About the Director

Deborah Cowman

Dr. Deborah Cowman
Museum Director

Dr. Deborah Cowman has an academic background in environmental science, ecological conservation and natural history, climate change policy, and scientific research experience with USGS and Texas A&M University.  She also has experience in team building and management from Texas A&M University and expertise from the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Rare Book and Special Collections Department at Stanford University, and as well as a degree in music performance and history.

A member of several honorary societies and author of numerous publications, Dr. Cowman also has leadership training from the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. Her background in formal science coupled with her multi-disciplinary experience in informal arts & science education makes her an ideal person to help the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History forge new partnerships with Texas A&M University and the Brazos Valley Arts Community. 

She and her husband live on 34 acres of Post Oak Savannah that they have restored for wildlife by working with Texas Parks and Wildlife, USDA, various University faculty, and local county agents. As part of this effort, they maintain a tall grass prairie and have also opened their home as a place of study for University natural history classes.

Dr. Cowman’s personal interests include music, origami, Native American art and history, photography, and graphic design.