Dr. Harrell started his career with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as a fisheries biologist and was recruited by the University of Maryland in the mid-1980s to come to Maryland to help with the restoration of the threatened populations of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay. He progressed through the faculty ranks becoming a full professor in 1995 and has served in various administrative roles including; Regional Director (Department Chair) for University of Maryland Extension, Director of the Lower Eastern Shore Research and Education Center, and Associate Dean of Research and Associate Director of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station. In addition to his faculty position, he is currently the Director of the Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center.
As a faculty member Dr. Harrell has taught over 10 undergraduate and/or graduate courses ranging from fish and wildlife management and ecology, aquaculture, natural resource and environmental ethics, research methodologies, and professional communication and development. He currently guest lectures in a variety of courses.
Dr. Harrell’s research interests are focused on environmental and natural resource ethics and stewardship of our natural resources. Currently he is engaged with a team of international scientists attempting to help protect endangered and threatened sub-Saharan old world vultures. His role in this effort is to better understand how cultural issues impact vulture populations through the ethical integration of use of traditional medicine and respecting traditional religious beliefs.
Research Interests Environmental and bioethics; stress physiology of fish and other vertebrates; breeding genetics of fish and aquatic ornamental plants; conservation genetics and biology; restoration ecology; natural resources management of fish and wildlife populations. Extension Interests Environmental and bioethics; fish and wildlife management and health; pond management; invasive species control; ornamental aquatic plant breeding, restoration ecology.
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