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Oregon Sea Grant
08/13/2020

Oregon Sea Grant

Grad student work isn't always sexy. Sometimes it involves fish guts. Just ask Claire Rosemond. Here she is in Newport dissecting a black rockfish as part of her research. Claire is a doctoral student in the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

In 2019, the NOAA Fisheries Service and the National Sea Grant College Program awarded her a fellowship to conduct her research. Claire aims to understand how oceanographic conditions affect the the reproductive capacity of black rockfish in the northeast Pacific. Learn about the fellowship at bit.ly/2ZjstHJ.

(photo by Renee Doran)

College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University

Congratulations, Vic!
08/11/2020

Congratulations, Vic!

Congratulations to Victoria Quennessen! The National Sea Grant College Program and NOAA Fisheries Service have awarded her a three-year fellowship in marine population and ecosystem dynamics. Victoria is a master's student in the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University. She will defend her thesis later this month.

As a doctoral student at Oregon State University, Victoria plans to use computational simulations to see if sea turtles can adapt fast enough to survive as rising beach temperatures result in fewer, and maybe not enough, males being born. Learn about the fellowship at bit.ly/2ZjstHJ.

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

Is anyone watching Shark Week? Have you learned anything new and exciting? This Friday FW faculty Taylor Chapple will be...
08/11/2020

Is anyone watching Shark Week? Have you learned anything new and exciting?

This Friday FW faculty Taylor Chapple will be helping to look at the predatory strategy of sleeper sharks.

Alien Sharks, 8pm Aug 14 on the Discovery Channel.

Our annual graduate research symposium is going virtual! Research Advances in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Ecology is finall...
05/26/2020

Our annual graduate research symposium is going virtual!

Research Advances in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Ecology is finally upon us! Please join us this Thursday and Friday for our yearly research symposium on fisheries, wildlife, and ecology. Registration is FREE and open to all! Register here: HTTPS://BEAV.ES/4BS

Posters and talks will be presented by undergraduate and graduate students from various OSU colleges and departments on a wide variety of topics under the umbrella of fisheries, wildlife, and ecology. Please stop by and see what our OSU students are working on, rub elbows and ask questions at our networking event, take in a plenary talk given by the Integrative Biology Department's very own Dr. Dave Lytle, or hang out with us at our live auction and social hour!

A full agenda and link for registration can be found on the website.

Chris Cousins, a graduate student in the Garcia lab, came in third in the OSU Grad Research Photo Contest. A Columbia to...
05/08/2020

Chris Cousins, a graduate student in the Garcia lab, came in third in the OSU Grad Research Photo Contest.

A Columbia torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton kezeri) perched on a mossy, streamside log looks out over its domain, facing an uncertain future. This species of salamander is endemic to the Pacific Northwest, where it inhabits cold, fast-flowing headwater streams. Habitat loss and and alteration, along with climate change, are threatening the persistence of this species. This photograph was taken during rangewide surveys to assist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's decision to list this species by the Endangered Species act. This effort is led by OSU alumni Dr. Lindsey Thurman (USGS), and also supported by OSU faculty Dr. Tiffany Garcia, OSU Alumni Dr. Brooke Penaluna (USFS), and Dr. Dede Olson (USFS). Don't let its small size deceive you, this species plays an important role in the ecosystem it inhabits! This amphibian is active both in streams and riparian forests, making it an important link in the flow of nutrients between the two systems. Many of the streams they occupy are fishless, and as a result, salamanders are often the ecologically dominant vertebrates in these stream food webs and can have large impacts on the macroinvertebrate community.

Macroinvertebrates feed on leaf litter and other organic matter. Together, this intricate food web contributes to carbon storage and a local reduction in atmospheric CO2. OSU PhD student Christopher Cousins' research seeks to discover the ecological role that salamanders play in Pacific Northwest forests. By giving tangible ecological values to these amphibians, we can better understand what the forests would be like without them, and how the rippling effects would change our world.

Good news for college wildlife programs, including ours! Working on a similar partnership with American Fisheries Societ...
04/13/2020
NAUFWP Becomes a TWS Strategic Partner | THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY

Good news for college wildlife programs, including ours! Working on a similar partnership with American Fisheries Society.

https://wildlife.org/naufwp-becomes-a-tws-strategic-partner/?utm_source=getresponse&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ewildlifer_renewal_thismonth_expires_professional_members&utm_content=This+Week%27s+eWildlifer+%26+TWS+Talks

NAUFWP Becomes a TWS Strategic Partner Posted on April 3, 2020 The National Association of University Fisheries and Wildlife Programs has become a Strategic Partner of The Wildlife Society. ©Ryan Hagerty/USFWS The National Association of University Fisheries and Wildlife Programs (NAUFWP) has becom...

