Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon Sea Grant Science serving Oregon's coast Based at Oregon State University since 1971, Oregon Sea Grant funds research, outreach, scholarships and K-12 marine education.

We also run the public education wing at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Mission: "We apply the best available science to timely and important marine issues, and engage with coastal stakeholders to help them reach informed decisions. We support scientific excellence and innovation, foster new generations of marine scientists and encourage ocean science literacy among people of all ages."

Operating as usual

If you're at the Oregon coast, be careful. Sneaker waves are predicted Nov. 13-14 on the north coast, followed by high "...
11/13/2020

If you're at the Oregon coast, be careful. Sneaker waves are predicted Nov. 13-14 on the north coast, followed by high "king tides" Nov. 15-17. Go to oregonkingtides.net to learn how you can help document these high tides by photographing them.

11/10/2020
Careers in Science: Saskia Madlener

Saskia Madlener has found a way to combine her passions for filmmaking and social and environmental issues. In this webinar hosted by Oregon Sea Grant, she talks about how she now produces videos about science-related subjects for Oregon State University and its Marine Studies Initiative.

Saskia earned a bachelor's degree from BucknellU and a master's from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences - Oregon State University. In graduate school, she filmed a short documentary about glaciers in Greenland. After graduating, she moved to New York and created her own film and video production company and later worked for ScienceMedia.nl in the Netherlands.

Hosted by Oregon Sea Grant, this webinar is for students who want to explore careers in marine science. This webinar features Saskia Madlener, a self-taught ...

The worms can reduce a forest’s leaf litter by 95% in a single season, says Sam Chan, an invasive species specialist wit...
11/10/2020
Jumping ‘snake worms’ are invading U.S. forests

The worms can reduce a forest’s leaf litter by 95% in a single season, says Sam Chan, an invasive species specialist with Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Sam is also a professor in the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University and he's an ex officio member of the Oregon Invasive Species Council.

These bad-news invaders are spreading across the United States. As they turn forest debris into bare ground, soils and ecosystems are changing.

Our octopus is so helpful. Here she is giving our aquarist Colleen Hill a hand (or arm) with vacuuming the gravel in her...
11/04/2020

Our octopus is so helpful. Here she is giving our aquarist Colleen Hill a hand (or arm) with vacuuming the gravel in her tank at Oregon Sea Grant's Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center.

The National Sea Grant College Program is now accepting applications for its John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships, w...
11/04/2020

The National Sea Grant College Program is now accepting applications for its John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships, which place current or recent graduate students in legislative offices and federal agencies in the D.C. area for a year. Deadline is Feb. 19. If you're in Oregon, apply through Oregon Sea Grant at bit.ly/2kH0nnC. An informational webinar will be held Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. Pacific time. Register at bit.ly/3mTbLr1.

Pictured here is Oregon State University alum Eva Lipiec, who was a 2016 Knauss Fellow with the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. (photo by Dylan McDowell)

Graduate School - Oregon State University, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences - Oregon State University, College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University

11/03/2020
Careers in Science: Selene Fregosi

Have your ever heard a blue whale? How about a fin whale or a humpback whale? Selene Fregosi plays recordings of these sounds and others in this webinar from Oregon Sea Grant. Selene is a postdoc in the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies, a partnership between Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

She talks about how she uses underwater microphones to record the sounds of whales and see where the animals are and how noise pollution may affect them. Selene received her master's and doctoral degrees from OSU in 2015 and 2020, respectively. She was in the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University.

Marine Mammal Institute

Hosted by Oregon Sea Grant, this webinar is for students who want to explore careers in marine science. This webinar features Selene Fregosi, a postdoctoral ...

11/03/2020
Careers in Science: Victoria Quennessen

Victoria Quennessen, a doctoral student in the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University, loves sea turtles. And now she's researching them. In this webinar, she talks about how she plans to use computer simulations to see if the population of green sea turtles off Brazil can adapt to rising beach temperatures. Vic also explains how as a master's student in the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, she coded computer models to predict how populations of certain fish off Oregon would react under various regulations.

The daughter of French immigrants, Vic also describes how as a first-generation college student she navigated the path to higher education. Earlier this year, the National Sea Grant College Program and the NOAA Fisheries Service awarded her a three-year fellowship in marine population and ecosystem dynamics.

Graduate School - Oregon State University

Hosted by Oregon Sea Grant, this webinar is for students who want to explore careers in marine science. As a doctoral student in the department of fisheries ...

Tomorrow is the last day to register for Oregon Sea Grant's annual #StateOfTheCoast conference, which takes place online...
11/01/2020

Tomorrow is the last day to register for Oregon Sea Grant's annual #StateOfTheCoast conference, which takes place online Nov. 5-6. Sign up at bit.ly/2lVukAF for the free event.

