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Fisheries and Wildlife

The state of Oregon is home to abundant wildlife and natural environments of all varieties, many of which require careful preservation in today’s day and age. At HMSC, we are fortunate to have both an ocean and an estuary right on our doorstep, allowing easy access to field observations of numerous species. Researchers in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at OSU focus on the conservation, management and protection of fish and wildlife, along with the habitats of such organisms.

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The Seabird Oceanography Lab (SOL) at Oregon State University is involved in research focusing on seabird ecology, movement ecology, oceanography, and integrated ecosystem studies while providing research and educational opportunities for students. Conservation aspects of the Lab’s research include species restoration, population assessment and monitoring, seabird-fishery interactions, identification of marine important bird areas, and marine spatial planning. (no non-Hatfield webpage)

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When a large piece of a dock from Japan landed on the Oregon Coast following Japan’s 2011 tsunami, Dr. John Chapman and his colleagues in the Marine Bioinvasion Lab leapt to work. As a marine invasion ecologist, Dr. Chapman works to ensure that invasive species – like those that were displaced from the tsunami – don't wreak havoc on other established ecosystems. He also focuses on invertebrate zoology and peracaridan crustacean taxonomy. He can be contacted atjohn.chapman@oregonstate.edu or 541-867-0235.

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Dr. Leigh Torres focuses her research on marine mammal behavior and the spatial ecology of marine megafauna. As an Assistant Professor with the Marine Mammal Institute and a researcher (director?) in HMSC’s Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Lab, she has conducted studies on grey whales off the coast of Oregon, assessing their behavior in relation to the charter boat industry, and also on blue whale populations in New Zealand. She can be reached at leigh.torres@oregonstate.edu or 541-867-0895.

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Dr. Scott Heppell works with graduate students in the areas of fish physiology, fishery biology, and management of salmon in the Pacific Northwest, and has studied bluefin tuna, groupers and rockfish in bodies of water across the globe. The Heppell Lab focuses on ecology, conservation, and resource management issues. Dr. Heppell can be contacted at scott.heppell@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-1086.

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As an expert in whale habitats, Dr. Daniel Palacios has spent his career researching habitats and movements of marine organisms such as blue and humpback whales and elephant seals, using advanced tagging and tracking methods. Currently, he focuses on tracking large whales in their migrations, within their populations and in their interactions with humans. He can be reached at daniel.palacios@oregonstate.edu or 541-867-0202.

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In the Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Lab, Dr. Scott Baker studies the evolutionary patterns and processes in whales in dolphins, along with their molecular biology and genetic diversity. Throughout his career, he has conducted research on the demographic and genetic impacts of whaling, molecular taxonomy and applied bioinformatics for species identification and molecular monitoring of whale meat in Japanese and Korean markets. He can be contacted at scott.baker@oregonstate.edu and 541-867-0255.

(add photo) Dr. Kathleen O’Malley is a state fisheries geneticist focusing on the science and management needs of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Her lab, the State Fisheries Genetics Lab, conducts research in both freshwater and marine environments and focuses on species of ecological, evolutionary or economic importance. She can be reached at kathleen.omalley@oregonstate.edu or 541-961-3311.

(add photo) Dr. Jessica Miller conducts research in marine ecology, fisheries science, otolith chemistry, mixing and migration and early life history. Overall, she focuses on advancing our understanding of marine and anadromous organism ecology, and the impacts that environmental variation has on marine organisms. She can be contacted at jessica.miller@oregonstate.edu or 541-867-0381.

(add photo) Professor Chris Langdon works with the Molluscan Broodstock Program on the genetic selection of oysters, working to improve all aspects of oyster production. As a bivalve specialist, he also studies the microencapsulation of nutrients fed to bivalves and other fish in aquaculture operations, and studies the effects of ocean acidification and hypoxia on oyster production. He can be reached at ?? and 541-867-0231.

https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/

Integrative Biology

Integrative biologists value research and understanding how the multitude of biological processes and levels in the world fit together. They study everything from the molecular building blocks of organisms to the way that ecosystems interact and create larger systems throughout the world. At HMSC, researchers may appear to be focusing on singular species or populations, but in reality, they’re studying how they fit into the much larger picture.

