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Dennis Nixon
Director, Rhode Island Sea Grant
OTC Building
401-874-6222

Educational Background

A.B., Honors
J.D.
M.M.A.
Xavier University
University of Cincinnati
University of Rhode Island
1972
1975
1976

Areas of Specialization

Research

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.

Teaching

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.

Outreach

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.

Publications:

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

Presentations:

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


History

Member for
3 years 36 weeks