile red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus). Abstract - Aquaculture America 2008, Orlando, Florida.

Main, K.L., N. Rhody, M. Nystrom, M. Resley. 2007. Species Profile – Florida Pompano. Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (SRAC), No. 7206. September 6pp.

Main, K.L., M.J. Resley, M. Nystrom, J. Stubblefield and C.S. Lee 2007. Controlled maturation and spawning of common snook Centropomis undecimalis. Aquaculture 2007 Conference Proceedings, San Antonio, Texas.