Research Scientists

Leonardo Ibarra-Castro, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Scientist

Dr. Leonardo Ibarra-Castro obtained a B.S in Aquaculture from the University Autonomous of Sinaloa, Faculty of Marine Science in 1997. In 2005, under Dr. Neil Duncan, he earned a M.S. degree in Marine Fish Reproduction and in 2008 earned a Ph.D. also in Marine Fish Reproduction under Dr. Luis Sergio Alvarez-Lajonchere. Both degrees were obtained at the Research for Food and Development A.C. from Mazatlan Sinaloa Mexico. During 2009 and 2010 he was a postdoc at the University of Texas at Austin, in the Marine Science Institute and in the University National Autonomous of Mexico, working with the reproduction and larval culture of marine fish.

Dr. Leonardo Ibarra-Castro leads the Whitney Laboratory fish aquaculture program started in 2019. 

Whitney Laboratory Fish Aquaculture

During Dr. Ibarra-Castro's time as a postdoc, it was identified that a major obstacle for the development and intensification of the finfish aquaculture industry is the failure of broodstock to reproduce predictably and grow its larvae in captivity. In the last 8 years working for CIAD, his goal was to create a bridge between basic knowledge and applied knowledge in aquaculture field. All the basic knowledge in fish reproduction (Handling, Endocrinology and Nutrition) and early development in eggs and larvae (Embryonic Develop, Larval Morphology, Physiology and Nutrition) had been applied to achieved the pilot production of different species of snappers, croaker and snook; designing environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture production systems for the industry, governmental environmental agencies, education and social communities. Through this time, he had been involved in teaching graduate students and professionals in the area of fish reproduction, broodstock handling and the application of assisted reproduction technologies, publishing more than 40 articles, and had been active in consulting private industry in Mexico and Latin America countries.

  • Control of reproduction of marine fish in captivity
  • Larval rearing of marine fish
  • New technology development for massive marine fish production
  • Transfer technology


Andrea Kohn, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Moroz Lab