Diane F. Cowan

Executive Director
The Lobster Conservancy
P.O. Box 235
Friendship, ME 04547

Education & Special Training

2005 Senior Reseach Fellow Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole
1999 Marine Policy Fellow Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole
1992 Ph.D. Boston University Marine Program
1984 MBL Course Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA
Small Computers in Biology and Medicine
1983 Baccalaureate State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY
Biological Sciences
1976 SCUBA Certification Professional Association of Diving Instructors

Academic and Research Experience

Founder and Executive Director The Lobster Conservancy, Friendship, ME, 1996 - present
Founded a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the American lobster and the traditional trap fishery it supports through scientific research and public education.
Division Leader Maine Department of Marine Resources, West Boothbay Harbor, ME, 1998-1999
Chief lobster scientist and supervisor in charge of monitoring lobster, shrimp, sea urchin and herring stocks in Maine.
Field Faculty The Graduate Program, Vermont College of Norwich University, Montpelier, VT, 1997
Mentoring of graduate students.
Instructor Isle of Shoals Marine Laboratory of Cornell University and University of New Hampshire, Appledore, ME, summer 1996
Taught Oceanography of the Gulf of Maine
Assistant Professor University of Southern Maine, Department of Geosciences, South Portland, ME, Fall, 1995
Taught Oceanography
Assistant Professor Bates College, Department of Biology, Lewiston, ME, August 1992 - May 1995
Taught Animal Behavior, Population Ecology, Aquatic Animal Communication Systems, Research in Marine Biology, Experimental Marine Ecology, Marine Invertebrate Zoology, Behavioral Ecology, and Human Sexuality; Advised thesis and independent study student projects; Participated in evaluation and revision of the core curriculum in Biology.
Visiting Scientist Stazione Zoologica, Naples, Italy, 1994
Cognitive learning in Octopus vulgaris
Chief Scientist Sea Education Association Semester Program, Woods Hole, MA, Spring 1992
Taught Oceanography and advised undergraduate research projects at sea on the sailing schooner SSV Westward
Professor Marine Biological Laboratory Elderhostel Program, Woods Hole, MA, 1989, 1990
Taught Marine Biology
Adjunct Faculty Suffolk University Elderhostel Program, Friedman Field Station, Edmunds, ME, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993
Lectures and field trips in Marine Ecology
Editorial Assistant Journal of Crustacean Biology, MBL, Woods Hole, MA, 1987-1991
Copy editing and primary literature review process
Guest Student Environmental Systems Laboratory, WHOI, Woods Hole, MA, 1990-1992
Conducted dissertation research
Teaching Fellow Boston University Biology Department, Boston, MA, 1981-1990
Led laboratory and discussion sessions in Chemosensory Biology, Human Anatomy, Diversity of Marine Organisms, Sociobiology, Introductory Biology, and Neurobiology
Independent Study State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, 1983
Courtship and Mating Behavior in Anolis carolinensis
Teaching Assistant State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY, 1982-1983
Assisted in laboratory sections of Biology of Organisms (Animals), Comparative Anatomy of Chordates

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