The Marine Aquaculture Research & Development (MARDEV) project focuses on applied aquaculture of commercially valuable seaweeds. Research includes growth experiments of California native macroalgae, in both indoor and outdoor experimental culture systems. The team also conducts shore-based aquaculture system design, development, and testing of macroalgae culture systems. Relevant skills and experience related to the project are diverse including algal husbandry, systems engineering, genetics, marine chemistry, culinary science and business development.