Auburn University Professor Rex Dunham Named Recipient of the Southeastern Conference’s 2019 Faculty Achievement Award

Auburn University Professor Rex Dunham has been named the recipient of the Southeastern Conference’s 2019 Faculty Achievement Award for Auburn.

Dunham, a professor in Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences.

He is internationally known for his research on the genetic improvement of catfish, focusing on efforts to positively impact food production for farmers, increase yield for processors and improve food quality for consumers without negative environmental effects.

The SEC Faculty Achievement Awards, created to recognize faculty accomplishments, scholarly contributions and discoveries, were established by the SEC presidents and chancellors and are administered by the SEC provosts. The awards were first presented in 2012.

Each recipient of the SEC Faculty Achievement Award must be a full professor at an SEC university, have a performance history of extraordinary teaching and a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally or internationally.

Dunham’s research has led to two major changes in the genetic type of fish used in the U.S., the latest transforming the channel catfish industry into a majority hybrid catfish industry.

He has taught in four countries and conducted research in or with collaborators in 18 countries and has mentored more than 75 students earning their masters and doctoral degrees.

He has published nearly 400 scholarly works, including more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and two books.

Dunham’s accomplishments also include serving during a sabbatical as the program leader for the Genetic Enhancement and Breeding Program in the Philippines.

In addition, he held the presidency of the International Association of Genetics in Aquaculture from 2009 to 2012.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois in ecology, ethology and evolution in 1978 and his master’s and doctorate from Auburn in 1979 and 1981, respectively.

Courtesy: Auburn University

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