THANK YOU to all who participated in the All-HMSC Reunion! For photos and information on upcoming 50th anniversary events, see

The OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center is turning 50, and you’re invited to join us in Newport for an All-HMSC Reunion! The Reunion Weekend from Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12 will be a rare opportunity for anyone who was a part of HMSC’s 50-year history to connect with friends and colleagues from around the world. 

To sign up for the 50th anniversary email list, contact Maryann Bozza, HMSC Program Manager at maryann.bozza@oregonstate. edu or 541-867-0234

Keep an eye on our blog for more information and a Photo of the Week -

Thank you to our Reunion sponsors! Tyee Wine Cellars, Rogue Ales, Local Ocean Seafoods, Oregon Oyster Farms, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Cheesecakes by Jeff Wiseman and the Elizabeth Street Inn. See for information about Newport, Oregon.

Schedule of Events:

Peter RothlisbergFriday, April 10, 4-7pm: The first speaker of our 50th Anniversary Alumni Speaker Series will be Dr. Peter Rothlisberg! His presentation, From Fighting Beaver to Boxing Kanagaroo - a Tale in Two Hemispheres will be in the Hennings Auditorium, followed by a Reception in the Visitor Center.  We hope to broadcast this live via internet for those unable to attend - stay tuned.

Peter Rothlisberg received his PhD in biological oceanography in 1975 from the OSU Department of Zoology. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow with CSIRO (Australia's national science agency) Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship, Fishery Assessment & Marine Ecology Team, in Brisbane, Australia. His principal interests include zooplankton ecology with a specialization in larval ecology in a broader context of biological oceanography.

Marine Science Day image

Saturday, April 11, 10am-4pm: Marine Science Day

Join us for HMSC’s annual open house!  This is your chance to learn about current research and connect with HMSC faculty, agency and student scientists and marine educators. Marine Science Day visitors wind through the Center’s labs and classrooms to view hands-on, interactive exhibits on current research for visitors of all ages, with ample opportunity for questions and discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Vessel Acona - historic photo

Sunday, April 12, 8-10am: Birdwatching at HMSC

Join Dawn Harris from USFWS for some morning birdwatching. Space is limited - to sign up, email

Sunday, April 12, 1-3pm: Special Reunion Activities

Catch up with friends, meet some new ones, and pore through photos and memorabilia compliments of the OSU Archives. Join a jam session in the library. Stay tuned for some additional events or opportunities, and let us know your ideas. Requests or suggestions can be made to

Sunday, April 12, 3-7pm: All-HMSC Reunion Dinner

The Reunion Dinner on the HMSC campus will begin in the Guin Library with beer/wine and appetizers, followed by dinner featuring local seafood in the HMSC Visitor Center. Cost for the Reunion Dinner is $45 per person. Go to to register. Details below.

All-HMSC Reunion Dinner

3:00 – 4:00pm | Guin Library - Tyee Wine, Rogue Beer, Oregon Oyster Farms oysters, & appetizers by the Oregon Coast Aquarium

4:00 – 5:30pm | HMSC Visitor Center - Dinner by Local Ocean Seafoods

5:30 – 6:00pm | Hennings Auditorium - Presentation on OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative

6:00 – 7:00pm | HMSC Visitor Center - Dessert and coffee

Many thanks to our generous All-HMSC Reunion sponsors: Tyee Wine CellarsRogue AlesLocal Ocean SeafoodsOregon Oyster Farms, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Cheesecakes by Jeff Wiseman and the Elizabeth Street Inn