The Gulf of Maine Regional Ocean Science Initiative
Ames B. Colt

Rhode Island Bays, Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination Team

In the summer of 2006, Dr. Colt assumed his current position of Chair of the Rhode Island Bays, Rivers and Watersheds Coordination Team, a legislatively-created, interagency commission responsible for enhancing coordination and strategic planning for seven executive agencies and programs responsible for the management of Narragansett Bay and its watershed. From 1999 to 2006, he worked as Associate Director of the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program, serving as Interim Director from 2000 to 2001.

Since 1985, Dr. Colt has worked and taught in environmental policy analysis, coastal management, and wastewater engineering. A 1982 graduate of Cornell University (B.A., English), he earned his Ph.D. in coastal environmental science with a specialization in policy analysis in 1993 from the University of Massachusetts at Boston's Department of Environmental, Coastal and Ocean Sciences, working with Drs. Robert Bowen, David Terkla, and Jack Archer.

In 1992, he joined Tufts University's Department of Urban and Environmental Policy as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy, working there until 1995. From 1995 to 1999, he helped to establish two start-up companies dedicated to the development and marketing of innovative wastewater treatment and water reuse systems. In 2004, he co-chaired the Coastal Society's 19th Bi-annual International Conference held in Newport, Rhode Island. He has authored articles in coastal management policy, planning, and evaluation.

A Senior Fellow of URI's Coastal Institute, Dr. Colt has served on numerous advisory and oversight panels, including the Citizens' Advisory Committee of the Narragansett Bay Commission, The Partnership for Narragansett Bay, The Executive Committee for the Rhode Island Aquaculture Initiative, the URI Outreach Council, the National Sea Grant Coastal Communities and Economies Theme Team, and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Senior Advisory Council. A native Rhode Islander, he resides in Providence with his wife and three children.

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