Vice President for Research and Innovation

Dr. David O. Conover
Vice President for Research and Innovation
Professor of Biology
University of Oregon


David O. Conover is the Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Oregon (UO). Dr. Conover directs the office of research and innovation and oversees the university’s entire research enterprise. He is committed to enhancing research excellence and strengthening the role of research, scholarship and creative activity across the University. He works alongside the President and Senior Vice President and Provost to strengthen existing academic research programs and develop new partnerships and collaborations that make the UO a key contributor to the cultural, scientific, and economic development of the state, nation, and the world.

As UO's chief research officer, Dr. Conover oversees the majority of UO’s multidisciplinary research centers and institutes, strategic research initiatives and partnerships, research infrastructure and administration, compliance and regulatory environment, innovation and commercialization efforts, and works with the UO donor community to support research initiatives. He collaborates with deans, faculty, and colleagues in areas that support the research mission of the university.

Prior to being named Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Oregon, Dr. Conover was the Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University, where he previously served as Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and as a professor of Marine Science.

From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Conover served as the Director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where he managed an annual budget in excess of $350 million, representing the bulk of financial support for basic research in ocean science. In addition, Dr. Conover oversaw two major facility construction projects worth over $500 million. He served in Washington, D.C., on several interagency policy committees, including the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) and the Steering Committee of the National Ocean Council.

Dr. Conover has authored over 125 publications on the ecology and evolution of marine fishes, and his research has been supported for over 30 years by NSF, NOAA, and various private foundations. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Mote Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida State University and the Oscar E. Sette Award from the American Fisheries Society. Additionally, he is an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Fisheries Society. He has served on the boards of numerous organizations and he founded the New York Marine Sciences Consortium, an association that enables 28 academic institutions to share expertise and speak with one voice on environmental issues.

As the leader of the UO’s growing research enterprise, Conover says he is honored to support the success of a team of nationally recognized researchers during a transformational time for the University.

“My background and experience in research and administration will benefit the great work that is taking place across campus and around the globe every day as we further strengthen and expand discovery and innovation at the UO.”