Samuel S. Bowser (born January 16, 1957) is an American biologist specializing in the physiological ecology and evolution of protists, especially the Foraminifera. He has been a steadfast advocate of science education, and in 2006 was honored by the Science Teachers Association of New York for exceptional contributions to K-12 science education. He advocates art/science collaborations and is involved in projects with artist Claire Beynon, musician Henry Kaiser, and filmmaker Werner Herzog.
Sam Bowser has led numerous research expeditions to Antarctica. A new genus of Foraminifera, Bowseria spp., was named "in honor of Dr. Sam Bowser (USA), a protistologist and polar explorer, who has spent many years studying Antarctic monothalamous foraminifera and contributed immensely to our knowledge of their biology, ecology and diversity." Sinniger et al. (2008) Pol. Polar Res. 29:5-18. In 2005, Bowser Valley, lying East of Crawford Valley in St. Johns Range, Victoria Land, was named by US-ACAN in recognition of his research in Antarctica. He works at the Wadsworth Center in Albany, New York.
Selected recent publications
- Suhr SB, Alexander SP, Gooday AJ, Pond DW, Bowser SS (2008). "Trophic modes of large Antarctic Foraminifera: roles of carnivory, omnivory, and detritivory" (PDF). Marine Ecology Progress Series. Inter-Research. 371: 155–164. doi:10.3354/meps07693.
- Pawlowski J, Majewski W, Longet D, Guiard J, Cedhagen T, Gooday AJ, Korsun S, Habura A, Bowser SS (2008). "Genetic differentiation between Arctic and Antarctic monothalamous foraminiferans" (PDF). Polar Biology. Springer Science+Business Media. 31 (10): 1205–1216. doi:10.1007/s00300-008-0459-3.
- Bernhard JM, Bowser SS (2008). "Peroxisome proliferation in Foraminifera inhabiting the chemocline: An adaptation to Reactive Oxygen Species exposure?". Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. Wiley-Blackwell. 55 (3): 135–144. PMC . PMID 18460150. doi:10.1111/j.1550-7408.2008.00318.x.
- Habura A, Goldstein ST, Broderick S, Bowser SS (2008). "A bush, not a tree: The extraordinary diversity of cold-water basal foraminiferans extends to warm water environments". Limnology & Oceanography. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. 53 (4): 1339–1351. doi:10.4319/lo.2008.53.4.1339.
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