Carl M. Maresh, PhD

Chair, Human Sciences, Ohio State University (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Carl Maresh, a world leader in exercise science, chairs the Department of Human Sciences. He brings a wealth of administrative expertise to Ohio State from the University of Connecticut, where he directed the Human Performance Laboratory for almost 30 years and led the Kinesiology Department for 14.

Dr. Maresh began conducting research in 1972. Until 1985 his research interests involved physiological responses to exercise in young, middle-age and older adults, the influence of lifestyle and rehabilitation on myocardial function, responses to marathon performance, adaptations to moderate and high terrestrial elevations, biochemical markers of stress in military personnel, and responses to 60-Hz electrical fields. At the University of Connecticut, his research has involved the influence of menstrual phase and menstrual status on exercise performance, dietary supplementation, fluid regulation and thermal stress, and immune and endocrine responses to various exercise and environmental perturbations. To date, he has over 200 published peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 300 published abstracts. His extramural funding has been secured from corporate, professional, and government agencies, totally over 10 million dollars. Dr. Maresh serves as a manuscript reviewer for 13 different scientific journals, and has served on Peer Review Panels for the DOD, NASA, and NIH. Among numerous contributions to the University of Connecticut, he served on the Institutional Review Board for 16 years and was chair of that committee for 9 years. At UConn he has been the major advisor to 18 completed PhD students and 75 completed master’s students.

Dr. Maresh is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a past member of the National Board of Trustees (Basic and Applied Science) for ACSM. He is also an Active Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Among his other professional memberships are the American Physiological Society, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and PRIM&R.


Ph.D., Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, 1981

M.S., Exercise Physiology, Calif. State Univ., Fullerton, 1973

B.S., Physical Education, Calif. State Univ., Fullerton, 1971

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Contact Information
Mailing AddressThe Ohio State University
Department of Human Sciences
PAES Building, First Floor
305 W. 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210