0210_Yarish joins RepechageSECAUCUS, N.J. — Charles Yarish, Ph.D., of the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, will serve as a consultant to the Repêchage Board of Directors for 2015.

Yarish will help in the evaluation and sourcing of sustainable wild harvested seaweeds for cosmetic and agricultural uses.

With an extensive background in marine sciences, Yarish received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1976 before joining the faculty at the University of Connecticut. He currently works in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Marine Sciences. Additionally, he has been an adjunct professor of marine sciences at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a visiting scientist at the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland in Germany, a visiting professor of marine biology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and, most recently, a guest professor at Shanghai Fisheries University in China.

At the University of Connecticut, Yarish developed an internationally known laboratory for seaweed research and has been a leader in seaweed aquaculture. He is most interested in the development of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) and nutrient bioextraction systems where seaweeds are a key extractive component. 

Yarish has published and edited several books, including the most recent Long Island Sound: Prospects for the Urban Sea (Springer 2014).

He has received numerous awards and grants domestically, including from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Yarish has also served with many organizations internationally, including the International Executive Service Corps’ Aquacultural Project (Kenya), the Organizing Committee & the Executive Secretariat for the Vth International Phycological Congress, Qingdao (China), The Advisory Board of the Institute of BioSciences (Halifax), the National Research Council of Canada and the U.S. National Science Foundation genome project on Porphyra.

Repêchage has been in the business of developing, manufacturing and distributing seaweed-based skin care products since 1980 and is thrilled to have a marine science and seaweed expert like Yarish as a consultant.

For more information on Repêchage, visit www.repechage.com.