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David D Kuhn

Research Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2008
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Clarkson University, 2003
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Clarkson University, 2001
  • B.S., Mathematics, Saint Lawrence University, 2000
Employment History

June 2010 - Present Research Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
December 2007 - Present Research Associate, Department of Food Science and Technology Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
August 2003 - December 2007 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
August 2001 - May 2003 K12 Problem Based Learning Project Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
May 2000 - August 2000 Consultant, A.E. Hodsdon Consulting, Waterville, ME
May 1998 - January 2000 (summer and winter breaks) Environmental Laboratory Technician, Northeast Laboratory Services Winslow, ME

Research interests include seafood quality, seafood safety, and aquaculture research and outreach programs. Other specific areas will focus on food processing (water and waste issues), riskbased food systems, and effects of climate change on food systems.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Kuhn, D., M. Angier, S. Barbour, S. Smith, G. Flick. 2013. Culture feasibility of eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in zerowater exchange recirculating aquaculture systems using synthetically derived seawater and live feeds. Aquacultural Engineering 54,45-48.

Waitt, J., D. Kuhn, G. Welbaum, M. Ponder. 2013. Postharvest transfer and survival of Salmonella enterica serotype enteritidis on living lettuce. Letters in Applied Microbiology. doi: 10.1111/lam.12170.

Kuhn, D., M. Mainous, S. Smith. 2012. Efficacy of common aquaculture compounds against Aeromonas hydrophila, Aeromonas salmonicida ssp. Salmonicida, and Aeromonas salmonicida ssp. achromogenes at various temperatures. North American Journal of Aquaculture.

Kuhn, D., G. Boardman, G. Flick. 2011. Production of microbial flocs using laboratory-scale sequencing batch reactors and tilapia wastewaters. International Journal of Recirculating Aquaculture.

Kuhn, D., S. Smith, G. Boardman, M. Angier, G. Flick. 2010. Chronic toxicity of nitrate to Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei: impacts on survival, growth, antennae length, and pathology. Aquaculture 309: 109-114.

Mainous, M., D. Kuhn, S. Smith. 2010. Effect of common aquaculture chemicals against Edwardsiella ictaluri and Edwardsiella tarda. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 22: 224-228.

Kuhn, D., D. Drahos, L. Marsh, G. Flick. 2010. Evaluation of nitrifying bacteria to improve nitrification efficacy in recirculating aquaculture systems. Aquacultural Engineering 43: 78-82.

Kuhn, D., A. Lawrence, G. Boardman, S. Patnaik, L. Marsh, G. Flick. 2010. Evaluation of two types of biofloc meals derived from biological treatment of fish effluent as feed ingredients for Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei. Aquaculture 303: 28-33.

Schuler, D., G. Boardman, D. Kuhn, G. Flick. 2010.  Acute Toxicity of Ammonia and Nitrite to Pacific Shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, at Low Salinities. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 41(3):438-446.

Book Chapters

Kuhn, D., A. Lawrence. 2012. Ex-situ biofloc technology: Using biorectors to treat aquacultural effluents while producing bioflocs for shrimp feed. In: Biofloc Technology: A Practical Guide Book, 2nd edition (Y. Avnimelech, Eds.). The World Aquaculture Society, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States.

Flick, G., D. Kuhn, M. Moody. 2011. Smoked, cured, and dried fish. In: The Seafood Industry, 2nd edition (L.A. Granata, G.J. Flick, R.E. Martin, Eds.). Wiley Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK. p.432.

Peer Reviewed Extension Publications

Kuhn, D., S. Duncan, K. Jeri. 2013. Increasing Your Confidence in Cooking High Quality, Safe Seafood (Fish and Shellfish): A Demonstration Tutorial. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication. FST-98NP.

Kuhn, D., S. Duncan, K. Jeri. 2013. Selection and Cooking Basics for Preparing High Quality, Safe Seafood (Fish and Shellfish). Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication. FST-96NP.


    Dr. David Kuhn

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    Blacksburg, VA 24061