Gatlin honored with Regents Fellow award

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Delbert Gatlin was recently named a Regents Fellow, by Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp.

Gatlin is professor and associate head for research and graduate programs at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research at College Station.

The honor came during a Regents Professor and Fellow Service Awards banquet hosted by Sharp at College Station. The awards recognize faculty members and agency professionals for their outstanding contributions to their university or agency and the people of Texas and beyond, according to Sharp.

Gatlin was recognized for his nationally and internationally acclaimed research. His work on red drum has contributed significantly to production of  the fish species whose economic impact to Texas is estimated to be approximately $4 billion annually.

According to the presentation citation, Gatlin’s research group has published 207 peer-reviewed journal articles, two books and 16 book chapters, and received a total of $6.62 million in grants and contracts.

His laboratory studies have proven instrumental in providing greater understanding of nutrient requirements and metabolism of fish to improve production efficiency in aquaculture as well as to implement nutritional strategies to enhance disease resistance of fish, according to the award citation.

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents established the naming of Regents Professors in 1996. The Regents Fellow Service Awards followed in 1998 to recognize exceptional service by professionals in the seven Texas A&M System agencies.

To date, more than 165 Regents Professors have been honored, along with 95 Regents Fellows. All honorees receive a $9,000 stipend.

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