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Marcy Brown Marsden

Dean, McCoy College of Science, Mathematics and Engineering, Midwestern State University

Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden is dean of the McCoy College of Science, Mathematics and Engineering at Midwestern State University.  She previously served as a Biology faculty member for 18 years at the University of Dallas, and in administration an associate dean and Biology department chairman.  At MSU she has taught nonmajors biology courses, upper-level and graduate-level biology, and in the Redwine Honors Program.  In administration she has served on numerous search committees, chaired accreditation planning and compliance committees, has been a Title IX investigator and monitored environmental regulations compliance, and is currently member of budget oversight, strategic enrollment, and faculty workload committees.

Dr. Brown Marsden is a field biologist working in partnership with local, state, and national organizations at the interface between science and society, with applications toward ecotourism and conservation.  After previous research projects in Alaska, on Alcatraz Island, and in Costa Rica, she currently studies the rare nonphotosynthetic orchid Hexalectris in Texas.  As a researcher she has consulted on exhibits for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Trinity River Audubon Center and Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center.  She has interest in birds in art and has worked with the Wichita Falls Museum of Art and conducted a study for the Dallas Museum of Art for the birds of the Wittgenstein Vitrine by Carl Otto Czeschka.  Dr. Brown Marsden frequently serves as a consultant for parks projects, including park design for the cities of Dallas, Southlake, Irving, and Wichita Falls.

Off campus, Dr. Brown Marsden has served on the boards of nonprofit and city organizations.  She was given the Callison Award in 2003 by Audubon for her contributions to environmental public policy through her board service.  She chaired the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Board and the Irving Tree Board and is a current chair of the Parks Board for the City of Wichita Falls and member of the Lake Wichita Revitalization Committee.  In 2011 she was named a “cool scientist” for D Magazine’s series on Dallas’ Big Thinkers.  Nationally she frequently serves on the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship panel in Washington, D.C.

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