HMSC Director Bob CowenWelcome

Now in our 50th year, the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport, Oregon has evolved into a leading marine laboratory distinguished by its collaborative research partnerships. Originally established as a marine laboratory for Oregon State University, HMSC currently hosts collaborative research and education programs from seven OSU colleges and six state and federal agencies on HMSC’s 49-acre campus. HMSC is a member of the Western Association of Marine Laboratories (WAML) and the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML). We value our extensive community and industry partnerships. With a combined budget of over $45M, HMSC is an important economic driver on the Oregon Coast.

As OSU’s coastal campus and a base for oceanographic research, HMSC excels in student research opportunities and experiential instruction. We host a thriving summer internship program and offer a diversity of academic programs for students from community college through post-doc. Managed by Oregon Sea Grant, HMSC's Visitor Center is a key site for public and K-12 education, and serves as a social laboratory for OSU’s Free-Choice Learning Lab.

HMSC is a resource for Visiting Scientists and Marine Science Students, combining expertise, location and infrastructure, including a world-class seawater system, experimental wet labs, OSU’s Guin Library and a weekly seminar series. We hope that you will find this website a useful guide to the activities of the Center. Feel free to contact us by phone or email if we can provide further information or help you advance your academic or research goals in marine science.

Dr. Robert K. Cowen, Director