Oregon Sea Grant is accepting applications from graduate students for a fellowship that will help Oregon's coastal towns...
10/29/2020

Oregon Sea Grant is accepting applications from graduate students for a fellowship that will help Oregon's coastal towns deal with climate change, erosion, earthquakes and tsunamis. Activities will build on the work of Pat Corcoran, who was our coastal hazards specialist until his retirement this year.

Apply by Nov. 20. Applicants can be from any U.S. or international college but must be U.S. citizens. Oregon Sea Grant will provide at least $50,000 for the year. Learn more at bit.ly/31UjMnu.

📷: Tiffany Woods

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences - Oregon State University, Marine Studies Initiative

It's #nationalcatday and we're celebrating these furry, 10-pound paperweights that are taking up space on our desks -- b...
10/29/2020

It's #nationalcatday and we're celebrating these furry, 10-pound paperweights that are taking up space on our desks -- but bringing us so much joy and serotonin. Thank you, #catsofseagrant 😻

Pictured here are the adorable kitties from Amanda Gladics, our fisheries Extension specialist in Astoria; Maureen Collson, the manager of our Hatfield Visitor Center in Newport; Tracy Crews, the manager of our marine education program; and Tiffany Woods, our communications manager. 🐈

10/28/2020
Careers in Science: Clara Bird

#ICYMI here's Oregon Sea Grant's career day webinar featuring Clara Bird, a doctoral student in the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University. Clara talks about her journey from high school in Michigan to OSU's Marine Mammal Institute where she's using drones to film gray whales off the coast of Oregon so she can analyze their body condition and behavior.

Hosted by Oregon Sea Grant, this webinar is for students in grades 9-12 who want to explore careers in marine science. Clara Bird talks about her journey to ...

Oregon Sea Grant's marine mammals specialist, Leigh Torres, will speak about her lab's research on gray whales off Orego...
10/28/2020

Oregon Sea Grant's marine mammals specialist, Leigh Torres, will speak about her lab's research on gray whales off Oregon during our annual #StateOfTheCoast conference, which takes place online Nov. 5-6. The event is free, but you must register by Nov. 2 at bit.ly/2lVukAF.

Leigh is also with OSU's Marine Mammal Institute, the Oregon State University Extension Service, and the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University.

Oct. 30 is the last day to apply for a part-time, temporary job managing Oregon Sea Grant's main Facebook, Twitter & Ins...
10/28/2020

Oct. 30 is the last day to apply for a part-time, temporary job managing Oregon Sea Grant's main Facebook, Twitter & Instagram accounts. Can work remotely. Apply at bit.ly/2H61HM8. #journojobs #scicomm #scicommjobs #socialmediajobs

Are you an Oregon State University undergrad interested in marine studies and looking for funding? If so, check out thes...
10/22/2020

Are you an Oregon State University undergrad interested in marine studies and looking for funding? If so, check out these two $7,000 fellowships from the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies: bit.ly/2TvbIFf. Apply by Nov. 15.

Marine Studies Initiative

Registration for Oregon Sea Grant's annual #StateOfTheCoast conference is open. You must register by Nov. 2 at bit.ly/2l...
10/22/2020

Registration for Oregon Sea Grant's annual #StateOfTheCoast conference is open. You must register by Nov. 2 at bit.ly/2lVukAF to attend the free, online event, which will take place Nov. 5-6.

Oregon Sea Grant aims to hire a fiscal officer. The position is open only to current and recent members of the Oregon St...
10/21/2020

Oregon Sea Grant aims to hire a fiscal officer. The position is open only to current and recent members of the Oregon State University community. Deadline to apply is Nov. 9. Apply at bit.ly/2Th33Gi.

This person oversees the fiscal management of about 50 grant-funded projects annually totaling $4-5 million. The position also assists researchers in preparing proposals for grants.

Oregon Sea Grant aims to hire a part-time, temporary social media specialist to manage our main Facebook, Twitter and In...
10/19/2020

Oregon Sea Grant aims to hire a part-time, temporary social media specialist to manage our main Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Can work remotely. Apply at bit.ly/2H61HM8. Deadline is Oct. 30.

👏 Congratulations to Oregon Sea Grant's Sarah Kolesar, North Carolina Sea Grant's Jane Harrison, and Mona Behl with UGA ...
10/16/2020

👏 Congratulations to Oregon Sea Grant's Sarah Kolesar, North Carolina Sea Grant's Jane Harrison, and Mona Behl with UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. The Sea Grant Association has recognized them for their work in leading the National Sea Grant College Program's efforts on supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn more about Sea Grant's commitment to DEI at bit.ly/2HZcGEM.

