Faculty and Staff


Adeline Coyac

Addie Waters


Assistant Director, Center for Excellence in the Marine Sciences

(207) 602-2671



Scientific Research Methodology

Small Boat Operations

Large Research Vessel Science Operations

Dive Operations

Project management

research support

Marian Reagan

B.S. Education

Financial & Administrative Coordinator, Marine Science Center and the Center for Excellence in the Marine Sciences

(207) 602-2856


Marine Science Center

Full-time Faculty

Professor Costa-Pierce of UNE Marine Sciences

Henry L. & Grace Doherty Professor of Marine Sciences

Editor-in-Chief, Aquaculture (Elsevier)

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Swedish Royal Academy of Agriculture & Forestry Wallenberg Professor, University of Gothenburg

(207) 602-2440


Marine Science Center

Costa-Pierce has a 40-year career in the marine and freshwater sciences. His overall research interest is in "Ocean Food Systems: how seafood systems throughout the world  interact with marine ecosystems, fisheries, aquaculture, and people. He has worked in the USA at both state and private universities and at international research organizations in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, and from Hawai'i to Maine. He is a pioneer of the field of "Ecological Aquaculture", helped build FAO's "Ecosystem Approach to... Read More


Ecological aquaculture

marine ecology

social-ecological systems

Markus Frederich headshot

Professor of Marine Sciences

(207) 602-2406


Marine Science Center

Dr. Frederich is a Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of New England. He received his masters degree in biology from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, where he investigated anatomical abnormalities in ants that got exposed to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Bremen, Germany for his work at the Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany. Here he investigated stress physiology mechanisms in Antarctic crustaceans. For... Read More


Temperature physiology

polar biology

energy metabolism

crustacean biology

marine invertebrates

James Sulikowski

James Sulikowski


Professor of Marine Science

(207) 602-2730


Marine Science Center

Dr. James Sulikowski is a marine biologist and professor at the University of New England. He has 25 years of experience working with cartilaginous and bony fish. He has more than 74 peer-reviewed publications and his research has garnered more than $11 million in external grant funding. James has appeared on numerous local and national television shows including NBC’s “Today Show,” “Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin” and the BBC series “Rise of Animals.” His research was featured on the Discovery Channel's Shark Week in both... Read More


Life history and population dynamics of sharks


and rays

composition and spatial/temporal distribution of fish communities

physiological responses to stress and how this influences by-catch mortality

environmental adaptations in fish; conservation of fish communities

and trophic interactions between fish species

Charles Tillburg

Chair, Marine Sciences

Director, Arthur P. Girard Marine Science Center

Professor, Marine Sciences

(207) 602-2130


Decary Hall

Dr. Charles Tilburg is the Chair of the Department of Marine Sciences, Director of the Arthur P. Girard Marine Science Center, and a Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of New England. He received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas and a PhD in Oceanography from Florida State University. He has twenty years of research and teaching experience in physical oceanography, numerical modeling, and bio-physical coupling of... Read More


Physical oceanography

numerical modeling

coastal oceanography

larval transport

river plume dynamics

Professor Stephan I. Zeeman

Professor, Department of Marine Sciences

(207) 602-2410


Marine Science Center




primary production

remote sensing

geographic information systems

Bering Sea ecosystems.

Carrie Byron

Assistant Professor

(207) 602-2287


Marine Science Center

My research is grounded in marine ecology and integrates and interdisciplinary approach. Research disciplines include aquaculture, fisheries and coastal management. Previous projects have been based in freshwater, estuarine and marine habitats including temperate lakes, Atlantic rocky shorelines, temperate barrier-beach lagoons, tropical coral reefs and Pacific glacial fjords. I enjoy working on projects that look at biotic and abiotic dynamics and interactions as they apply to conservation and/or social development issues. My current research focuses on sustainable ecological aquaculture and food web dynamics in... Read More


Ecological Approaches to Acquaculture

Fish Ecology & Fisheries

Marine Food Web Dynamics

Susan Farady headshot

Assistant Professor of Marine Affairs

(207) 602-2776


Marine Science Center

Susan Farady is an Assistant Professor of Marine Affairs at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. She teaches courses in interdisciplinary marine law and policy, oversees curriculum offerings, and researches ocean governance and marine spatial planning issues.

