Cowen Named Associate Dean for Research at University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School

Bob Cowen

Virginia Key, Fla. — July 21, 2009 — The University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science announced today that Dr. Robert K. Cowen has been named associate dean for Research.  In this new strategic position, Cowen will provide leadership in identifying and organizing faculty teams to pursue research opportunities.  Cowen, who has been with the Rosenstiel School for 11 years, is Maytag professor of Ichthyology and chair of the Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries.

Cowen’s research at the Rosenstiel School centers on the ecology and life history of fishes, particularly the early life history of fishes.  He has worked extensively on the biological and physical oceanographic processes affecting the retention and transport of larval fishes, in terms of larval dynamics, population replenishment and connectivity.  Throughout his distinguished career Cowen has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

He has served in a considerable number of leadership positions both within the University and in the field of marine biology.  He was Interim director of the Center for Sustainable Fisheries, co-director of the National Center for Coral Reef Research, and chair of the Center for Independent Experts Steering Committee.  He served on the U.S. Ocean Research and Resource Advisory Panel, JOI Interim Ocean Observatory Steering Committee, JOI OOI Coastal Ocean Dynamics Team, and NOAA/NSF CAMEO Steering Committee.  Currently, Cowen serves as director of Strategic Planning for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of the Coastal Ocean (PISCO).

Cowen earned his Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He went on to complete his Master’s of Science in marine sciences at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories at California State University - Hayward.  In 1985, he completed his Ph.D. in biological oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at the University of California - San Diego.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions.  Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life.  For more information, please visit

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