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Name: Robert Reigh
Title: Professor
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Department: Aquaculture Research Station
Organization: LSU AgCenter
Address 1: 2410 Ben Hur Road
Address 2: Baton Rouge, LA 70820
Phone Number: (225) 765-2848
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Education/Training
Ph.D., Texas A & M University
M.S., University of North Dakota
B.S., Western Illinois University
Areas of Specialization/Research
Aquatic animal nutrition and improved aquacultural practices for warmwater species; specifically, nutrient requirements and nutritional physiology of fishes and crustaceans, development and improvement of feeds for commercially important species, and reduction of nutrient inputs to aquacultural production systems.
Professional Experience
Dr. Reigh joined the faculty in 1986.

Current responsibilities:

Resident Director of the Aquaculture Research Station. Conduct research in aquatic animal nutrition; improve feeds and feeding practices for warmwater species; teach undergraduate and graduate courses in aquaculture and nutrition.

Research interests and experience:

Aquatic animal nutrition and improved aquacultural practices for warmwater species; specifically, nutrient requirements and nutritional physiology of fishes and crustaceans, development and improvement of feeds for commercially important species, and reduction of nutrient inputs to aquacultural production systems.

Courses Taught:

RNR 2002 - Introduction to Fisheries and Aquaculture
RNR 4061 - Special Problems
RNR 7010 - Nutrition of Aquatic Animals
RNR 7070 - Fisheries Seminar
RNR 8000 - Thesis Research
RNR 9000 - Dissertation Research
Publications/Presentations/Patents

Reigh, R.C., M.B. Williams, J.M. Gillespie, and C.R. Weirich. Preliminary observations on the cost of producing fingerlings from channel catfish stocked as sac fry or as hatchery-fed swim-up fry. Journal of Applied Aquaculture (submitted).

Reigh, R.C., M.B. Williams, and B.J. Jacob. Influence of repetitive periods of fasting and satiation feeding on growth and production characteristics of channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus. Aquaculture (in review).

Ambardekar, A.A., R.C. Reigh, and M.B. Williams. 2005. Uptake of amino acids by channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus fed intact proteins or purified amino acid supplements. Page 9 in: Aquaculture America 2005 Abstracts, Aquaculture America 2005, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2005.

Ambardekar, A.A., R.C. Reigh, and M.B. Williams. 2004. Availability of amino acids from intact protein and crystalline mixtures in channel catfish. In: Proceedings of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences, Lake Charles, Louisiana, March 2004.

J
acob, B. J., Reigh, R. C. and M. B. Williams. 2004. Influence of Repetitive Fasting on Growth of Channel Catfish Ictalurus punctatus . Page 493 in: Book of Abstracts, Aquaculture 2004, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 2004. Louisiana Academy of Sciences, Lake Charles, Louisiana. March 2004.

Reigh, R. C. and M. B. Williams. 2004. Production Characteristics of Pond-Raised Channel Catfish Ictalurus punctatus Fed a Low Protein Diet With Restricted Amino Acid Composition. Page 492 in: Book of Abstracts, Aquaculture 2004, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 2004.

Reigh, R. C. and M. B. Williams. 2004. Production Characteristics Of Pond-Raised Channel Catfish Ictalurus punctatus Fed an All Plant Protein Diet With or Without Phytase or Mineral Supplements. Page 643 in: Book of Abstracts, Aquaculture 2004, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 2004.

Reigh, R. C. and M. A. Segovia-Quintero. 2004. Coating Crystalline Methionine With Tripalmitin-Polyvinyl Alcohol Slows its Absorption in the Intestine of Nile Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus. Aquaculture 238(1-4): 355-367.

Reigh, R. C. and R. C. Gummandi. 2003. Growth Performance And Body Composition of Palmetto Bass Fed Five Levels of Dietary Protein at Two Energy-To-Protein Ratios. North American Journal of Aquaculture 65(4): 278-288.

Reigh, R. C. and M. B. Williams. 2003. Replacement of Dietary Mineral Spplements with Phytase in a Pond Production Trial with Channel Catfish. Pages 48-49 in: Research and Review: A Compilation of Abstracts of Research on Channel Catfish 2003. Catfish Farmers of America Research Symposium, Destin, Florida, February, 2003.