Help us improve our program! As alumni your insight on your experiences here in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife...
03/06/2020

Help us improve our program! As alumni your insight on your experiences here in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is valued. What did you wind up doing after earning your bachelor’s degree?

Complete our Survey of Grads for a chance to win a $50 gift card!

fw.oregonstate.edu/surveyofgrads

Marine Mammal Institute
02/21/2020
Marine Mammal Institute

Marine Mammal Institute

MMI Associate Director Scott Baker was a member of the scientific team documenting the return of great whales to the former whaling center of South Georgia Island.

OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center
OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University

Caleb, the current @oregonstate Bird Nerds president talking to conference goers at the #WillametteValleyBirdSymposium. ...
01/26/2020

Caleb, the current @oregonstate Bird Nerds president talking to conference goers at the #WillametteValleyBirdSymposium. ⁣

If you're interested in a future in ornithology, Oregon State has an extensive program. You can read more about all that we offer at fw.oregonstate.edu/flock 🦉🦅🦆

We have robust teaching collections housed in our department. Today a small percentage of our bird specimens are on disp...
01/25/2020

We have robust teaching collections housed in our department. Today a small percentage of our bird specimens are on display. Our fish, mammal, and bird collections are used in our academic courses and at outreach events like the #WillametteValleyBirdSymposium. ⁣

Can you name the bird in the last photo? @ Oregon State University

01/25/2020

Barred owl dissection at Willamette Valley Bird Symposium

Ryan Baumbusch's talk is on barred owl stomach contents and how those diet discoveries can inform conservation efforts o...
01/25/2020

Ryan Baumbusch's talk is on barred owl stomach contents and how those diet discoveries can inform conservation efforts of spotted owls. Turns out barred owls really like to eat salamanders.

We will be live streaming a barred owl dissection shortly on our page.

Acoustic recordings are a useful data method that we use in many of our research projects in our department. They allow ...
01/25/2020

Acoustic recordings are a useful data method that we use in many of our research projects in our department. They allow collection of large amounts of data with minimal disturbances to wildlife. ⁣

Jill Tengeres is working on a project in Alaska using passive acoustic recordings for monitoring occupancy and abundance of Aleutian Tern colonies.

According to Tyler Dungannon, his approach to his talk today is "winging it". He is the first of six talks from our depa...
01/25/2020

According to Tyler Dungannon, his approach to his talk today is "winging it".

He is the first of six talks from our department today!

01/25/2020

Chintimini Wildlife Center live bird demonstration!

We are live streaming the symposium today so if you can't be here in person you can join us on Zoom! https://oregonstate...
01/25/2020
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We are live streaming the symposium today so if you can't be here in person you can join us on Zoom!

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It's a nice day for a bird symposium. Is anyone at the Willamette Valley Bird Symposium today? We'll be taking photos an...
01/25/2020

It's a nice day for a bird symposium. Is anyone at the Willamette Valley Bird Symposium today?

We'll be taking photos and live streaming some
of today's demonstrations!

It's Friday afternoon so take a little scroll through the depths of our oceans. Is there anything on this list that surp...
01/17/2020
The Deep Sea

It's Friday afternoon so take a little scroll through the depths of our oceans. Is there anything on this list that surprised you?

Scroll down the deep sea in this interactive page.

"After nearly two decades of research and monitoring efforts, the Grouper Moon team has just published some of our key r...
01/08/2020
REEF Reef Environmental Education Foundation

"After nearly two decades of research and monitoring efforts, the Grouper Moon team has just published some of our key results in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science."

Scott Heppell has been heavily involved with this project, and the recovery results are an exciting and motivating beacon for conservation. Thank you for all of your hard work, Grouper Moon.

We are thrilled to share an exciting update from the Grouper Moon Project. After nearly two decades of research and monitoring efforts, the Grouper Moon team has just published some of our key results in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

For the paper, researchers used tagging and video survey data to estimate changes in the number of aggregating Nassau Grouper. In both Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, Nassau Grouper aggregations have more than tripled in response to adaptive management by the Cayman Islands government. On Little Cayman, the aggregating population grew from around 1,200 fish in 2009 to over 7,000 in 2018. This study is the first to show sustained recovery of Nassau Grouper populations following fisheries-induced collapse.

REEF initiated the Grouper Moon Project in 2001 in collaboration with the Cayman Islands Department of Environment, and it has become one of our flagship programs. We work in partnership with scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Oregon State University. The project is the Caribbean’s oldest continuous grouper spawning aggregation research program, and represents one of the most advanced, multi-faceted tropical fisheries research programs in the world.

