AwF chair-elect Barry A. Costa-Pierce elected as AAAS Fellow

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AwF chair-elect Barry A. Costa-Pierce elected as AAAS Fellow


The Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced on November 10, 2011, that Professor Barry A. Costa-Pierce, director of Rhode Island Sea Grant and professor of fisheries & aquaculture at the University of Rhode Island, has been elected as an AAAS Fellow. Dr. Costa-Pierce is also the chair-elect of Aquaculture without Frontiers (AwF).

Each year the Council elects Fellows whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.” In the award letter, AAAS states that Costa-Pierce is being honored for “distinguished contributions to global aquaculture and its sustainability and for leadership in marine research, education, and outreach as director of two NOAA-Sea Grant college programs.”

“As a scientist, my first concern has always been how science works to directly benefit people, whether advancing commercial aquaculture to be more sustainable, or helping feed the world’s poor. As a Sea Grant director, my focus has been how new Sea Grant partnerships and institutions can make a real change in the state, in demonstrating credible impacts on the livelihoods of coastal peoples, and increasing stewardship of ocean resources for future generations. Election by the Council as an AAAS Fellow is extremely meaningful to me in recognizing these efforts,” Costa-Pierce says. 

Costa-Pierce will be honored at the AAAS Fellows Forum on February 18, 2012, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.

AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world. Founded in 1848, AAAS serves some 262 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. It publishes the journal Science, which has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world.

The AwF Board of Directors congratulates Dr. Costa-Pierce on this distinguished honor in recognition of his tireless contributions to the advancement of aquaculture and its ability to help improve the lives of disadvantaged people everywhere.


Roy Palmer

December 2, 2011at 4:02 pm

Congratulations Barry – very well deserved
Recognition by your peers is very special achievement.
Enjoy the celebrations in Vancouver and keep up the great work.

Dr. Praveen Ojha

January 18, 2012at 8:13 am

Its a great work with great achievement. Keep it up.