Previously, she was the Director of the Marine Affairs Institute and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program, and adjunct faculty at the Roger Williams University School of Law. In that capacity, she was responsible for the education, outreach and research... Read More

Joseph Kunkel

Research Professor

(413) 335-6017


Marine Science Center

Joe grew up on a tidal salt marsh in Long Island, New York. He spent his early years collecting and rearing insects as a hobby. He went to college majoring in Zoology and published his first paper based on his undergraduate research on cockroach development. He chose a graduate school where he could continue his interest in insect development and on earning his Ph.D., did a post doctoral in Biometry, and another in Biochemistry. Joe's major interest is in using experimental design to explore... Read More



protein chemistry and non-invasive ion flux measurements.

Associate Professor

(207) 602-2814


Marine Science Center


Behavioral ecology and animal behavior

marine mammal behavior and biology

marine mammal policy


Affiliated Faculty

Daryl Boness

Research Associate Faculty, Chairman of U.S. Marine Mammal Commission; Editor-in-Chief of Marine Mammal Science

(207) 597-2333




Marine mammal behavior

ecology and conservation; behavioral ecology; mammalian reproductive strategies

William Driggers

NOAA/NMFS Research Fisheries Biologist

(228) 762-4591




Behavioral ecology


fisheries biology

life history

population dynamics

reproduction and taxonomy of sharks in the western North Atlantic Ocean.

Steve Jury

Senior Research Scientist

(207) 773-2500




comparative animal physiology and behavior

invertebrate biology

fisheries and aquaculture technology development

John Mandelman

Associate Research Faculty

(617) 226-2168




Conservation physiology and the physiological ecology of marine fishes; the physiological alterations and resultant mortality due to anthropogenic stressors

specifically fishing capture

in sharks

rays and skates; bycatch mitigation in sharks

rays and

Alexia Morgan

Associate Research Faculty


Ecosystem modeling

seafood sustainability

fisheries management and bycatch mitigation

specifically related to large pelagic species including sharks

tuna and swordfish.

Professional Staff

Zach Miller-Hope


Marine Science Technician

(207) 602-2232


Marine Science Center


Marine Biology


Adam St. Gelais Headshot

Assistant Research Scientist

I am interested in the intersection of ocean farming and marine ecology, framed by a changing climate, and the resulting ecological and social impacts of managing both for sustainability. I work closely with ocean farmers, especially those focused on growing low-trophic level “extractive species” to assess the ecosystem services (and where present the trade-offs) of farming in the marine environment and conversely, how the marine environment impacts the quality and nutrition of ocean-farm crops. Much of this work is focused on... Read More


marine resource management

fisheries management

sustainable marine aquaculture

coral reef ecology and restoration

coral reproduction

scientific diving

water quality

watershed science

program coordination


Senior Advisor

Tollef Olson headshot

Senior Advisor

President and Co-Founder, Ocean's Balance

Born and raised in Maine, Tollef says he has salt water in his blood. After stints as a commercial fisherman, captain of international marine salvage expeditions, and seafood restaurant owner, Olson entered the world of aquaculture in 1994, conducting site surveys for aquaculture operations along the Maine coast. Concerned by his observations of rapidly declining populations of sea urchins and mollusks due to over-fishing, Tollef founded Aqua Farms, LLC in 1998 to cultivate rope grown mussels utilizing technology adapted from... Read More

Barton Seaver headshot

Senior Advisor

Director, Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Barton Seaver is on a mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other—through dinner. He has translated his illustrious career as a chef into his leadership of the Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In this role, Barton spearheads initiatives to inform consumers and institutions about how our choices for diet and menus can promote healthier people,... Read More