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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

Purpose or Function: All activities involving research, teaching and testing utilizing vertebrate animals come under the purview of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The committee has the primary responsibility for maintaining standards of research involving the humane care and use of animals in research and teaching and to ensure compliance with guidelines and regulations.

Membership: Members are appointed by the Vice President for Research and Innovation for four-year terms. Membership must include a veterinarian, a community representative, a non-scientific representative from the University, and a minimum of two scientific representatives from the University. Scientific members should have experience with and/or knowledge of animal research or teaching and applicable guidelines.

Chair: Elected for a two-year term by the Committee.

Responsible University Official: Vice President for Research and Innovation




Felix, Omoruyi (Chair)

Scientific Representative; Nutritional Biochemistry

2016 - 2021

Scarpa, John (Vice-Chair)

Scientific Representative; Mariculture/Aquaculture of bivalves, crustaceans, microalgae and biomedical species (e.g., tunicates); oyster restoration and stock enhancement

2016 - 2021

Sparks, Jean

Scientific Representative; Molecular Biology

2016 - 2021

Philip, Jose

Scientific Representative; Laboratory Coordinator; Marine Biology

2016 - 2021

Metcalf, Emily

Non-scientific Representative; Communication; Library Science

2018 - 2021

Curtis, Judd

Scientific Representative; Marine Biology

2018 - 2021

Silva, Paul

Scientific Representative; Mariculture; Marine Biology; habitat restoration

2018 - 2021

Coons, Roy

Scientific Representative; Environmental Health & Safety

2018 – 2021

Gibson, Kesley (Alternate)

Marine Biology with emphasis in Ecology of Marine Fishes

2018 - 2021

Tristan, Tim


2016 - 2021

Last Updated: 01/15/2019