Pictured here: Sarah Kolesar (right), the leader of Oregon Sea Grant's research and scholars program, listens to Ariana de Souza, a participant in Oregon Sea Grant's 2019 summer scholars internship program, talk about her research on seagrass. (photo by Tiffany Woods)

We have a new doctor in the house! Congrats to Portland State University's Britta Baechler on successfully defending her...
10/16/2020

We have a new doctor in the house! Congrats to Portland State University's Britta Baechler on successfully defending her doctoral dissertation today. She studied microplastics in oysters and razor clams in Oregon and also helped create an exhibit at the Oregon Coast Aquarium on microplastics. Part of her research was funded by Oregon Sea Grant. Britta is now a senior manager of ocean plastic research at the Ocean Conservancy. Here's a shot from her Zoom presentation today.

👏 Congratulations to Janet (Shu Min) Yang on receiving a Robert E. Malouf marine studies scholarship from Oregon Sea Gra...
10/15/2020

👏 Congratulations to Janet (Shu Min) Yang on receiving a Robert E. Malouf marine studies scholarship from Oregon Sea Grant. Janet is in the environmental sciences program in the Graduate School - Oregon State University. Her doctoral research will focus on people who visit museums and aquariums to see how cultural and historical contexts might affect their learning experiences.

Janet is studying under Shawn Rowe, a professor in the College of Education - Oregon State University, and is working toward a career as a research curator, focused on science education at a major science museum. She earned a bachelor's from National Taiwan University and a master's from Duke University.

Learn about the Malouf scholarship at bit.ly/2I1dlWb.

👏 Congratulations to Mee-ya Monnin on receiving a Robert E. Malouf marine studies scholarship from Oregon Sea Grant. Mee...
10/15/2020

👏 Congratulations to Mee-ya Monnin on receiving a Robert E. Malouf marine studies scholarship from Oregon Sea Grant. Mee-ya is a master's student in fisheries science in the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University. She is studying the feasibility of using photos and videos to monitor the quantity, types and sizes of bottom fish that recreational fishermen catch close to Oregon's shore. She plans to collaborate with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Mee-ya earned a bachelor's in fisheries and wildlife sciences in 2014 as an undergraduate in the Honors College - Oregon State University. During that time, she spent two seasons at McMurdo Station in Antarctica studying Weddell seals.

Learn about the Malouf scholarship at bit.ly/2I1dlWb.

Graduate School - Oregon State University, OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

10/08/2020
Octopus sheds skin on suckers

Here's a fun fact for #WorldOctopusDay: Octopuses shed the skin on their suckers. Here's a video of our octopus at Oregon Sea Grant's Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center doing just that as she grooms herself.

Want to see the latest journal articles, theses, webinars and videos from Oregon Sea Grant's staff and supported researc...
10/08/2020

Want to see the latest journal articles, theses, webinars and videos from Oregon Sea Grant's staff and supported researchers and students? Check them out at bit.ly/3iOrIwg.

Included is a video on how to can tuna, featuring Oregon Sea Grant Fisheries Extension's Amanda Gladics (shown here on right). (photo by Kimberly Jacobsen)

Learn to prepare for an earthquake and tsunami with a new, free, online course from the Oregon State University Extensio...
10/07/2020

Learn to prepare for an earthquake and tsunami with a new, free, online course from the Oregon State University Extension Service. Pat Corcoran, who was a coastal hazards specialist with Oregon Sea Grant until his retirement this year, is one of the instructors. Go to beav.es/Cascadia, click "continue" and you'll be directed to a page where you can create an account to log in.

Lincoln County Extension Service, Oregon State University
Clatsop County 4-H & Extension Oregon
Oregon Office of Emergency Management

(photo by Tiffany Woods)

Oregon Sea Grant is seeking submissions from current and recent college students in Oregon for the juried research prese...
10/07/2020

Oregon Sea Grant is seeking submissions from current and recent college students in Oregon for the juried research presentations and art exhibits at our virtual #StateOfTheCoast conference on Nov. 5-6. Submissions are due Oct. 12.

Submission is open to undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates of Oregon colleges. Entries should have a connection to the marine or coastal environment and have relevance to Oregon coastal communities. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Oct. 21. Learn more at bit.ly/2lVukAF.

Pictured here: Abi Pittman shows her art at last year's conference. (photo by Tiffany Woods)

Congratulations to Emily Koch! Her internship this summer at Pacific Seafood has landed her a job at the company. Emily,...
10/05/2020

Congratulations to Emily Koch! Her internship this summer at Pacific Seafood has landed her a job at the company. Emily, who is studying chemical engineering in the College of Engineering - Oregon State University, competed with 20 other interns for a full-time job after graduation. Until she graduates next year, she'll continue to work at the company part time, helping it standardize its management of sanitation chemicals at its processing facilities and reduce its chemical footprint.

