JessPorquez_webportrait

Title: Research Assistant

Email: porquezj@onid.orst.edu

Address:

Oregon State University
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Dr.
Newport, Oregon 97365

Education:

M.S. – Marine Reource Management, Oregon State University, 2016 
B.A. – Sociology, Chapman University, 2008

Research Interests: Marine spatial planning, ocean and estuarine ecology, conservation management, human/fisheries and ecosystem interaction, food web interactions.

Biography: Many things in my life have changed since the completion of my undergraduate degree, notebly a drastic shift in my career path from sociology to marine science. I moved to the Oregon coast in 2010 and began volunteering and working with Oregon SeaGrant extension at HMSC. This experience opened up other opportunities to learn and be involved in the OSU science community and I became enthralled.

My Master’s degree in Marine Resource Management allowed me to fuse my interests that lie in both natural and social science. My project examined various marine habitat features and environmental drivers to explain spatial patterns of seabird distribution off of the Central Oregon Coast. I am also interested in shared space in the ocean and will compare bird distribution to other uses—commercial shipping, fishing, and recreational--to determine overlap.  After completing my MS degree in 2016, I continued working with SOL on a wide variety of projects and am currently focusing on at-sea seabird surveys and remote monitoring of Leach's Storm-Petrel nesting on islands off the southern Oregon coast.