Reigh, R. C., M. B. Williams, and W. Yan. 2002. Amino Acid Balance Affects the Optimum Protein Level of Channel Catfish Feeds. Global Aquaculture Advocate 5(4):30-31.

Reigh, R. C., M. B. Williams, and W. Yan. 2002. Production Characteristics of Pond-Raised Channel Catfish Ictalurus punctatus fed reduced-protein diets for two growing seasons. Page 277 in: Book of Abstracts, Aquaculture America 2002, San Deigo, California, January, 2002.

Yan, W. B., R. C. Reigh and Z. Xu. 2002. “Effects of Fungal Phytase on Utilization of Dietary Protein and Minerals, and Dephosphorylation of Phytic Acid in the Alimentary Tract of Channel Catfish Ictalurus Punctatus Fed an All-plant-protein Diet.” Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 33(1):10-22.

Reigh, R. C. and W. Yan. “Enzyme Treatment of Catfish Feeds Can Reduce Environmental Phosphorus Loads.” Louisiana Agriculture 44.3 (2001): 7.

Weirich, C. R. and R. C. Reigh. “Dietary Lipids and Stress Tolerance of Larval Fish.” Nutrition and Fish Health. Ed. C. Lim and C.D. Webster. Binghamton, New York: Food Products Press, 2001.

Weirich, C. R., R. C. Reigh and D. W. Freeman. “Temporary Sequestration of Fingerling Channel Catfish in Cages as a Means to Improve Production of Multiple-crop Ponds: Preliminary Studies.” Journal of Applied Aquaculture 10.3 (2000): 17-30.

Weirich, C. R., R. C. Reigh and D. W. Glenn, III. “Decapsulated Artemia Cysts as Dietary Supplements for Hatchery-raised Channel Catfish Ictalurus punctatus Fry: Survival, Growth, and Body Composition of Fry and Subsequent Production Characteristics of Fingerling Catfish.” Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 31 (2000): 609-617.

Reigh, R. C. and S. C. Ellis. “Effects of Dietary Catfish Oil, Menhaden Oil, and Tallow on Production Characteristics of Pond-raised Channel Catfish, Ictalurus punctatus.” Journal of Applied Aquaculture 10.1 (2000): 53-63.

Reigh, R. C. “Nutrition Research Reduces Catfish Production Costs and Improves Pond Environment.” Louisiana Agriculture 42.4 (1999): 9-10.

Reigh, R. C. “Production Characteristics of Pond-raised Channel Catfish Ictalurus Punctatus Fed Diets with and without Animal Protein for Three Growing Seasons.” Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 30 (1999): 154-160.

Lazo, J. P., R. P. Romaire and R. C. Reigh. “Evaluation of Three In Vitro Enzyme Assays for Estimating Protein Digestibility in the Pacific White Shrimp, Penaeus Vannamei. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 29 (1998): 441-450.

M
ayeaux, M. H., R. C. Reigh and D. D. Culley, Jr. “Fatty Acid Composition of Muscle, Liver, and Depot Fat of Wild and Cultured Common Snapping Turtles, Chelydra Serpentina.” Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 29 (1998): 234-242.

Brunson, J. F., R. P. Romaire and R. C. Reigh. “Apparent Digestibility of Selected Ingredients in Diets for White Shrimp, Penaeus Setiferus L.” Aquaculture Nutrition 3 (1997): 9-16.

Mayeaux, M. H., D. D. Culley, Jr. and R. C. Reigh. “Effects of Dietary Energy: Protein Ratio and Stocking Density on Growth and Survival of the Common Snapping Turtle Chelydra Serpentina.“ Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 27 (1996): 64-73.

McGoogan, B. B. and R. C. Reigh. “Apparent Digestibility of Selected Ingredients in Red Drum (Sciaenops Ocellatus) Diets.” Aquaculture 141 (1996): 233-244.


Reigh, R. C., B. B. McGoogan y J. A. Sullivan. “Investigación Sobre La Digestibilidad de Ingredientes Alimenticios con la Curvina y el Híbrido de la Lobina.” Segundo Simposium Internacional de Nutricion Acuicola, Noviembre de 1994. Ed. R. E. Mendoza Alfaro, L. E. Cruz Suárez y D. Ricque Marie. Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, 1996.

