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Dr. Claude Boyd, aquaculturist by accident, in soft retirement

Dr. Claude Boyd, Ph.D., Auburn University.  Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

Dr. Claude Boyd, Ph.D., Auburn University. Photo: Tor-Eddie Fossbakk/ACG

By Tor-Eddie Fossbakk

Dr. Claude Boyd, 76, is retiring after a very long and distinguished career at Auburn University. In an interview in the Aquaculture Communications Group´s “Aquaculture Industry Voices” series he said his career in aquaculture was an accident. Trained in chemistry, toxicology and plant physiology, he came to Auburn to study insect toxicology. However, his professor left and suggested Claude work with the fish department on aquatic herbicides. This turned out to be work on aquatic water quality instead. He soon realized that someone trained in chemistry could do a lot of work to help the fish farming industry, which it was called then.

This was in the late 1960s, early 1970s. With the exception of three years at University of Georgia, Auburn has been his home. He is known around the world as a leading expert on water analysis. Dr. Boyd it the author of numerous books and articles.

In the “Aquaculture Industry Voices” interview Dr. Boyd talked about retirement but at the time he was responsible for too many graduate and doctoral students. His announced retirement is a “soft” retirement because he still has a few students to get through to graduation over the next couple of years.

The Aquaculture Communications Group wishes to congratulate Dr. Claude Boyd with a long and distinguished career to great benefit for the global aquaculture industry.

See the full “Aquaculture Industry Voices” interview with Dr. Claude Boyd here.