Dr. Bowser was granted the status of Professor Emeritus upon his retirement on 1 July 2014. Prior to that he was a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and had been associated with the department since 1995 (previously an Associate Professor in the Department of Avian and Aquatic Animal Medicine, 1985-1995). He also served as an aquatic animal health specialist on the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University (1980-85) and with the Aquaculture Program of the University of California, Davis (1978-80). After receiving his BS degree from Cornell in 1970, he received the MS degree from Iowa State University in 1972. After 3 years of active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy, he entered the graduate program at Auburn University and received his PhD in 1978. He has obtained continuous funding (USDA, NY Sea Grant, etc.) throughout his career to study diseases of fishes and strategies for fish health management.
Dr. Bowser was the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Service in 2007. In 2009 Dr. Bowser received the S. F. Snieszko Distinguished Service Award from the Fish Health Section of the American Fisheries Society, which is a career achievement award for his contributions and service to the field of aquatic animal medicine. Dr.Bowser received the National Sea Grant Program Research to Application Award in October, 2010, for the successful and continued real-world application of a Sea Grant-funded research effort. In April, 2013 Dr. Bowser was the recipient of the Christensen Award for Excellence in Fish Health from the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine. This award is given to an individual who has made significant advances in the field of fish health and medicine in the areas of basic and applied research and education. The presentation of this award in 2013 was only the 4th time this award has been given since it was established in 1988.
Dr. Bowser is a member of the following Graduate Fields:
Aquatic Animal Health Program
Hope, K.M., R.N. Casey, G.H. Groocock, R.G. Getchell, P.R. Bowser and J.W. Casey. (2010). Comparison of quantitative RT-PCR with cell culture to detect viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus IVb (VHSV IVb) infections in the Great Lakes. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health. 22:50-61.
Bain, M.B., E.R. Cornwell, K.M. Hope, G.E. Eckerlin, R.N. Casey, G.H. Groocock, R.G. Getchell, P.R. Bowser, J.R. Winton, W.N. Batts, A. Cangelosi, and J.W. Casey. (2010). Distribution of an Invasive Aquatic Pathogen (Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus) in the Great Lakes and Its Relationship to Shipping. PLoS ONE. 5(4): e10156. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010156.
Cornwell, E. R., G H. Groocock, R.G. Getchell, and P.R. Bowser. (2011). Residual tannic acid destroys virucidal properties of iodophore. North American Journal of Aquaculture. 73:8-12.
Al-Hussinee, L., J.S. Lumsden, S. Lord, R.M.W. Stevenson, R.N. Casey, G.H. Groocock, K.L. Britt, K.H. Kohler, G.A. Wooster, R.G. Getchell, and P.R. Bowser. (2011). Immunohistochemistry and pathology of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus, type IVb associated with mortality in multiple Great Lakes fish. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 93:117-127.
Frattini, S.A., G.H. Groocock, R.G. Getchell, G.A. Wooster, R.N. Casey, J.W. Casey, and P.R. Bowser. (2011). Preliminary Survey of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus (VHSV) in New York State Priority Bodies of Water. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 37:194-198.
Grimmett, S.Gl, H.J. Chalmers, J.C. Wolf, and P.R. Bowser. (2011). Spinal deformity in triploid grass carp Ctenopharyngodon idella (Valenciennes). Journal of Fish Diseases. 34:217-225.