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New app will help coastal Oregon prepare for tsunami

Posted by: | November 17, 2014 Comments Off on New app will help coastal Oregon prepare for tsunami |

Tsunami preparedness will soon be coming to a smartphone near you. A team of researchers at Oregon State University is developing an app for coastal residents to plan – and test – evacuation routes to use during an earthquake and tsunami. Participants will use the app to conduct actual evacuation drills and compare their response […]

under: beach safety, coastal hazards, earthquake, mobile applications, technology, tsunami

OSG Scholars Day draws students from all backgrounds

Posted by: | November 14, 2014 Comments Off on OSG Scholars Day draws students from all backgrounds |

CORVALLIS—A little training, a little fellowship and a chance to show off what they’ve learned: That’s what a gathering of graduate and undergraduate university students got Thursday when they gathered at Oregon State University for the second Oregon Sea Grant Scholars Day. “This is really an opportunity for students we support to come and tell […]

under: fellowships, higher education, internships, ocean law and policy, Oregon Sea Grant, Sea Grant Scholars

Estuary flooding may be more extreme than previously thought

Posted by: | November 13, 2014 Comments Off on Estuary flooding may be more extreme than previously thought |

New research suggests that intense storms could increase the impact of flooding in coastal estuaries. As more water is forced into the estuary, site-specific geographic features will cause more inundation in some parts of the estuary than others, contrary to the uniform rise that was previously expected. Estuaries are mixing pots between rivers and the […]

under: climate, environment, Oregon Sea Grant, research, storms

Bivalves on drugs: What goes in the water winds up in shellfish

Posted by: | November 7, 2014 Comments Off on Bivalves on drugs: What goes in the water winds up in shellfish |

What happens to an oyster on antidepressants? What about on caffeine? Or, what if you combine these contradictory drugs and then consume the oyster? As odd as it sounds, this scenario is playing out along the Oregon coast where oysters and other bivalves—a staple food source for both humans and animals— are assimilating low levels […]

under: aquaculture, ecology, environment, seafood, shellfish

Sea star wasting expands, new recommendations emerge

Posted by: | October 31, 2014 Comments Off on Sea star wasting expands, new recommendations emerge |

  Sea stars continue to waste and die along the US West Coast, and while researchers aren’t yet certain what’s causing the outbreak to spread, they’re beginning to suspect a combination of increased water temperatures that weaken the animals and leave them vulnerable to infection from opportunistic bacteria and parasites. Dubbed Sea Star Wasting Syndrome […]

under: Oregon Sea Grant

Students debate wave energy at coastal conference

Posted by: | October 27, 2014 Comments Off on Students debate wave energy at coastal conference |

FLORENCE – Oregon State University Fisheries and Wildlife students exchanged arguments about whether wave energy should be supported in Oregon at last weekend’s State of the Coast conference – and  every statement had to to be backed by a scientific source. “We are trying to emphasize critical thinking skills,” said professor Scott Heppell,  who taught […]

under: conferences, Oregon Sea Grant, wave energy

Oregon citizens become coastal scientists

Posted by: | September 22, 2014 Comments Off on Oregon citizens become coastal scientists |

You don’t need a degree to be scientist. For more than 30 years, the number of citizen scientists has been steadily increasing along the Oregon Coast as part of an effort to engage people of all ages in scientific activities. These diligent volunteers work on projects stretching from one-time learning events like a school sampling […]

under: Oregon Sea Grant

Demystifying modeling

Posted by: | September 15, 2014 Comments Off on Demystifying modeling |

Want to predict the population of a particular whale species 50 years into the future? There’s a model for that. Want to know exactly how much water is moving around one spot of the ocean at any given time? There’s a model for that too. Modeling has a long history in science, and advancements in […]

under: fisheries, marine science, Oregon Sea Grant, research

Oregon preserves water quality with pump and dump stations

Posted by: | August 22, 2014 Comments Off on Oregon preserves water quality with pump and dump stations |

The Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) has enlisted the help of Oregon Sea Grant to help publicize floating restrooms and waste dumping stations across the state in an effort to protect water quality. Boaters that are on the water for long periods of time accumulate sewage that they inevitably have to dispose of. In some […]

under: environment, Oregon Sea Grant, outreach and engagement, public communication, recreational boating, summer activities, videos, water quality & conservation

Environmental Drivers May be Adding to Loss of Sea Stars

Posted by: | July 24, 2014 Comments Off on Environmental Drivers May be Adding to Loss of Sea Stars |

NEWPORT – The rapid loss of sea stars along the US west coast may be caused in part by environmental changes, and not solely by a specific pathogen as many had previously thought. This new hypothesis emerged from a recent symposium on sea star wasting syndrome (SSWS) hosted at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science […]

under: climate, conferences, ecology, environment, marine animals, Oregon State University, research

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