Featured Events

Below is a list of special events from 2024.

We will update this page as Marine Science Day 2025 approaches.

2024 Special Presentations

A scuba diver underwater with a graphic image of sound waves.

Sounds of the Sea

Time: 11:30 a.m. - noon

Location: Hatfield Visitor Center Auditorium

Description: Join us for this insightful and interactive presentation on how researchers use hydrophones and bioacoustics to identify unique sounds of the sea. The audience will have a chance to test their ability to identify underwater sounds during an interactive “sounds of the sea” game. This activity is family-friendly and fun for all ages. Presented by Oregon Sea Grant.



Two people in an ridged hull boat release a drone into the air over water.

Keynote Talk

Views from above: How Drones Help Us Monitor the Health of Whales

Time: 1 - 2 p.m.

Location: Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building, Carmen Phillips Ford Auditorium

Keynote Speakers: Dr. K.C. Bierlich and PhD candidate Clara Bird from the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (GEMM) Lab in the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute

Description: K.C. and Clara will discuss how they use drones as a non-invasive method to study the morphology and health of baleen whales. Both speakers have extensive experience using drone technology to study Antarctic minke whales, humpback whales, and Adelie penguins. Read more.



An adult and child look into a large tank of fish at an aquarium.

Feeding time at the Visitor Center

Time: 2:30 - 3 p.m.

Location: Hatfield Visitor Center

Description: Watch and listen as Jaimie Hart, an Hatfield Visitor Center aquarist, feeds the animals in the nearshore tank. She will talk about how the animals in the tank, their life and behaviors.