The journal, and the academic community, have dubbed the program a rare conservation success story for the critically endangered Nassau Grouper.

You can read the full scientific study here: https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/01/01/1917132117

Aggregation photo by Josh Stewart, (c)Grouper Moon Project.

Scott Heppell helps to save an endangered species in the Cayman Islands 👍
01/02/2020
Taking Stock: Collaboration Aids Nassau Grouper Recovery in Cayman Islands

Scott Heppell helps to save an endangered species in the Cayman Islands 👍

When writing about a species that reproduces in a massive annual gathering, in which thousands of frenzied, 20-pound fish jostle in the swift ocean current, clouding the water with sperm and eggs, it is tempting to use sex to catch your reader’s attention.

"The important result was that it's not all about salmon abundance," said Johnny Armstrong, a professor and ecologist at...
01/02/2020
Small streams play critical role in survival of brown bears, study finds | CBC News

"The important result was that it's not all about salmon abundance," said Johnny Armstrong, a professor and ecologist at Oregon State University, noting the diversity of fish and where they spawn also plays a key role.
College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University

A new stud says while small streams are home to only about 20 per cent of the salmon in the Wood River basin watershed, they account for half of the salmon brown bears eat.

Congratulations to Scott Heppell for winning the R.M. Wade Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented by the College of...
12/26/2019

Congratulations to Scott Heppell for winning the R.M. Wade Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented by the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University The award will be presented at the Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon at the end of February.

Congratulations to Liz Kelly for winning the F.E. Price/Agricultural Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Student...
12/26/2019

Congratulations to Liz Kelly for winning the F.E. Price/Agricultural Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Student Advising and Counceling, presented by the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University. The award will be presented at the Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon at the end of February.

Congratulations to Ivan Arismendi for winning the Savery Outstanding Young Faculty Award, presented by the College of Ag...
12/26/2019

Congratulations to Ivan Arismendi for winning the Savery Outstanding Young Faculty Award, presented by the College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University. The award will be presented at the Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon at the end of February.

Marine Mammal Institute
12/23/2019
Marine Mammal Institute

Marine Mammal Institute

Dr. Daniel Palacios was recently interviewed by Dr. Chris Parsons for the Marine Mammal Science Podcast. Listen to the episode here, "Tracking Whales via Satellite Tags."

OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University
OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center

Selina Heppell discusses her research, describes her department's strategy for the future, and reflects on better ways t...
12/11/2019
#24 Teaching the Next Generation of Conservationists

Selina Heppell discusses her research, describes her department's strategy for the future, and reflects on better ways to attract, train, inspire, and support the next generation of wildlife professionals. College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University

Nov 6, 2019 - Great conversation with Selina Heppell, the Chair of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. Selina discusses her research, describes her department's strategy for the future, and reflects on better ways to attract, train, inspire, and support the next gene...

Oregon State University Extension Service
12/11/2019
Oregon State University Extension Service

Oregon State University Extension Service

Extension's wildlife specialist Dana Sanchez in the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife shows how songbirds are studied at Snag Boat Bend in Linn County.

Beginning December 9th our department will be collecting donations for the Food Pantry at HSRC (Human Services Resource ...
12/11/2019

Beginning December 9th our department will be collecting donations for the Food Pantry at HSRC (Human Services Resource Center) that assists food insecure students, staff and community members. The HSRC staff were elated to hear of our interest! They’re located in the Champinefu Lodge, 1030 SW Madison Ave; more information about eligibility and the program at studentlife.oregonstate.edu.

Partnering with Linn-Benton Food Share, the food pantry offers 3-4 shopping style events per month, plus emergency food boxes as necessary. Clients select from fresh, frozen & canned goods, sometimes with fun surprises like hiking supplies or spices.

Our plan: the shelves have been pretty bare this season, so cash donations will be very much appreciated, and of course any fresh produce (?) or non-perishable store-bought food items will be welcome. Emily has a box for food items at the front desk, and will also accept cash or check donations. Please write checks to the OSU Foundation, with designation to the HSRC food pantry.

We’d like to deliver our gifts by the end of the quarter – so get your gifts in soon.

Our department has a tradition of great generosity – let’s see what we can do this year!
If you have any questions, please direct them to Judy Li ([email protected])

It's standing room only at the last EECB seminar of the fall term. You can tune in online through Zoom at beav.es/ZB4!
12/06/2019

It's standing room only at the last EECB seminar of the fall term. You can tune in online through Zoom at beav.es/ZB4!

12/02/2019
College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University

College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University

DEAD WEEK!! Come check out the skulls and skeletons of Oregon's gnarliest creatures!

Our Natural History Collection has thousands of specimens, and Oregon State University students like Russell and Dustin Campbell will tell you all about them!

