William “Bill” Walton, Ph.D.

Oyster Aquaculture Extension Specialist
William “Bill” Walton, Ph.D.




Auburn University Shellfish Lab
150 Agassiz St.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528



Bill Walton serves as an oyster aquaculture extension specialist in Mississippi. He provides technical advice on establishing a hatchery in Pass Christian, Mississippi, to provide seed for off-bottom oyster aquaculture. He is working to help establish a remote-setting system at The University of Southern Mississippi. He is determining the most successful methods for public stock enhancement; identifing areas in Mississippi for oyster aquaculture; teaching people how to become oyster farmers; and keeping the public informed of developments regarding oyster aquaculture. 

Bill has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Tufts University, a master’s degree in ecology and evolution from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in fisheries science from the University of Maryland. Prior to moving to the Gulf Coast, Bill worked as marine extension agent with Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and Woods Hole Sea Grant, and he had a small shellfish farm with his wife, Beth. He is an associate professor at Auburn University, an extension specialist with Alabama Cooperative Extension and a Senior Scientist I at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.