The Hatfield Marine Science Center Director

Because of her two sons' involvement in marine biology, Mamie Markham was a long-time supporter of the Hatfield Marine Science Center even before establishing an endowment for the director's position. Sons James and John (who received his M.A. from OSU in oceanography in 1967) are both marine biologists.

Mrs. Markham's first gifts to the Marine Science Center were made with her husband Wilbur, who died in 1981. After his passing, Mrs. Markham continued to make generous contributions to the Center chiefly through the donation of shares of stock. In 1995, three months before her death, she made her largest-ever commitment, providing another securities gift to establish an endowment to support the directorship.


Robert K. Cowen

In 2013 Bob Cowen became director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center. He came from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, where he served on the faculty since 1998; he was the Robert C. Maytag Chair of Ichthyology, and served two years as associate dean for research. His studies range broadly, encompassing such issues as coastal fish ecology, fishery oceanography, larval transport, and connectivity of marine organism populations. He has served on numerous national committees and panels, and is affiliated with the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), a multi-institutional research effort led by OSU.

Previously Cowen was a professor at State University of New York at Stony Brook and conducted research as a doctoral student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. He earned his master's degree at California State University, Hayward, and his bachelor's at University of California, Santa Barbara.


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