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Paul B Brown

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Professor of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
765.494.4968
765.469.2422
FORS Room 304
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2033

My research program focuses on aquaculture and aquatic animal nutrition. We explore aquacultural opportunities for Indiana and other parts of the world and have worked with American lobsters, spiny lobsters, hybrid striped bass, yellow perch, bluegill, largemouth bass, walleye and tilapia. Our nutrition work focuses on new diets for established aquaculture industries and development of diets for emerging industries. We have been working on modified diets for rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon, as well as tilapia. New diets for yellow perch, hybrid striped bass and largemouth bass have been developed. Much of our work has been focused on replacing fish meal in diets. The global supply of fish meal has been at maximum sustainable yield for approximately 8 years, but demand continues increasing. We have been successful replacing fish meal with soybean meal in diets for yellow perch, and hybrid striped bass and are currently exploring use in largemouth bass. There is a need within aquaculture specifically and animal nutrition in general to develop diets rapidly. We are currently exploring use of two new scientific disciplines to understand nutrient needs and use of ingredients from diets. Combining metabolomics and proteomics provides us with a more complete view of metabolism. We are also using the combination of metabolomics and proteomics to understand flows of nutrients through food webs and applying this approach to both aquaculture and natural settings.

Awards & Honors

(2011) Editorial Board. Journal of Ocean University of China.

(2003) Inductee. Who's Who in Agriculture Higher Education.

(2002) Excellence in Soybean Research. Illinois Soybean Association.

Selected Publications

Brown, P. B. (2013). Sustainable plant feedstuffs in aquaculture. 50th Annual Conference, Brazialian Society of Animal Science, 289-296.

Brown, P. B., Baumgarner, B., Bharadwaj, A., Inerowicz, D., & Goodman, A. (2013). Proteomic analysis of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) intestinal epithelia: physiological acclimation to short-term starvation. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, 8, 58-64.

Brown, P. B., Baumgarner, Bharadwaj, Inerowicz, & Goodman (in press). Proteomic analysis of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) intestinal epithelia: physiological acclimation to short-term starvation. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part D.

Brown, P. B., Baumgarner, B. L., Bharadwaj, Inerowicz, & Goodman (2012). Increased expression of GAPDH protein is not indicative of nitrosative stress or apoptosis in liver of starved rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, 38, 319-327.

Brown, P. B., Baumgarner, B. L., Riley, C. P., Sepulveda, M. S., & Meyer, J. L. (2011). Increased expression of GAPDH protein is not indicative of nitrosative stress or apoptosis in liver of starved rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, On-line.

Hart, S. D., Bharadwaj, A. S., & Brown, P. B. (2010). Soybean lectins and trypsin inhibitors, but not oligosaccharides or the interactions of factors, impact weight gain of rainbow. Aquaculture, 306, 310-314.

Hart, S. D., Brown, B. J., Gould, N. L., Witt, E. M., & Brown, P. B. (2010). Predicting optimal dietary essential amino acid profile for growth of juvenile yellow. Aquaculture Nutrition, 16, 248-253.

Brown, P. B., & Hart, S. D. (2010). Soybean oil and other n-6-rich lipid sources. In Fish Oil Replacement and Alternative Lipid Sources in Aquaculture Feeds (Vol. 1, pp. 133-160). New York: CRC Press.

Bharadwaj, A. S., Hart, S. D., Brown, B. J., Li, Y., Watkins, B. A., & Brown, P. B. (2010). Dietary source of stearidonic acid promotes increased muscle DHA concentrations in hybrid striped bass. Lipids, 45, 21-27.

Brown, P. B., Gonzales, J. G., Lowry, B., Beyl, C., & Nyochemberg, L. (2009). The effects of fibrous waste pretreatment on the growth of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) fed bio-regenerative life support (BRLS) plant waste residues.. Advances in Space Research, 43, 1243-1249.