Kevin Neves' entire career has been devoted to aquaculture, the production of fish, typically for food purposes. His research expertise includes the effects of dissolved carbon dioxide on marine fish physiology, alternative feed formulation for aquaculture, fish nutrition, larval fish nutrition, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture systems, and development of novel species for aquaculture. Neves has worked with the physiological, developmental, and nutritional aspects of many fish species throughout the entirety of their life cycle from spawning, to larval rearing, to adult, and back to reproductively active brood stock.
Dr. Neves earned his Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Maine in 2014 while working under Dr. Nick Brown at the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR). There, his research focused on the effects of elevated carbon dioxide on the production and eye health of juvenile Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). This research was the first to link the formation of cataracts in the eye of the fish with increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the water. He then went on to be the Operations Director for Acadia Harvest Incorporated, located at the CCAR overseeing the day to day activities of an integrated multi-trophic aquaculture system producing top quality California yellowtail (Seriola lalandi) for the sushi market, as well as marine polycheate sandworms (Nereis virens) for bait and oysters (Crassostrea virginica), in which the waste products of one species are utilized by another. This is a novel, environmentally friendly way of increasing profitability and production of an aquaculture operations. The goal is to incorporate these technologies into a freshwater system here in northwest Ohio utilizing fish such as yellow perch (Perca flavascens), freshwater shrimp (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) or crayfish, and vegetables.