TONIGHT! Cordley 1109, 6-10pm. Free & open to public.

OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Our undergraduate Ecampus program has won the Online Learning Consortium’s prestigious John R. Bourne Outstanding Online...
11/20/2019
Oregon State’s fisheries and wildlife online program earns prestigious national award - Oregon State Ecampus News

Our undergraduate Ecampus program has won the Online Learning Consortium’s prestigious John R. Bourne Outstanding Online Program Award.

Thank you to the OLC and to our students, faculty, instructors, and advisors that help make this program as wonderful and as successful as it is.

It's been an amazing ten years of our distance learning program. We can't wait to see what the next ten will bring!

Oregon State University's fisheries and wildlife sciences online bachelor’s program won the Online Learning Consortium’s Outstanding Online Program Award.

Marine Mammal Institute
11/18/2019
Marine Mammal Institute

Marine Mammal Institute

Using drones deployed in the air and GoPros underwater, Oregon State University marine ecologist Leigh Torres recently completed her fourth field season documenting previously unseen behaviors of gray whales off the Oregon coast.

The research from Torres this past field season was funded with proceeds from the sale of an Oregon license plate featuring gray whales. The Marine Mammal Institute receives proceeds from the sale of the Oregon gray whale license plates and uses the funds for marine mammal research, education, and conservation.

College of Agricultural Sciences - Oregon State University
OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center

Is Nash Hall on campus or in the middle of a forest? It honestly could go either way. What's the weather like where you ...
11/07/2019

Is Nash Hall on campus or in the middle of a forest? It honestly could go either way. What's the weather like where you are? 🍂🌳🌲☁️

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From a FW Alum: Please help anyone who can! Of all the casualties of Covid-19, please let the Alaska Sea Life Center not be one of them!
ODFW is partnering with OSU and Ducks Unlimited to run a college duck hunting workshop this Saturday, January 11. We have a few slots still open! Iif anyone is intersted in lernign about the connection between hunting, conservation and fish and wildlife management. We will cover duck hunting tactics, shoot clays and share a warm BBQ lunch and group discussion. This workshop is designed for OSU students with little to zero hunting experience. To register or get more information, nplease contact me ASAP. Location: EE Wilson Wildlife Area Date: Saturday, January 11, 2020 Time: 8am - 5pm Cost: $20 Event Contact: Brandon Dyches (ODFW), [email protected], 971-707-0098
Anyone know what's killing the catfish below Fall Creek dam. There is a bunch of them dead. Just one hole has about 200 fish in it
Hello everyone! I am trying to sell my books for CH 130 and GEO 308. If you are interested please message me! Thanks!
Has anyone taken the summer session of Chem 122? I was wondering how difficult it was since it's only 4 weeks long.
I'm hiring 2 USGS technicians for an upcoming field season (Apr - July) to assist me with amphibian/eDNA research based out of Corvallis (fieldwork throughout OR & WA), in collaboration with Dr. Tiffany Garcia and USFS researchers. We are looking for upper-level students, or recent graduates (preferred) that may be interested. Please see the attached posting for more info.
Anyone interested in bat surveys in the Wyoming?
I have some background in drawing, but I am looking for tips from any of my wildlife biologists in how to get better at wildlife sketching for my field journals. Is there a particular course, or book or video tutorials that you have used to become faster at sketching. I have taken a couple of courses in it, and have a few books in the matter, but I feel like I should be faster when I'm on the field. In the past, I would draw off of pictures I took in the field or while hiking.
Fisheries & Wildlife Students, If you are interested in a wonderful volunteer opportunity, check out the Linn Benton Salmon Watch Program! Salmon Watch is an experiential field trip program led by the Calapooia Watershed Council, Benton Soil & Water Conservation District, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Siuslaw National Forest, South Santiam Watershed Council and local teachers. We are currently in need of volunteers to lead field stations at our field trips this fall. Stations include Salmon Biology, Aquatic Macroinvertebrates, Riparian Ecology & Water Quality. Sign up for one of our upcoming volunteer trainings at http://www.lbsw.org/volunteer/.
I went to the Neosho National Fish Hatchery in Neosho, MO today and was super amused by the viewing bubble UNDER the aquarium in the visitor's center. The Pallid Sturgeon gets super close at the end and does a trick!
Found this little gem while browsing through YouTube.
Hey everyone, I've been trying hard to find people who hold a Professional Wetland Scientist certification through the Society for Wetland Professionals to act as references for me to obtain my Wetland Professional in training certification, but have not had any luck yet. Does anyone here hold a PWS or know someone who does (and would be willing to act as a reference for me)? Thanks! Andrew