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Master of Science: Masters of Environmental Science and Management - University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

Bachelor of Arts: Spanish - Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

Professional Experience

2011-2012: Aquaculture Research Assistant - GreenFins/University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI

2005-2008: Aquaculture Research Assistant - Experimental Hatchery, University of Miami, Miami, FL

Services Offered/Area(s) of Expertise

  • Aquaculture
  • Hatchery design

Research Interests

  • Tuna aquaculture
  • Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture
  • Watershed restoration
  • Sustainable ecosystems

Honors & Awards

  • Slater Technology Entrepreneurial Fellow
  • NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship
  • Edwin Iversen Award in Aquaculture
  • NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center Fellowship


  1. Bacoat, D.J., 2012 Aquaculture Ecolabelling – A White Paper in Integrated Coastal Science prepared by Donald J. Bacoat for Caribbean Mariculture, Dominican Republic
  2. Bacoat, D.J., 2010. Rise of Sustainable Aquaculture will Benefit Rhode Island. ecoRI
  3. Benetti, D., O'Hanlon, B., Sardenberg, B., Orhun, R., Brand, L. Rivera, J., Welch, A., Hoenig, R., Zink, I., Denlinger, B., Bacoat, D., Palmer, K. Advances in hatchery and growout technology of Cobia Rachycentron canadum. World Aquaculture Society (WAS) 2008, Orlando, Florida CD of Abstracts, 29.
  4. Benetti, D., Orhun, R., Zink, I., Cavalin, F., Sardenberg, B., Palmer, K., Denlinger, B., Bacoat, D., and B. O'Hanlon. 2007. Aquaculture of Cobia Rachycentron canadum in the Americas and the Caribbean. In "Cobia Aquaculture: Research Development and Commercial Production" (I Chiu Lia and Eduardo M. Leano (eds.), 57-77.