ROUSE NAMED INTERIM HEAD OF AU'S FISHERIES DEPARTMENT
Dr. David Rouse has been named the interim head of Auburn
University's Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures. He replaces
Dr. John Jenson, who was recently selected to serve as interim head
of the university's College of Agriculture.
"I have personally worked side by side with Dr. Rouse for 20 years and
am confident that he can lead the diverse and world renown teaching,
research and extension interests of our Department of Fisheries and
Allied Aquacultures," Jensen said. "Dr. Rouse is dedicating himself to
the needs of our citizens throughout Alabama. Through his leadership and
the continuing strong support of our aquaculture, recreational fishing
and conservation partners, we know that this department will continue to
Rouse is an Auburn native and holds degrees from Auburn University and
Texas A&M University. He earned a bachelors degree in marine biology
from Auburn in 1971 and a masters degree in fisheries in 1973. He worked
seven years for the state of Alabama in the area of aquatic ecology
before returning to school at Texas A&M to complete his doctorate in
He has been on faculty at Auburn since 1981, where he has taught
classes and conducted research on a variety of fish and shellfish.
"I can think of no greater honor and challenge than to help lead a team
of scientists that have already established an international reputation
for their contributions in areas of aquatic ecology, fisheries management
and aquaculture," Rouse said.
Rouse's specialties include shrimp, crayfish and oyster aquaculture.
His research is widely recognized and has been presented in more than 75
scientific meetings and 50 journal publications. He has provided
technical assistance throughout the United States, and to 20 countries
around the world.
Some of his recent accomplishments include the completion of a
two-story marine lab on Dauphin Island, which will house the departments
of mariculture research and teaching activities.
In 2001 Dr. Rouse was awarded an Alumni Professorship in recognition for
his contributions to AU's academic programs.
Rouse is married to Auburn native Cynthia Vestal Rouse. They have four