Dr. Costa-Pierce is a marine ecologist with broad research interests in “ocean food systems”: how fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood value chains throughout the world interact locally with marine ecosystems and people. His research on "Ecological Aquaculture" has been cited thousands of times in international, peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Costa-Pierce has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas for multiple universities, multi- and bilateral institutions including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, GTZ, USAID, and the United Nations. More recently he has focused his attention on creating aquaculture research and education partnerships between Maine, Iceland, and Sweden. He is currently a co-PI on a 5-year, $20 million U.S. National Science Foundation grant that has established the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) in Maine - the largest grant ever given by the NSF to US aquaculture, and a co-PI on a $1.3 million Department of Energy grant to establish seaweed aquaculture. In 2017, he was selected by the Swedish Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry as a Knut & Alice Wallenberg Professor at the University of Gothenburg (UGOT) where he is cooperating with UGOT to develop North Atlantic aquaculture education and research programs; the most recent is a new Nordic Master’s Programme in the “Sustainable Production of Marine Bioresources.” Dr. Costa-Pierce is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists.