Bill Hanshumaker

William Hanshumaker

Visitor Center Public Education
[email protected]

Office: 541-867-0167

HMSC Visitor Center

2030 Marine Science Drive

2030 Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365

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Affiliated with: 
Oregon Sea Grant
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Beyond OSU

Dr. Bill 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 almost 26 years at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, Bill has had opportunities to develop, deliver and evaluate science programs for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. He is responsible for many of the exhibits and events at Oregon Sea Grant's 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 on topics ranging from marine animal dissection to fossil identification for HMSC visitors, classes and special events. Bill periodically joins Pacific research cruises, blogging and video-conferencing with public school classrooms back on land to give them an up-close look at the life and work of marine scientists.


  • Public marine science programming
  • Public necropsies and dissections
  • Exhibit design and evaluation
  • Science curriculum design, development, delivery and evaluation
  • Coordination and supervision of HMSC undergraduate intern program