Diane F. Cowan
Diane has worked as a research scientist and educator
in the academic, government and non-profit sectors.
In 1996, she founded The Lobster Conservancy with a
vision of building a bridge to join all
those sharing the common goal of maintaining a strong
and healthy lobster resource.
Boston University awarded
Diane with a Presidential University Graduate Fellowship
to support her graduate studies. Diane earned her Ph.D.
from the Boston
University Marine Program in 1992 while studying lobster
molting and reproduction at the Marine Biological Laboratory
in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
In 1999, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution awarded
Diane a Fellowship in Marine Policy to continue her
Diane has taught courses in Marine Biology,
Oceanography, Animal Behavior, and Ecology at many
institutions including Bates College,
University of Southern
Maine, Suffolk University and the Isle of Shoals Marine
As Leader of the Division of Biological
Monitoring for the state of Maine’s Department
of Marine Resources, Diane served as the state’s chief lobster biologist. She
was also responsible for supervising programs for the lobster, shrimp, herring
and urchin fisheries.
Diane’s publications and conference presentations include primary research papers
on Lobster Mating Systems Ecology, Chemical Communication, Social Behavior and
Migrations, Molting and Early Life History, and Thermal Histories of Brooding
Diane’s work has been featured by the media on television (including, the Today
Show, CBS Sunday Morning, Animal Planet Report, PBS), radio (including All Things
and Maine Things Considered), in newspapers (including the New York Times, Washington
Post, Portland Press Herald, AP), magazines (including Der Spiegel, Atlantic
Monthly, Chronicle of Higher Education), and books (including The
Secret Life of Lobsters and The Lobster Coast). She also contributes health and handling
tips on lobsters in her monthly "Ask the Lobster Doc" column featured in "Commercial