HSO is open to all students who conduct research or reside at HMSC for the completion of their degrees.

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We meet at least once per term to plan upcoming events. Meeting locations and times are shared on our email list (see below). 


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Membership is open to all students at Hatfield Marine Science Center and free. To join, please email HsO@oregonstate.edu. Don't forget to sign up for the email list!


Our current list of officers includes:


Members 2017-2018:

Kelia Axler, MS Integrative Biology

(Plankton Ecology Lab, PI: Su Sponaugle)

My research will examine the influence of river plume events and seasonal hypoxia on the distributions, growth, and survival of larval fishes in the Gulf of Mexico. This research is funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and will contribute to an improved ability to predict the impacts of environmental disturbances on the highly sensitive, early life stages of important fish communities.


Dawn Barlow, MS Fisheries & Wildlife

Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Lab (PI: Leigh Torres)
I am interested in the ecology and conservation of marine mammals, specifically how anthropogenic activity impacts marine mammals and the ecosystems they are part of. My research focus is on population dynamics and habitat use of blue whales in New Zealand's highly industrial South Taranaki Bight region. 


Lorne Curran, MS Student Fisheries & Wildlife

(Marine Fisheries Genetics Lab, PI: Michael Banks)

Phylogeography of the Yelloweye Rockfish along the U.S. West Coast: isolation by distance, potential effects of biogeographic breaks and sites of larval retainage, and deme-level selective adaptation. 


Jane Dolliver, MS Student Fisheries and Wildlife

Seabird Oceanography Lab (PI: Rob Suryan)

I use very high resolution satellite imagery to count nesting albatross from space, with the goal of applying these methods to estimate the population of breeding Short-tailed Albatross (Phoebastria albatrus) on the Senkaku Islands.


Evan Durland, PhD Student Fisheries and Wildlife

Langdon Lab (PI: Chris Langdon)

I am studying the genomic changes in oysters due to breeding and ocean acidification stress. We at OSU have been breeding oysters for the shellfish industry for the past 20 years, I'm trying to help us focus on targets for the next 20.


Will Fennie, PhD Integrative Biology

Plankton Ecology Lab (PI: Su Sponaugle)

Interested in understanding how Oregon's marine protected areas affect the diets, growth, and mortality of settled juvenile rockfishes.


Selene Fregosi, PhD Student Fisheries and Wildlife

ORCAA Bioacoustics Lab (PI: Holger Klinck)

My broad research interests are in behavioral ecology, particularly bioacoustics – from the basics of acoustic behavior to how animals respond to certain sound and the effects of noise on individuals and populations to using passive acoustics to learn about hard-to-study species. I prefer to do this through development and testing of novel acoustic technologies, such as autonomous recording platforms and animal mounted tags.


Miram Gleiber, PhD Student Integrative Biology

Sponaugle/Cowen Lab (PI: Su Sponaugle)

I am a PhD student working with the Sponaugle-Cowen Lab on an NSF-funded project: Observations of Subtropical Trophodynamics of Icthyoplankton in the Straits of Florida (OSTRICH). I am studying how small- to large-scale patchiness of zooplankton prey influence the larval fish community, and their predator-prey dynamics. I will be examining larval fish gut content, recent daily growth from otolith microstructure, and lipid composition to infer biological consequences of patchiness on larval fish growth and survival. My research at OSU is both a taxonomic and geographic transition from my prior work in zooplankton ecology. I completed a Master’s degree with Dr. Deborah Steinberg at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science studying long-term changes in the Western Antarctic Peninsula copepod community, due to rapid regional climate change. I also examined the role of copepods in carbon cycling, through grazing of phytoplankton and fecal pellet production and export.


Samara Haver, PhD Student Fisheries and Wildlife

Heppell Lab (PI: Scott Heppell)

I am interested in the impact of anthropogenic noise in the marine environment. In my graduate research, I am comparing seasonal and annual changes in low- and mid-frequency anthropogenic, biological, and geophysical noise among soundscapes in different regions of the Atlantic Ocean.


Dominique Kone, MS Student Marine Resource Management

Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (PI: Leigh Torres)

An ecological assessment of a potential sea otter reintroduction to the Oregon coast


Elizabeth Lee, MS Fisheries & Wildlife


O'Malley Lab (PI: Kathleen O Malley)

Research in genomic diversity among Dungeness crab recruits along the Oregon coast.


Stephanie Loredo, MS Fisheries & Wildlife

Seabird Oceanography Lab (PI: Rob Suryan & Don Lyons)

My research involves the use of small satellite transmitters to study the dispersal movement of common murres from a large breeding colony in Newport, OR and a prominent foraging site, the Columbia River plume area. By developing habitat-use models and describing dive activity in relation to time of day. sex, and varying ocean conditions, I hope to better understand murres' use of space both during the breeding and non-breeding time in northern California Current Ecosystem.


Angie Munguia, MS Student Fisheries & Wildlife

Miller Lab (PI: Jessica Miller)

My research interests lie in restoration ecology and how food web interactions can be influenced by ecosystem-based recovery efforts in freshwater and coastal systems. My graduate research focuses on characterizing the feeding ecology and food web interactions of ESA-listed interior Chinook salmon as they emigrate through the lower Columbia River and estuary. As part of a collaborative effort to evaluate ecological benefits of restoration actions for interior juvenile salmon in the LCR&E, diet and stable isotope analyses will be combined to determine the feeding habits and food sources of emigrating yearlings.


Brittany Scwartzkopf, PhD Student Fisheries & Wildlife

Hepell Lab (PI: Scott Heppell)

Comparing juvenile rockfish (Sebastes sp.) life history characteristics between estuaries in Oregon


Sheanna Steingass, PhD Candidate Fisheries and Wildlife

Pinniped Ecology Applied Research Lab (PI: Markus Horning)

I am investigating the behavioral ecology and spatial habitat utilization of harbor seals on the Oregon coast. For my PhD, I attached 24 satellite transmitters to adult harbor seals, and am using the data collected to create predictive and spatial habitat models of harbor seals. My research represents the first satellite telemetry study of harbor seals on the Oregon coast.


Kelsey Swieca, PhD Student Integrative Biology

Plankton Ecology Lab (PI: Su Sponaugle)

Research involves utilization of the In Situ Ichthyoplankton Imaging System (ISIIS) to investigate fine-to-coarse scale distributions of recreationally, commercially and ecological important larval fish in the California Current.