Paul Anderson - Director of Maine Sea Grant and the Aquaculture Research Institute

Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson, Director, Sea Grant & Aquaculture Research Institute
5784 York Complex · The University of Maine · Orono, ME 04469
Phone 207.581.1435 · Fax 207.581.1426

Before joining Sea Grant in 1999, Paul spent 10 years at the Maine Department of Marine Resources, first as chief microbiologist and then as director of the Public Health Division, where he was involved in all aspects of seafood safety and environmental monitoring. In December 2013 he was named director of the Aquaculture Research Institute at the University of Maine. He is also serving as the Research Director for the five-year National Science Foundation-funded ($20M) project "Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network - SEANET." Paul is involved in several statewide initiatives including alternative ocean energy and the Alliance for Maine's Marine Economy. Paul lives in Winterport and enjoys organic gardening at “Spacious Skies Farm.” In his free time, Paul plays guitar and mandolin in various formats including the Maine-based band, Blue Northern.

B.S. (Microbiology) University of Maine, 1983
M.S. (Microbiology) University of Maine, 1985

“At the heart of the Sea Grant Program is the strangest creature to be born of the Sea Grant’s rather unusual multifaceted requirements: the Sea Grant Director. Each institution has one. The director is our person on campus, and the institution’s person in Washington, D.C. He or she has to combine audacity, the persistence of a glacier, and the diplomatic skills of a Machiavelli in order to impose the requirements of the national Sea Grant Program on fiercely independent academics, to persuade researchers in both the natural and social sciences to reorient their thinking to the kinds of problem solving Sea Grant sought, and to nudge educators toward the environment and especially the world of water. The directors work in Washington on behalf of their programs, and work in their universities for program recognition…” -- Hal Goodwin and Bob Abel, 1988

Maine Sea Directors, 1971-2016

Paul Anderson 2002-present
Ian Davison 1998-2001
Robert Wall 1987-1997
Larry Mayer 1985-1986
Ron Dearborn 1981-1985
Malvern Gilmartin 1977-1980
Fred Hutchinson 1975-1977
David Dean 1971-1975