Staff and Collaborators


Nathan Kaufman

My position as the Aquaponic Program Manager is to extend knowledge and demonstrate the utility of hydroponic growing methods using aquaculture effluent as a sustainable nutrient source for specialty and commodity crops.  I have extensive experience as a large-scale commercial aquaponic grower utilizing various farming practices.  My role is to oversee farm activities, plant production and research coordination in our 3000 sq. ft. greenhouse at the vegetable crop greenhouse complex. I am actively engaged in research activities on and off-campus.

Visiting and Post Doctoral Scholars

Dr. Victor Fernández Cabanás

Victor joined our lab in July of 2019  to conduct aquaponic research evaluating vertical farming practices for hydroponic production of basil.






Dr. Razieh Farzad


I am a food scientist with extensive knowledge and experience in the sustainable production of seafood through aquaculture practices. As a postdoctoral scholar at Bodega Marine Laboratory, I’m developing a non-invasive methodology using ultrasound to evaluate the gonad development in abalone to assist the recovery effort for endangered black abalone species. I am also working on helping seafood producers and farmers in getting up to speed with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by writing advisory extension documents that assist them with building HACCP plans and developing a prioritized road map to comply with FSMA.