Henry L. & Grace Doherty Professor & Chair of Marine Sciences
Director, Marine Science Center, a UNE Center of Excellence
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Editor, Production Science, Aquaculture (Elsevier)
Costa-Pierce has a 35+ year career in the marine/aquatic sciences working at 11 U.S. and International Universities, living in Asia (Indonesia, Philippines) and Africa (Malaw'i), and conducting research/scientific consulting in 20+ nations for a wide variety of multilateral and bilateral donors such ICLARM (The World Fish Center), The World Bank, The Asian Development Bank, GTZ-Germany, and USAID. He was a leader for the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) efforts to build "An Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture”; plus, he led an...
M.S. in Zoology, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
Ph.D. in Physiology, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, University of Bremen, Germany
postdoc in Cardiovascular Biology, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
See our video with a green crab running on a treadmill: http://www.une.edu/cas/marine/crab/
Life history and population dynamics of sharks
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
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. Previous and current research projects include post-smolt salmon migration, carrying...
Ecological Approaches to Acquaculture
Fish Ecology & Fisheries
Marine Food Web Dynamics
Associate Research Faculty
Joe grew up on a tidal salt marsh in Long Island NY. 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...
protein chemistry and non-invasive ion flux measurements.
Conservation physiology and the physiological ecology of marine fishes; the physiological alterations and resultant mortality due to anthropogenic stressors
specifically fishing capture
rays and skates; bycatch mitigation in sharks
Research facility management
flowing seawater systems
aquatic animal life support systems
scientific equipment design and fabrication
video and image-based coral reef methodologies
marine resource management
sustainable marine aquaculture
coral reef ecology and restoration
life support systems (LSS) maintenance and design