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David O. Conover is the Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Oregon (UO). He 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. As the chief research officer, 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. He collaborates with deans, faculty, and colleagues in areas that support the research mission of the university and works with the UO donor community to support research initiatives. Dr. Conover was previously the Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University where, for many years, he also served as the Dean of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and a professor of marine science. Dr. Conover also served as the Director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation where he oversaw a $350 million dollar budget, large multinational research programs, and was responsible for advancing two major research facility construction projects. His research interests include life history evolution and implications for conservation of marine fishes.