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Department of
Fisheries, Animal &
Veterinary Science

20A Woodward Hall,
9 East Alumni Avenue,
Kingston, RI 02881.
Phone: 401-874-2477.
Fax: 401-874-7575.
Barry A. Costa-Pierce
Job Title: Professor & Director, RI Sea Grant Program
Address: GSO, RI Sea Grant Office,
Phone: 401-874-6800
  • Ph.D. Oceanography, University of Hawaii
  • M.S. Zoology, University of Vermont
  • B.A. Zoology, Drew University (Madison, New Jersey)
Research Interests

Leadership Interests:

Strategic & implementation planning, organizational development, team-building & implementation of partnership principles; development of environmental & sustainability programs & their evaluation especially "Outcome Mapping" at universities, schools, foundations, multilateral & bilateral donor institutions; design & implementation of international & diversity initiatives in universities & environmental organizations.

Overall Research Interests:

Ecological Aquaculture — Ecological design, engineering, systems & trophic ecology of aquatic food production systems in land-based & marine ecosystems both in the nearshore and exposed, "offshore" environments, in societies both rural & urban. Capture Fisheries — Fisheries science of bivalve mussels; clupeid & scombrid fish.

Current Research & Outreach Projects:

Northern bluefin tuna & Pacific sardine capture-based aquaculture in Baja California, Mexico; Team leader for the WWF Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue Nutrients & Carrying Capacity Working Group; FAO study on Ecosystem Approaches to Marine Aquaculture; Development of sustainability indices for mariculture (ICES Working Group on the Environmental Impacts of Mariculture); Inclusion of fisheries/aquaculture science into the "sustainable seafoods movement" (Sustainable Seafood Forum, Aquarium of the Pacific); Fisheries & aquaculture of the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) & zoological interactions with pea crabs (Pinnotheres pisum) in southern New England, USA.

  1. Caskey, L.L., R.R. Riedel, B.A. Costa-Pierce, J. Butler and S.H. Hurlbert. 2007. Population dynamics, distribution, and growth rate of tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) in the Salton Sea, California, with notes on bairdiella (Bairdiella icistia) and orangemouth corvina (Cynoscion xanthulus). Hydrobiologia 576:185–203.
  2. Wilburn, S.M., J. Tobey, J. Hepp, S. Olsen, and B.A. Costa-Pierce. 2007. Sea Grant in Latin America? Adapting the US Sea Grant model of linked applied research, extension, and education to a Latin American Context—Is there a fit? Marine Policy 31: 229-238.
  3. Costa-Pierce, B.A. and A. Desbonnet. 2007, in press. An "ecofunctional" approach to ecosystem-based management for Narragansett Bay, p. 537-554. In: A. Desbonnet & B.A. Costa-Pierce, Editors, in press, 2007. Science for Ecosystem-Based Management: Narragansett Bay in the 21st Century. Springer Science, New York, N.Y., 554 p.
  4. Desbonnet, A. & B.A. Costa-Pierce, Editors, 2007, in press. Science for Ecosystem-Based Management: Narragansett Bay in the 21st Century. Springer Science, New York, N.Y., 554 p.
  5. Riedel, R. and B. A. Costa-Pierce. 2005. Feeding ecology of Salton Sea tilapia (Oreochromis spp.). Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Science 104(1): 26-36.
  6. Costa-Pierce, B.A. et al., Editors. 2005. Urban Aquaculture. CABI Publishing Co., Wallingford, U.K.
  7. Costa-Pierce, B.A. 2003. Rapid evolution of an established feral tilapia (Oreochromis spp.): the need to incorporate invasion science into regulatory structures. Bio. Inv. 8: 71-84.
  8. Bridger, C.J. & B.A. Costa-Pierce, Editors. 2003. Open Ocean Aquaculture: From Research to Commercial Reality. World Aquaculture Society, Baton Rouge, LA.
  9. Riedel, R. and B.A. Costa-Pierce. 2002. Review of the fisheries of the Salton Sea, California, USA: past, present, and future. Reviews in Fisheries Science 10(1): 77-112.
  10. Riedel, R., D. Schlenk, D. Frank, and B.A. Costa-Pierce. 2002. Analyses of organic and inorganic contaminants in Salton Sea fish. Marine Pollution Bulletin 44(5): 403-411.
  11. Costa-Pierce, B.A., Author/Editor. 2002. Ecological Aquaculture. Blackwell Science, Oxford, UK.
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