Associate Vice President for Research and Operations of Hatfield Marine Science Center; Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Bob Cowen is Associate Vice President for Research and Operations of Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University and Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS). The Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) is a leading marine laboratory located in Newport, Oregon. As OSU’s coastal campus and a base for oceanographic research, HMSC excels in student research opportunities and experiential instruction. HMSC currently hosts collaborative research and education programs from seven OSU colleges and six state and federal agencies on its 49-acre campus. With a combined budget of over $45M, HMSC is an important economic driver on the Oregon Coast.
Prior to coming to OSU, Bob was the Robert C. Maytag Professor of Ichthyology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science where he also served as Chair of the Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries, and as Associate Dean for Research. He has authored or co-authored over 140 publications on topics ranging from coastal fish ecology and early life history, to fishery oceanography, larval transport, population connectivity, and ocean acidification. He has also worked on development of new innovative technologies for plankton sampling and image processing. This research has included the mentoring of 28 graduate and 37 undergraduate students.
His external activities include serving on the U.S. Ocean Research and Resource Advisory Panel (ORRAP), External Advisory Committee for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), NOAA/NSF CAMEO Steering Committee, JOI Ocean Observatory Interim Steering Committee, and as CLIOTOP/GLOBEC/IMBER Steering Committee and Early Life History Working Group chair. He is currently the past-President of the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML). Locally, he is on the boards of the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Yaquina Bay Economic Foundation, and the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County.
Besides his day job, Bob and his wife Su enjoy raising Yak and gardening at Sisu Ranch.