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In the Benthic Ecology Lab, Dr. Sarah Henkel studies the effects of climate change and human activities on marine species at the molecular, individual and population level, as well as the effects on community structure and ecosystem functioning. Currently, she is focusing on the ecological effects of wave energy development on benthic communities, and the ecological consequences of metals and organic compounds from the nearby Georgia Pacific paper mill. Dr. Henkel can be contacted at sarah.henkel@oregonstate.edu.

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Dr. Su Sponaugle researches the ecology of marine fish and the dynamics of their early life history stages in the Sponaugle-Cowen Plankton Ecology Laboratory along with colleague Dr. Bob Cowen. In the past, she has focused on recruitment of coral reef fishes, fish larvae growth, and the effects of ocean acidification on tropical fish species. Dr. Sponaugle can be reached at su.sponaugle@oregonstate.edu or 541-867-0314.

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Dr. Bob Cowen has served as the Director of HMSC since July 2013, but his background is in larval fish ecology. He studies plankton ecology in the Sponaugle-Cowen Plankton Ecology Lab along with colleague Dr. Su Sponaugle. Over the past several years, he has conducted research on population genetic structure in coral reef communities and the role of internal waves in larval fish interactions with potential predators and prey. He can be contacted at robert.cowen@oregonstate.edu or 541-867-0211.

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Dr. Bruce Menge works in the Lubchenco/Menge along with colleague Dr. Jane Lubchenco, conducting research in marine ecosystems and rocky shores. His main interests include structure and dynamics of marine meta-ecosystems, responses of coastal ecosystems to climate change and recruitment dynamics. Dr. Menge studies ecosystems in both the Pacific Northwest and on the South Island of New Zealand, and in the past has studied in Chile, South Africa and Panama, among other areas. He can be reached at 541-737-5358.

https://www.science.oregonstate.edu/

Applied Economics

Specialists in Applied Economists use economic models and theory to inform a wide range of choices made by producers, consumers and policymakers. At OSU, this can be applied to areas such as natural resources and the environment, agricultural marketing and food systems. Students studying in the Department of Applied Economics are prepared to be leaders in both the private and public sectors, armed with the tools to understand and provide solutions for society’s problems.

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Dr. Gil Sylvia, Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics (?) serves as the director of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES), the largest applied marine research group in Oregon. Dr. Sylvia specializes in seafood marketing, fishery and aquaculture management and policy, and bioeconomic modeling, and through COMES, works with the fishing/seafood industry and management agencies to increase benefits from utilizing and sustaining West Coast marine resources. He can be reached at 541-867-0284.

https://agsci.oregonstate.edu/

Veterinary Medicine

Graduates from OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine are armed with the tools to conduct biomedical research, educate the public and work towards diagnosing and ultimately preventing animal diseases. In the field of marine science, veterinarians work to support aquatic animal husbandry, providing the backbone of animal health to industries and the public.

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Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan focuses his research on ornamental fish health and aquatic animal husbandry and health management. As Assistant Professor of Aquatic Animal Health (?) in OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, he works to provide educational programming and service to Oregon’s aquarium industry, as well as to wholesalers, retailers and hobbyists. Over the years, he has conducted research on herpesvirus in koi fish and bacteria in imported ornamental fish. He can be contacted at tim.miller-morgan@oregonstate.edu or 541-867-0265.

Education

Students in OSU’s College of Education go on to become teachers, counselors, researchers and scholars with a vision for the future and a passion for learning. As education begins to take new forms and adapt to the changing world, students are developed into important change agents, working in fields such as marine education.

As a scholar of applied linguistics, Dr. Shawn Rowe focuses his work on free-choice learning programs outside of the school setting, analyzing how the choice to learn is shaped by factors such as language and setting. Dr. Rowe works with Oregon Sea Grant extension to apply free-choice learning to the HMSC Visitor Center, investigating the structure of exhibits and activities. He can be contacted at shawn.rowe@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-1814.