Sullivan, J. A. and R. C. Reigh. “Apparent Digestibility of Selected Feedstuffs in Diets for Hybrid Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis Female x Morone chrysops Male).” Aquaculture 138 (1995): 313-322.

Reigh, R. C., ed. Proceedings of the Louisiana Aquaculture Conference 1994. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 1994.


Reigh, R. C. and S. C. Ellis. “Utilization of Animal-protein and Plant-protein Supplements by Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) Fed Formulated Diets.” Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 25 (1994): 541-552.

Zhang, Q., R. C. Reigh and W. R. Wolters. “Growth and Body Composition of Original-cross Hybrid Striped Bass and Striped Bass x Yellow Bass Hybrids Fed Oil-supplemented and Unsupplemented Diets in Ponds.” Aquaculture 125 (1994): 119-129.

Reigh, R. C., ed. Proceedings of the Louisiana Aquaculture Conference 1993. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 1993.

Reigh, R. C., S. L. Braden and R. J. LaPrarie. “Substitution of Soybean Protein for Fish Protein in Formulated Diets for Red Swamp Crawfish (Procambarus clarkii).” Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 24 (1993): 329-338.

Reigh, R. C., ed. Proceedings of the Louisiana Aquaculture Conference 1992. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 1992.

Reigh, R. C. and S. C. Ellis. “Effects of Dietary Soybean and Fish Protein Ratios on Growth and Body Composition of Red Drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) Fed Isonitrogenous Diets.” Aquaculture 104 (1992): 279-292.

Ellis, S. C. and R. C. Reigh. “Effects of Dietary Lipid and Carbohydrate Levels on Growth and Body Composition of Juvenile Red Drum, Sciaenops ocellatus.” Aquaculture 97 (1991): 383-394.

Reigh, R. C., ed. Proceedings of the Louisiana Aquaculture Conference 1991. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 1991.

Reigh, R. C., E. H. Robinson and P. B. Brown. “Effects of Dietary Magnesium on Growth and Tissue Magnesium Content of Blue Tilapia, Oreochromis Aureus.” Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 22 (1991): 192-200.

Reigh, R. C. “Effects of Diet on Body Composition and Storage Quality of Farm-raised Catfish.” Proceedings of the Louisiana Aquaculture Conference 1990. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 1990.

Reigh, R. C. “Crawfish Nutrition and Feeding.” Proceedings of the Louisiana Aquaculture Conference 1990. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 1990.

Reigh, R. C., ed. Proceedings of the Louisiana Aquaculture Conference 1990. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 1990.

Reigh, R. C., S. L. Braden and R. J. Craig. “Apparent Digestibility Coefficients for Common Feedstuffs in Formulated Diets for Red Swamp Crayfish, Procambarus Clarkii.” Aquaculture 84 (1990): 321-334.

Reigh, R. C. and R. R. Stickney. “Effects of Purified Dietary Fatty Acids on the Fatty Acid Composition of Freshwater Shrimp, Macrobrachium Rosenbergii.” Aquaculture 77 (1989): 157-174.

Reigh, R. C., ed. Proceedings of the Louisiana Aquaculture Conference 1988. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 1988.

Reigh, R. C. “Catfish Feeds and Practical Feeding Guidelines. Proceedings of the Louisiana Aquaculture Conference 1988. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 1988.

Reigh, R. C., ed. Proceedings of the Louisiana Aquaculture Conference 1987. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, 1987.

Reigh, R. C. “Winter Foods of the Pine Grosbeak in Eastern North Dakota.” The Prairie Naturalist 13.2 (1981): 52-54.

Elsen, D. S., R. C. Reigh and D. Willis. “Fishes.” Threatened and Endangered Wildlife of North Dakota. Ed. M. G. McKenna and P. B. Kannowski. Grand Forks, North Dakota: Institute for Ecological Studies, University of North Dakota, 1979.


Reigh, R. C. and D. S. Elsen. “Status of the Sturgeon Chub (Hybopsis Gelida) and Sicklefin Chub (Hybopsis Meeki) in North Dakota.” The Prairie Naturalist 11.2 (1979): 49-52.

Reigh, R. C. and J. B. Owen. “Fishes of the Western Tributaries of the Missouri River in North Dakota.” North Dakota Regional Environmental Assessment Program Report No. 79-2, ND-REAP, 316 North Fifth Street, Suite 521, Bismarck, North Dakota, 1979.

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