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Dennis Nixon
Director, Rhode Island Sea Grant
OTC Building

Educational Background

A.B., Honors
Xavier University
University of Cincinnati
University of Rhode Island

Areas of Specialization


Coastal zone law and management; fisheries law and management; admiralty law, including marine pollution law and marine insurance. I currently serve as Legal Counsel and Risk Manager for UNOLS, the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System, investigating legal issues that affect oceanographic research.


I currently teach MAF 521, Coastal Zone Law, and MAF 220, Marine and Coastal Law. In previous years I have taught Fisheries Law and Management, Admiralty Law, Caribbean Geography, Politics of the Ocean, and International Law.


Besides my work with UNOLS, I have also provided legal assistance for the AAUS, the American Academy of Underwater Science, and frequently lecture on marine law topics for the International Marina Institute, which I co-founded. I also serve as the Secretary and General Counsel of the Point Club, a self-insurance vessel cooperative serving New England fishermen.


Nixon, D., Daly, M., and Farady, S., Marine and Coastal Law, Cases and Materials, Second Edition, Praeger (2010).


"Recent Legal Developments in Oceanographic Research Vessel Law," International Research Ship Operators' Meeting, Kiel, Germany (March, 2010)


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3 years 46 weeks