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Derek Aday

Dean & Director

Email: [[v|vimsdean]]
Phone: (804) 684-7103
Office: Watermen's Hall 230
Unit: Dean & Director's Office


MS, Aquatic Ecology, Louisiana State University, 1997
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Illinois, 2002

Research Interests

Before becoming Dean & Director, my research focused broadly on aspects of aquatic ecology, conservation biology, fishery science, and environmental toxicology.  I worked at the interface of basic and applied ecology, addressing issues related to conservation and management of game and nongame fish species, invasive species dynamics, population dynamics and community ecology of freshwater and marine fishes, and the impact of aquatic contaminants on fish, wildlife, and human health. In general, my research relied on strong theoretical underpinning and contemporary tools to address current problems and issues in aquatic systems.

Selected Service & Leadership
  • Editor-In-Chief, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 2018 - present
  • Editor, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 2012 - present
  • University Honors and Scholars Advisory Board, 2019 -
  • Director, Thomas Jefferson Scholars Program, NCSU, 2013 - 2017
  • Director, Honors Program, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU, 2013 - 2017
  • Chair, Park Advisory Board, 2015 - 2017
Representative Publications
  • Grieshaber, CA, TN Penland, TJ Kwak, WG Cope, RJ Heise, JM Law, D Shea, DD Aday, JA Rice and SW Kullman. 2018. Relation of fish intersex to contaminants in riverine sport fishes. Science of the Total Environment 643: 73-89.
  • Henson, ME, JA Rice, Aday, DD and CA Layman. 2018. Assessing the influence of Tilapia on sport species in North Carolina reservoirs. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 147:350-362.
  • Lee Pow, CL, K Tilahun, K Creech, MJ Law, WG Cope, TJ Kwak, JA Rice, DD Aday, and SW Kullman. 2017. Windows of susceptibility and consequences of early life exposures to 17B-estradiol on medaka (Oryzias latipes) reproductive success. Environmental Science and Technology 15: 5296-5305.
  • Brown, DT, DD Aday, and JA Rice. 2015. Responses of coastal Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) to episodic hypoxia. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 144:655-666.
  • Sackett, D.K., C.L. Pow, M.J. Rubino, W.G. Cope, S. Kullman, J.A. Rice, T.J. Kwak, J.M. Law, and D.D. Aday. 2015. Sources of endocrine disrupting compounds in North Carolina Waterways: a Geographic Information Systems approach. Environmental Science and Technology 34:437-445.
  • Sackett, DK, WG Cope, JA Rice, and DD Aday. 2013. The influence of fish length on tissue mercury dynamics: implications for natural resource management and human health risk. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 10:638-659.
  • Sackett, DK, DD Aday, JA Rice, WG Cope. 2009. A statewide assessment of mercury dynamics in North Carolina waterbodies and fish. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 138:1328-1341. Top 50 citations over five years in TAFS
Selected Honors and Awards
  • 2019: American Fisheries Society Fellow
  • 2018- present: Editor-in-Chief, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
  • 2016-2018: Food Systems Leadership Institute Fellow
  • 2012-2016: Park Faculty Scholar
  • 2013-2014: LEAD-21 Fellow