Jonathan van Senten

Assistant Professor

Education

Ph.D. Aquaculture/Fisheries, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, 2016

M.P.S., Marine Affairs & Policy: Aquaculture, University of Miami RSMAS, 2012

B.S., Marine Biology, Minor: Chemistry, Barry University, 2010

Overview

I am based out of the Virginia Seafood Agriculture and Experiment Station in Hampton, Virginia. My work focuses primarily on aquaculture, primarily aimed at understanding and quantifying the costs and impacts of the regulatory environment at the farm level. To date, we have evaluated three sectors of U.S. aquaculture (baitfish, trout, and west coast shellfish), and will be working on tilapia, hybrid striped bass, catfish, and east coast shellfish over the course of the next two years. In addition, I’m also involved with assessing the viability of emerging species, commercial aquaponics, evaluating new diet formulations for aquaculture, financial benchmarking, and economic impact assessment. 

My research focuses on the economics of Virginia aquaculture. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Quantifying the farm-level effects of the regulatory environment
  • Feasibility of emerging species for aquaculture
  • Assessing the economic performance of new dietary formulations
  • Ornamental aquaculture and business development
  • Financial benchmarking of aquaculture sectors
  • Intensive production of live feeds for marine aquaculture
  • Economics of aquaponics

I am building an Extension program centered on industry and stakeholder needs in the areas of economics, business planning, and strategic marketing. Specific activities include providing training through workshops, seminars, webinars, presentation of research findings to industry and stakeholder groups, publication of extension factsheets, technical bulletins, infographics, and face to face meetings with industry and stakeholders. 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

van Senten, J. and C.R. Engle. 2017. The costs of regulations on U.S. baitfish and sportfish producers. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 48(3). DOI:10.111/jwas.12416.

van Senten, J., Dey, M., Engle, C.R. Effects of regulations on technical efficiency of U.S. baitfish and sportfish producers. 22:3, 284-305. DOI: 10.1080/13657305.2018.1454539.

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R., Hartman, K., Johnson, K., Gustafson, L. A uniform health code for aquaculture farms: an economic analysis of potential farm-level costs and benefits. DOI: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2018.05.007

Manuscripts in preparation

Engle, C.R. and van Senten, J. The effects of regulations on the U.S. trout industry. (submitted)

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R., Dey, M. The economic contribution of the baitfish and sportfish industry on the state of Arkansas. (in preparation)

van Senten, J. and Engle, C.R. The effects of regulations on the West Coast shellfish industry. (in preparation)

Extension Publications

DiMaggio, M.A., Groover, E.M., Schwarz, M., van Senten, J. Species Profile: Clownfish. Southern Regional Aquaculture Center Species Profile. October 1, 2017.  

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R. Infographic: National Baitfish and Sportfish Regulatory Costs. AREC-219 (AREC-225). Virginia Cooperative Extension. July 25, 2017. 

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R. Infographic: South East Region Baitfish and Sportfish Regulatory Costs. AREC-222. Virginia Cooperative Extension. April 24, 2017. 

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R. Infographic: South Central Region Baitfish and Sportfish Regulatory Costs. AREC-221. Virginia Cooperative Extension. April 24, 2017. 

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R. Infographic: Great Lakes Region Baitfish and Sportfish Regulatory Costs. AREC-220. Virginia Cooperative Extension. April 24, 2017. 

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R. Infographic: Wisconsin Baitfish and Sportfish Regulatory Costs. AREC-218. Virginia Cooperative Extension. April 18, 2017.

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R. Infographic: Pennsylvania Baitfish and Sportfish Regulatory Costs. AREC-217. Virginia Cooperative Extension. April 18, 2017. 

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R. Infographic: Ohio Baitfish and Sportfish Regulatory Costs. AREC-216. Virginia Cooperative Extension. April 18, 2017. 

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R. Infographic: North Carolina Baitfish and Sportfish Regulatory Costs. AREC-215. Virginia Cooperative Extension. April 18, 2017. 

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R. Infographic: New York Baitfish and Sportfish Regulatory Costs. AREC-214. Virginia Cooperative Extension. April 12, 2017. 

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R. Infographic: Florida, Illinois, Texas, and Kansas Baitfish and Sportfish Regulatory Costs. AREC-213. Virginia Cooperative Extension. April 12, 2017. 

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R. Infographic: Arkansas Baitfish and Sportfish Regulatory Costs. AREC-212. Virginia Cooperative Extension. April 12, 2017. 

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R. Infographic: Alabama Baitfish and Sportfish Regulatory Costs. AREC-211. Virginia Cooperative Extension. April 10, 2017. 

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R., Smith, M. Cost of regulations on producers of baitfish and sportfish in Ohio. Buckeye Aquafarming. Ohio State University Extension. Ohio State University South Centers. Vol. 2, No. 1. April, 2017.

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R., Dey, M.M., Roy, L.A., Kelly, A.M. Inefficiency factors and economic impact of baitfish and sportfish production. Arkansas Aquafarming. April, 2017. 34(1): 5-6.

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R., Kelly, A.M., Roy, L.A. Cost of regulations on producers of baitfish and sportfish in Arkansas. ETB 261, Cooperative Extension Program, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. December, 2016. ETB261-PD-12-2016N

van Senten, J., Engle, C.R., Roy, L.A., Kelly, A.M. The cost and impact of regulations on baitfish and sportfish aquaculture. Arkansas Aquafarming. October, 2016. 33(3):1-2.  

 

Jonathan Van Senten portrait