NARRAGANSETT – A longtime faculty member at the University of Rhode Island was recently appointed as director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program.
Dennis Nixon, who most recently served as associate dean of URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography and as a professor of marine affairs, assumed his new position July 1.
Nixon replaced Barry Costa-Pierce who stepped down as Sea Grant director last year after holding the position for 12 years.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” Nixon said Monday. “I’ve been at URI for more than three decades and I’ve been involved with Sea Grant my entire career. To move into this position is enormously satisfying for me. It’s a position where I can really do some good and conduct research that’s important to Narragansett Bay and construct solutions in coastal communities to problems we all face.”
Prior to his appointment as director and his position as associate dean of the Graduate School of Oceanography, Nixon served for eight years as the associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Environment and Life Sciences. He has been a faculty member at URI for the last 37 years, teaching courses in marine and coastal law.
In his new position as director, Nixon will provide overall leadership for the research, education and outreach activities of the Sea Grant Program, which has a budget of approximately $3.1 million. Rhode Island Sea Grant is one of more than 30 federal-state partnerships that make up the National Sea Grant College Program. Its efforts address issues of importance to the marine environment in the state, including coastal management, fisheries, aquaculture and seafood safety and quality.
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