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 2018-2019:

Kelia (Keely) Axler, MS Integrative Biology

Plankton Ecology Lab (PI: Su Sponaugle)

My research examines the influence of oceanographic features such as river plumes and seasonal hypoxia on the distributions, growth, and survival of larval fishes in the Gulf of Mexico. This work aims to 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 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 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 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.


Heather Fulton-Bennett, PhD Integrative Biology

Intertidal Ecology Lab (PI: Bruce Menge)
My research focuses on the effects of ocean acidification on coralline algae and their associated invertebrate and algal communities. 


Miram Gleiber, PhD Integrative Biology

Plankton Ecology 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 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 Marine Resource Management

Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (PI: Leigh Torres)

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


Alexa Kownacki, PhD Fisheries & Wildlife

Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Lab (PI: Leigh Torres)

I research population health of coastal and offshore common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) located off of the California coast. My main interests are: marine vertebrate health, human-wildlife conflict, predator-prey interactions, conservation biology, and physiological ecology.


Elizabeth Lee, MS Fisheries & Wildlife

O'Malley Lab (PI: Kathleen O Malley)

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



Selene Fregosi, PhD 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.


Angie Munguia, MS 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.


Sarah Vojnovich, MS Biomedical Sciences

Hase Lab (PI: Claudia Hase)

For my research, I carry out infection studies with a bacterium, called Vibrio coralliilyticus, that infects corals and causes tissue necrosis by the release of a toxin. Current studies are typically done on coral fragments taken from the natural environment, but in order to help reduce wild coral takes, my research looks at the use of using anemones, Aiptasia pallida, as an alternative surrogate host species for future bacterial infection experiments with Vibrio coralliilyticus.


Victoria Quennessen, MS Fisheries and Wildlife

Fisheries Oceanography and Population Dynamics Lab (PI: Will White)

I use computational simulations to explore recent advances in the theory of transient dynamics. My research involves exploring the best use of information from within marine reserves to inform adaptive management, in order to promote population persistence and increase fishery yield.  


Brittany Scwartzkopf, PhD Fisheries & Wildlife

Hepell Lab (PI: Scott Heppell)

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


Kelsey Swieca, PhD 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. 


Megan Wilson, PhD Integrative Biology

Plankton Ecology Lab (PI: Su Sponaugle)

I am studying how demography affects the population dynamics of a nearshore groundfish, Cabezon (Scorpaenichthys marmoratus). My research focuses on aligning oceanographic and biological sources of variability across space and time with the individual characteristics of surviving organisms to address the question: Who is surviving and why? The answer(s) to this question will be informative to the sustainable, effective, and equitable management of marine populations.


Leila Lemos, PhD Fisheries & Wildlife

Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Lab (PI: Leigh Torres)

My research focuses on hormone variability of reproductive and stress-related hormones in gray whales along the Oregon coast and its relation to individual body condition, ambient noise and environmental remote sensing data. My interests are: cetacean health, physiology and ecology, conservation biology and anthropogenic impacts on wildlife.


Hillary Thalmann, MS Fisheries & Wildlife

Marine and Anadromous Fisheries Ecology Lab (PI: Jessica Miller)

I am broadly interested in the interaction of multiple climate stressors and their influence on the ecology and biogeography of marine fishes. My research focuses on the effects of thermal variability on the growth, phenology, and foraging of pre-recruit Pacific cod in the Gulf of Alaska.


Lisa Hildebrand, MS Fisheries & Wildlife

Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Lab (PI: Leigh Torres)

For my Master’s work, I will be examining the fine-scale spatial foraging ecology of the Pacific Coast Feeding Group (PCFG) gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) subpopulation in Port Orford, Oregon. By surveying the whales and their zooplankton prey concurrently, from a cliff site and a kayak respectively, I aim to make connections between variability of prey in both time and space, and the effect this has on the gray whales. Through this, I hope to gain a greater insight into the foraging behaviours exhibited, and ultimately life-history decisions made, by PCFG individuals.