Bill Hanshumaker, Oregon Sea Grant

Blogger Bill Hanshumaker is a public marine educator for Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University, based at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, where he serves as chief scientist for our Free-Choice Learning program. Dr. Hanshumaker has been educating the public and self-selected audiences in free-choice science learning since 1977. With more than 16 years of experience at the Oregon Museum and Science and Industry and 18 more at the HMSC, he has had opportunities to develop, deliver and evaluate science program for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. He is responsible for many of the exhibits and events at the  HMSC Visitor Center, and serves as an educational consultant to researchers at the HMSC and at OSU, and to state and federal agencies interested in developing interpretive materials to explain science to the public. He also conducts hands-on workshops in topics ranging from marine animal dissection to fossil identification for HMSC visitors, classes and special events, and has connected teachers and their classrooms with multiple at-sea research projects, including three Cascadia Initiative cruises.

 Marine science & engineering careers

The crews who have worked on this research effort represent a wide range of marine science and engineering specialties, as well as multiple research institutions. Their career paths are varied; some came to marine research and engineering directly from PhD. programs, while others have  taken less direct – and sometimes surprising routes.

We’re beginning to add short profiles that showcase the careers represented on these expeditions; more will come soon.

To learn more about careers in marine science and engineering, visit the Sea Grant Marine Careers site and the new Oregon Coast Regional STEM Hub.

Learn more about the the expedition, its goals and its team on the Cascadia Initiative Website.

The lead team for this project includes scientists and engineers from many of America’s leading marine science agencies and institutions, including NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) based in Newport, Oregon,  Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California, and Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) in New York.  The project also offers opportunities for graduate students and early-career scientists to assist on cruises.

Marine scientists

Bob Dziak (OSU/NOAA) Chief ScientistBob Dziak, (OSU/NOAA) Chief Scientist for the Cascadia Expedition Initiative Project (2011-14 expeditions)






Del Bohnenstiehl (NCSU)Co-chief scientistDel Bohnenstiehl, (NCSU) Co-chief scientist (Cascadia Initiative, 2011; Antarctica 2005, 2006)

Matt Fowler, Moorings Specialist



Matt Fowler, (PMEL/NOAA VENTS), Moorings Specialist (2011-14); Chief Scientist (2014).




Joe HaxelJoe Haxel (OSU/NOAA) Research Assistant (2011-13)






Cory Schiep (NCSU) Cory Schiep (NCSU) (2011). Sshown wearing a survival suit for during shipboard safety drill.






Marine engineers

Martin Rapa, Scripps



Martin Rapa, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Development Engineer (2011-2014)




Paul Georgief, Scripps



Paul Georgief, Scripps, Design (2011-13)



Vincent Oletu, LDEO



Vincent Oletu, Junior Marine Engineer, LDEO (2011)



David Gassier - Ocean Research Engineer



David Gassier, Ocean Research Engineer, LDEO (2011)



Jake Rhodes, Scripps, Electrical Engineer (no photo available)

Anna Semple, PMEL/NOAA VENTS Research Assistant (no photo available)




  • Stanslav Edel, Intern (2013) No photo available.
  • Laura Fattaruso, Intern (2013) No photo available. For great photos of the entire crew from the 2013 cruise, visit Laura’s blog, The Life Geologic.

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Ray Klein, consultant, ScrippsRay Klein, consultant, Scripps (2011)





Drew Stolzman, LDEO

Drew Stolzman, LDEO. (2011)

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Sea Grant's Bill Hanshumaker chronicles ocean research missions