Kevin M. Fitzsimmons

Kevin M. Fitzsimmons
Research Scientist
Director - CALS International Programs
Forbes, 306

Department of Soil Water and Environmental Science
The University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210038
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0038

Office Phone: 
(520) 621-7687
Cell Phone: 
(520) 820-0643

Ph.D., Wildlife and Fisheries, 1999, University of Arizona
M.S., Biology, 1986, University of West Florida
B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 1978, University of Arizona

President of World Aquaculture Society 2004-2005
President of the US Aquaculture Society 1999-2000
Fulbright Scholar - Chairman - Aquaculture Without Frontiers 2007-2009
Editorial Advisory Board for Reviews in Fisheries Science

My extension responsibilities include working with operating aquaculture farms across the state. I also work with farmers and investors who are considering aquaculture. We now have 20 high schools in Arizona with aquaculture units on their campuses. I work with students and faculty to develop their aquaculture systems and curriculum in the schools.

My research is directed primarily toward production techniques of tilapia and shrimp in the desert and in integrated systems. Multiple use of water for aquaculture and irrigated agriculture has been a focal point. A second broad area of resesarch is control of aquatic nuisance species.

My position includes responsibilities in teaching, extension and research. In the spring semester I teach Freshwater and Marine Algae, which includes biology, culture and ecology of algae. In the fall I teach Aquatic Plants and the Environment, which covers aquatic plant biology, riparian zones, mangroves and other natural and constructed wetlands. I also guest lecture in the Aquaculture, Wildlands Water Quality, and Teaching Aquaculture in the Classroom courses.


Lui Liping and Fitzsimmons, K. 2011. Better Science, Better Fish, Better Life - Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on Tilapia in Aquaculture. American Tilapia Association and Department of Agriculture, Shanghai, China. ISBN: 978-1-888807-19-6. 450pp.

Elghobashy, H., Fitzsimmons, K. and Diab, A.S. 2008. (eds) From the Pharaohs to the Future: Proceedings of the Eighth International Symposium on Tilapia in Aquaculture. Egypt Ministry of Agriculture, ISBN 978-1-888807-18-9. Cairo, Egypt. 1447pp.

Contreras-Sanchez, W. and Fitzsimmons, K. 2006 eds. Tilapia, Sustainable Aquaculture from the New Millennium - Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on Tilapia in Aquaculture. American Tilapia Association, Aquaculture CRSP 389pp.

Morrison, C., Fitzsimmons, K. and J.R. Wright 2006. Atlas of Tilapia Histology, World Aquaculture Society, Baton Rouge, LA. 96pp.

Bolivar, R., Mair, G. and Fitzsimmons, K. 2004. New Dimensions in Farmed Tilapia: Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Tilapia in Aquaculture. Editors: American Tilapia Association, Aquaculture CRSP, and Ministry of Agriculture, Philippines. Manila. 854pp.

Book Chapters

Fitzsimmons, K. and Watanabe, W. (2010). Chapter 17 (Family: Cichlidae) pp. 375-397. In: N.R. Le François, M. Jobling, C. Carter and P.U. Blier eds. Finfish Aquaculture Diversification. 640pp. C.A.B. International.

Allen, G., Fielder, S., Fitzsimmons, K., Applebaum, S., and Raizada, S. 2009. Chapter 36. Inland saline aquaculture. pp. 1119-1147. In: Burnell, G. and Allen, G. (eds). New Technologies in Aquaculture. CRC Press and Woodhead Publishing.

Journal Articles

Yousef S. Al-Hafedh, Aftab Alam, Alejandro H. Buschmann, Kevin M. Fitzsimmons 2011. Experimental operation of an integrated aquaculture system for seaweeds and marine fish production at the Red sea coast of Saudi Arabia. Reviews in Aquaculture (in Press)

Yuan, D. Yi, Y. Yakupitiyage, A., Fitzimmons, K. and Diana, J. 2010. Effects of addition of red tilapia (Oreochromis spp.) at different densities and sizes on production, water quality and nutrient recovery of intensive culture of white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) in cement tanks. Aquaculture 298: 226–238.

Stevenson, K., Fitzsimmons, K., Clay, P., Alessa, L., and Kliskey, A. 2010. Integration of aquaculture and arid lands agriculture for water reuse and reduced fertilizer dependency. Experimental Agriculture 46:1–18.

Zerai, D., Fitzsimmons, K., and Collier R. 2010. Transcriptional response of delta-9-desaturase gene to acute and chronic cold stress in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Journal of World Aquaculture Society 41(5):800-806.