William  Hanshumaker
William  Hanshumaker


Marine Educator
Public Marine Education Specialist
Sea Grant
HMSC Visitor Center
William Hanshumaker
Oregon Sea Grant Chief Scientist, Senior Instructor

My research centers on how people learn outside of the formal classroom. The major focus of my position is to support the development of exemplary extension, education and communication programs that interface seamlessly with marine and aquatic sciences research.

Hatfield Marine Science Center
Fisheries and Wildlife
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport , OR 97365
United States
(541) 867-0167


My dissertation was titled: Making an Aquarium Environment Interactive: A Design Research Analysis of Exhibit Design Processes. My research focused on the development of an interactive aquarium design incorporating the employment of an innovative technology (Passive Integrated Transponder tags) that is used in fishery studies. This study used research on free-choice learning describing the effects of interactive devices on visitor learning, engagement, and attitudes. My current research is designing and evaluating layered interpretation for adult learners.


FW 441, 442, 443: Problem-solving courses (Oregon State University) 2008-2009

Biology 450/451: Marine Biology-Marine Mammal section (OSU) 1999-2003

Fisheries and Wildlife 499/599: Marine mammal curriculum (OSU) 2003

Biology 499: Special Topics - Steller Sea Lion necropsy (OSU) 2005

Biology 143: Marine Biology (Oregon Coast Community College) 1999-2002

Aquarium Science 141 (OCCC) 2003-2005

Elderhostel program (Lane Community College, Florence) 1999-currently


From 1977 until 1993, I was employed in Portland, Oregon at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). My responsibilities included the design and installation of science exhibits in the 16,000 square feet Turbine Hall. In 1993 I joined the Oregon State University (OSU) and the Oregon Sea Grant faculty as a Public Marine Education Specialist.

I can serve on graduate committees


Participated in the 2005 and 2006 voyages to Antarctica on the RV Yuzhmorgeologiya 

Ocean Explorer - Sounds of the Southern Ocean  or HMSC Blog

Educator at Sea for 2008 Rapid Deployment to the Juan deFuca plate on the RV Wecoma

Participated in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 voyages on the RV Wecoma, RV New Horizon and the RV Oceanus in the N.E. Pacific as part of the Cascadia Imitative deploying and recovering undersea seismometers  - A Marine Educator at Sea

Outreach and Extension

As a Public Marine Education Specialist, my responsibilities have included developing a collection of exhibits on invasive species and sustainable fisheries. One of my central responsibilities is developing outreach programming on the research process and results from the National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Marine Experimental Laboratory, Environmental Protection Agency, Northwest Marine Fisheries Service, and the Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. These outreach efforts use design research to develop exhibits, public programming and instructional materials suitable for all age groups.

Fun Fact

I would rather be at sea.