Ellis Chapman Jr., M.S.
Ellis Chapman joined the Harte Research Institute in spring of 2020 as a Technician working closely with HRI Senior Fellow Dr. Joe Fox on research efforts aimed at establishing an oyster aquaculture industry in Texas.
Ellis brings a wealth of oyster aquaculture knowledge and experience with him to HRI. His educational career began at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Organismal Biology. After graduation in spring of 2015, Ellis worked as a hatchery technician for Cherrystone Aqua Farms, a commercial oyster hatchery in Cape Charles, Virginia. In spring of 2017, Ellis left Virginia to pursue a Master of Science in Fisheries and Aquaculture at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. During his studies, he worked with Dr. John Supan, Dr. Bill Walton and other prominent affiliates in the Gulf of Mexico oyster aquaculture industry. Ellis also aided in the production of oyster larvae at the Michael C. Voisin Hatchery in Grand Isle, Louisiana, working in the hatchery, the research laboratory and as a graduate assistant for two and a half years until graduation in December 2019.
In his free time, you’ll find Ellis staying physically fit and active while enjoying the great outdoors. He is a fishing enthusiast, rock climber and seeker of other adventurous sports. He is also a former NCAA Division III football player, having played on the offensive line for the Christopher Newport Captains. Lastly—and most importantly—Ellis loves eating oysters with family and friends.