Research Talks and Breakout Rooms


Drawing of an octopus and the words, HMSC Research Summit.


Research TalkS

  • Demian Bailey, OSU - Regional Class Research Vessels
  • Tom Calvanese, OSU - Zombie urchins: co-culture of purple sea urchins and Pacific dulse
  • Brett Dumbauld, USDA - Update on USDA
  • Jessica Garwood, OSU - Moving with the Flow: plankton robots
  • Simon Geerlofs, PNNL - Building Collaboration between PNNL and HMSC
  • Dan Hellin - PacWave  South Updates
  • Mark Lomeli, PSMFC - Bycatch gear modifications
  • Dave Mellinger, PMEL - AUVs
  • Karina Nielson, OSU, Oregon Sea Grant - What’s happening with offshore wind in Oregon
  • Kyle Newton, OSU - Impacts of EMF on Skate Behavior
  • Kate Stafford, OSU - Listening to Climate Change in the Arctic
  • Luke Stuntz, OSU - Predation of seabirds by terrestrial carnivores


Breakout Rooms

Marine heatwaves: From estuaries to offshore

Marine heatwaves are increasing in frequency in the northeast Pacific and can have large ecological, social, and economic impacts in this region, e.g., seagrass die-offs, species shifts, and fisheries closures. Join us for a discussion on how marine heatwaves impact ocean and estuarine ecosystems, important knowledge gaps that need to be addressed, and data/monitoring needs for tackling questions around extreme warming events. We welcome scientists and staff who are interested in various components of ocean and estuarine systems, from physics to top predators to fisheries and human communities. A desired outcome for this discussion, beyond knowledge exchange, is to identify synergies among research groups at HMSC to help increase our detection and understanding of the impacts of marine heat waves.

Room Leads: Mary Hunsicker (NOAA) and Jim Kaldy (EPA)


Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funding: What is it and what will it do?

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has provided NOAA with a one-time infusion of funding to bolster America's climate preparedness and update key infrastructure. This investment includes both externally-competed grants and new internal NOAA funding in numerous research areas, representing opportunities for collaborative research and solutions building. We invite you to exchange information, network with potential partners, and build collaborative matching concepts.

Room Leads: Kym Jacobson (NOAA), Francis Chan (OSU), and Joe Smith (NOAA)


Investigations of ocean energy ecosystem impacts

Room Lead:  Sarah Henkel (OSU)


Ocean acidification (OA) and Hatfield Marine Science Center

Ocean acidification (OA) is a change in ocean chemistry that is happening right here right now. Hatfielders across campus are involved in ground-breaking projects informing our knowledge of changing ocean conditions and how marine communities will adapt. Join two representatives from Oregon’s Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Council to discuss opportunities for coordination and collaboration across the HMSC campus. Target Audience: People involved in OA research, involved in OA policy, or interested in working with OA. Desired Outcome: To connect OA practitioners across HMSC for future coordination and collaboration.

Room Leads: Leif Rasmussen (ODFW) and Jenny Koester (ODFW)


The Marine Technology Society and you: Outreach, networking and leadership opportunities associated with the Oregon chapter

The Marine Technology Society (MTS) is the leading international community of ocean scientists and engineers, practitioners, policymakers, and educators.  MTS seeks to promote and improve marine technology and related educational programs and advance the development of the tools and procedures required to explore, study and further the responsible and sustainable use of the oceans. Come learn about the Oregon Chapter of MTS, the benefits of becoming a member, and upcoming networking and leadership opportunities.

Room Leads: Tracy Crews (OSU, Oregon Sea Grant) and Drummond Wengrove (OSU)


Navigating marine sciences: Integrating field safety, inclusivity, and effective research planning 

Dive into a comprehensive session that delves into the heart of conducting safe and impactful marine science research. This workshop brings together the critical aspects of field safety requirements, best practices for safe operations in marine environments, and the essentiality of an inclusive research plan. Whether you're a seasoned marine scientist or just embarking on your journey, join us to explore how to safeguard both your team and the marine ecosystems while fostering an environment that values diversity and inclusivity. Learn from experienced researchers, safety experts, and inclusion advocates as they share insights, case studies, and strategies that will not only enhance the quality of your research but also contribute to the sustainable exploration of our oceans.

Room Leads: Itchung Cheung (OSU), Barb Laerguist (OSU), Zach Gill (OSU) and Peter Loschl (OSU)


Nature-based solutions for climate-resilient riverscapes

Rivers and streams, when fully connected to their floodplains, are naturally resilient systems that are increasingly part of the conversation on nature-based climate solutions. Reconnecting waterways to their floodplains improves water quality and quantity, supports biodiversity and sensitive species conservation, increases flood, drought and fire resiliency, and bolsters carbon sequestration. But, while the importance of river restoration is clear, process-based riverscape restoration remains an underutilized strategy despite ample data demonstrating its efficacy. Climate-driven disturbances are actively pushing streams into increasingly degraded states, and the window of opportunity for restoration will not stay open forever. Therefore, now is the perfect time to apply the science of process-based riverscape restoration to support building climate resilience across the landscape. Target Audience: Freshwater biologists, watershed managers, and salmon recovery scientists.

Room Lead: Chris Jordan (NOAA)


Early career professionals at Hatfield Marine Science Center

The HMSC campus hosts a variety of opportunities for early career (EC) professionals. This stage of one’s career is an exciting and pivotal time, where future success can be facilitated with community support and shared access to key information. A challenge to providing this support may be driven by the fact many EC professionals do not enter their new workspace with a large cohort of peers and/or are in temporary positions. In 2023, the HMSC Early Career Support Group was assembled to start tackling this challenge. Monthly workshops have been hosted to address some of the many issues, but this group is organized solely by EC themselves. In this break-out session, we aim to gather both EC and established professionals to discuss and identify potential solutions to create a long-standing and sustainable framework for assisting EC professionals at HMSC. To ensure the longevity of this initial group, as well as its ability to evolve to encompass everyone’s needs over time, a larger discussion about how to support early career professionals is needed. Target Audience: Early career and established professionals at HMSC. Desired Outcome: Fruitful discussion between early career and later career professionals at HMSC to discuss future plans for supporting EC professionals.

Room Leads: Emily Slesinger (NOAA) and Mauricio Cantor (OSU)


Understanding and influencing fisheries management on the West coast

Have you ever wondered how to engage with the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (Pacific Council) to better understand research needs or ensure your work is available to inform regional decision-making? If so, join us to discuss how the Pacific Council operates and how new research (e.g., climate and fisheries) can integrate into that process.  Increased awareness and understanding can improve linkages between HMSC research and actionable management, strengthen funding proposals, and promote buy-in for proposed research at the federal level.

Room Leads: Cheryl Barnes (OSU) and Maggie Sommer (PFMC)


Plastics in the environment: Impacts and mitigation strategies

We all know plastic pollution is bad for wildlife and for us, but what can be done about it? Come find out more about the global plastics treaty being negotiated by the United Nations and learn more about how they plan to address this wicked problem.

Room Leads: Susanne Brander (OSU)


Building collaboration opportunities with PNNL at HMSC

OSU and PNNL (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) have recently forged an agreement increasing opportunities for the development and support of collaborations addressing critical challenges around ocean science, energy innovation, technology, and the blue economy. This room discussion will focus on identifying opportunities and ideas for building new collaborations between PNNL  and HMSC scientists – including opportunities for graduate student and postdoc positions.

Room Leads: Christian Meinig (PNNL), Simon Geerlofs (PNNL), and Bob Cowen (OSU)