Barry Costa-Pierce is the Executive Director of UNE NORTH and the Henry L. & Grace Doherty Professor of Marine Sciences at the University of New England. He has a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Hawai'i, and a Master’s of Science in Zoology/Limnology from the University of Vermont. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has a 40-year career working as an aquaculture and fisheries research scientist and policy expert for education and research organizations, banks, and industries throughout the World having lived long term in Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa, and the Americas, and, more recently, in Europe. He served for 20 years as an Editor and Editor-in-Chief for Aquaculture (Elsevier). Barry moved to Maine in 2012 to lead the development of new (and revitalization of old) marine programs at UNE. After 6 years in that job, in 2018 he accepted an appointment from UNE’s new President James Herbert to become the founding Executive Director of UNE’s first Institute, named “UNE NORTH”, The Institute for North Atlantic Studies. In that position, he has served as a Fulbright scholar in Iceland; was awarded a Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Wallenberg Professorship at the University of Gothenberg in Sweden; and co-chaired a global aquaculture research conference in China. More recently, after 3 years of study, he launched a new Master’s degree program in “Ocean Food Systems” at UNE. This innovative program currently has its first class of students from throughout the world in which students apply their studies with industry partners to improve the value chains of ocean food systems. Barry is a first generation college graduate of Azorean-Portuguese immigrants who worked for generations in fishing communities there, and afterwards in New England.