Emily's internship was organized by Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon DEQ and funded by U.S. EPA, Region 10. Learn about the paid, 10-week Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience internship program at bit.ly/2Grktfg.

Seafood Oregon

Caren Braby, the marine program manager with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said getting boats on the water...
10/02/2020
Crab industry, state continue plans to avoid whale entanglement

Caren Braby, the marine program manager with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said getting boats on the water earlier and reducing the amount of gear later in the season when whales are moving off the coast through fishing areas is key to avoiding entanglement issues.

New regulations for commercial Dungeness crab fishermen in Oregon aim to get boats on the water earlier in the season and reduce the amount of gear to avoid tangling with

It's Oct. 1 so that means you can officially light your pumpkin spice candle. Let the nesting season -- and all things p...
10/02/2020

It's Oct. 1 so that means you can officially light your pumpkin spice candle. Let the nesting season -- and all things pumpkin -- begin! 🍂🍁

(photo by Tiffany Woods)

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host online public meetings Oct. 8 and 22 to solicit input on designing ...
09/30/2020
Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry leading on reducing risks to whales

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host online public meetings Oct. 8 and 22 to solicit input on designing the next steps in efforts to reduce cases of whales entangled in crabbing gear. Oregon Sea Grant Fisheries Extension has been convening meetings of a working group on this topic. It has resulted in research that tracks where and when whales feed in Oregon waters.

Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, Newport Fishermen's Wives, Seafood Oregon, Charleston Fishing Families

Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife is asking commercial Dungeness crab industry representatives to help design the next steps in reducing risk of whale and sea turtle entanglements in crab fishing gear. ODFW is hosting virtual public meetings Oct. 8 and Oct. 22 to further develop the draft conservati...

Great turnout today for Oregon Sea Grant's webinar on coronaviruses in water. Here's a screenshot of our watersheds spec...
09/29/2020

Great turnout today for Oregon Sea Grant's webinar on coronaviruses in water. Here's a screenshot of our watersheds specialist Sam Chan from the Zoom presentation. He and his team talked about research on SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 in water and aerosols. The recorded webinar will be posted at volunteermonitoring.org/COVID.

UVM Extension, Lake Champlain Sea Grant

The video features tips from Kelly Streit, who is with OSU Extension Clackamas Family & Community Health Program, and Am...
09/29/2020
Learn to can tuna with new video

The video features tips from Kelly Streit, who is with OSU Extension Clackamas Family & Community Health Program, and Amanda Gladics, who is with Oregon Sea Grant Fisheries Extension.

This 12-minute video on canning tuna features tips from Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon State University Extension Service.

This story describes the relationship between a parasite, a worm and salmon in the Klamath River. Over the years, Oregon...
09/29/2020
How worms and a parasite harm salmon on the Klamath River — and how a new data portal may help

This story describes the relationship between a parasite, a worm and salmon in the Klamath River. Over the years, Oregon Sea Grant has funded Jerri Bartholomew's research on this topic. She is a professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University and the College of Science, Oregon State University.

Editor’s note: In July, the Bureau of Reclamation pledged $1.2 million to fund new scientific initiatives that will inform the agency’s management of the Klamath Project. This is the second

As summer comes to an end, the paid interns we supported reflect on their experiences and talk about their plans in thei...
09/29/2020

As summer comes to an end, the paid interns we supported reflect on their experiences and talk about their plans in their final blog posts. Keep an eye on these achievers. You may see them down the road conducting important marine research or working in natural resource management entities. Wherever the future leads them, we wish them all the best and thank them for all the work they did for their hosts. Their blog posts are at bit.ly/2xXix9F. (The first three posts are not from interns but from two graduate students and a natural resource policy fellow we support.) Pictured here is Rachel Hilt, who interned with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program.

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1600 SW Western Blvd, Ste 350
Corvallis, OR
97333

We are located in the University Plaza office building, on the southwest corner of Western Blvd. and 15th Street, just south of the main OSU campus. Corvallis Transit System buses stop at several nearby locations.

General information

Oregon Sea Grant is part of a nationwide network of 34 Sea Grant programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. We are based at Oregon State University, with additional offices at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and elsewhere on the Oregon coast.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(541) 737-2714

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Based at Oregon State University since 1971, we fund research, outreach, scholarships and K-12 education. We also run the public education wing at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.


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What's being done about kelp forest recovery in Oregon?
Congrats to the 5! OSG Knauss Fellowship finalists! Good luck in DC!