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OSU inks largest research grant in its history to begin ship construction

July 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has just received a grant of $121.88 million from the National Science Foundation to spearhead the construction of a new class of research vessels for the United States Academic Research Fleet. It is the largest grant in the university’s history. This grant will fund the construction of the first […]

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Surveying Sea Floor Animals for Offshore Renewable Energy

July 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

CORVALLIS, Ore. – There is growing interest in developing offshore wind and wave energy facilities in the Pacific Northwest. But not much is known about the sediment and animal life along the sea floor in the region. That presents a problem for renewable energy companies because they need to consider environmental implications before constructing facilities […]

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Acidified ocean water widespread along North American West Coast

June 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A three-year survey of the California Current System along the West Coast of the United States found persistent, highly acidified water throughout this ecologically critical nearshore habitat, with “hotspots” of pH measurements as low as any oceanic surface waters in the world. The researchers say that conditions will continue to worsen because […]

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New video shows how blue whales employ strategy before feeding

April 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Blue whales didn’t become the largest animals ever to live on Earth by being dainty eaters and new video captured by scientists at Oregon State University shows just how they pick and choose their meals. There is a reason for their discretion, researchers say. The whales are so massive – sometimes growing to the length of three […]

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OSU to host Marine Science Day on April 8

March 31st, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

NEWPORT, Ore. – Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will hold its annual Marine Science Day on Saturday, April 8, giving visitors an opportunity to see laboratories behind-the-scenes, interact with student scientists and learn more about current marine research. The event is free and open to the public, and will be from 10 a.m. […]

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Marine Science Day is Saturday, April 8!

March 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Marine Science Day at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center  Saturday, April 8, 10am-4pm in Newport, Oregon Join the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport for Marine Science Day.  HMSC will open its doors for a behind-the-scenes peek at the cutting-edge research, education and outreach in marine sciences that makes this marine laboratory unique. Meet researchers from Oregon […]

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New, complex call recorded in Mariana Trench believed to be from baleen whale

January 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A sound in the Mariana Trench notable for its complexity and wide frequency range likely represents the discovery of a new baleen whale call, according to the Oregon State University researchers who recorded and analyzed it. Scientists at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center named it the “Western Pacific Biotwang.” Lasting between 2.5 and 3.5 seconds, the five-part […]

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El Nino, Pacific Decadal Oscillation implicated in domoic acid shellfish toxicity

January 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Researchers reported recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences a strong correlation between toxic levels of domoic acid in shellfish and the warm-water ocean conditions orchestrated by two powerful forces – El Niño events and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. Using a combination of time-series data spanning two decades, the scientists not only showed […]

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Wave energy center receives $40 million to construct world’s premier test facility

January 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Oregon State University’s Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center today was awarded up to $40 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, to create the world’s premier wave energy test facility in Newport. The NNMREC facility, known as the Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site, or PMEC-SETS, is planned to be operational by […]

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New, complex call recorded in Mariana Trench believed to be from baleen whale

December 20th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A sound in the Mariana Trench notable for its complexity and wide frequency range likely represents the discovery of a new baleen whale call, according to the Oregon State University researchers who recorded and analyzed it. Scientists at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center named it the “Western Pacific Biotwang.” Lasting between 2.5 and 3.5 seconds, […]

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First-ever HMSC Film Fest! Sept 22

September 16th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Hatfield Marine Science Center to host ocean research film fest NEWPORT, Ore. – A mini-film festival outlining some of the latest in coastal research and marine initiatives will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22, at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The series of short films will run from 5 to 6:30 […]

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Ocean acidification panel at HMSC – January 28

January 28th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

NEWPORT – The OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Union of Concerned Scientists will host a reception and panel discussion on the environmental and economic impacts of ocean acidification on our coastal communities. The event is from 5-7 pm this Thursday, January 28  in the HMSC Visitor Center’s Hennings Auditorium. Expert panelists will discuss […]

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Public invited to see shark necropsies at OSU’s Hatfield Center on Saturday

January 7th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

NEWPORT, Ore. – Oregon State University marine educator Bill Hanshumaker will conduct side-by-side necropsies of two sharks commonly found in the northeast Pacific Ocean this Saturday, Jan. 9, at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. The dissections, which are part of Hatfield’s annual Shark Day, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center. […]

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OSU/NOAA study: Warm-water years are tough on juvenile salmon

January 6th, 2016 · No Comments · Uncategorized

NEWPORT, Ore., 12/16/15 – A new analysis of juvenile Chinook salmon in the Pacific Ocean documents a dramatic difference in their foraging habits and overall health between years of warm water and those when the water is colder. The study found that when the water is warmer than average – by only two degrees Celsius […]

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HMSC/MMI respond to blue whale washed ashore in Oregon

November 6th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) has been in the news with a 78-foot blue whale that washed up near Gold Beach, OR this week. Dr. Bruce Mate , Director of the OSU Marine Mammal Institute (MMI), and Jim Rice of MMI’s Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network are on scene, and are making arrangements for the skeleton to […]

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Mysteries Beneath the Ice

October 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Yaquina Arts Association Photographers present:  Mysteries Beneath the Ice – A presentation by Ice Cave Explorer Brent McGregor Monday, November 2 at 6:30 pm Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor Center Auditorium, Newport, Oregon Ice Cave Explorer and accomplished outdoor and adventure photographer and photography instructor Brent McGregor has traveled extensively to explore caves – especially ice […]

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To breathe or eat: Blue whales use efficient foraging to maintain massive body size

October 3rd, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

  CORVALLIS, Ore. – As the largest animals to have ever lived on Earth, blue whales maintain their enormous body size through efficient foraging strategies that optimize the energy they gain from the krill they eat, while also conserving oxygen when diving and holding their breath, a new study has found. Large, filter-feeding whales have […]

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“Big Data” foundational to NSF-funded leadership training program at OSU

September 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

NSF selects Oregon State to build cohorts of leaders in marine science data and policy CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University this fall will begin selecting graduate students for a bold new program to train cohorts of students that will tackle emerging issues in marine science. The National Science Foundation chose Oregon State to develop […]

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How Oceanography Saved the World

August 6th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

We are gearing up for our big HMSC 50th Anniversary Celebration tomorrow! Friday August 7, starting at 3pm with a talk by NOAA Chief Scientist and OSU Alumnus Dr. Rick Spinrad in the Visitor Center Auditorium – How Oceanography Saved the World. Can’t join us in person? Tune in online on Adobe Connect. After the talk, we’ll convene […]

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HMSC Researchers studying Oregon’s “resident population” of gray whales

August 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Every year, some 20,000 gray whales migrate between the breeding lagoons of Baja, Mexico, and the bountiful feeding grounds off British Columbia and Alaska, often passing close to shore along the Northwest coast – creating a popular tourist attraction. For some reason, however, about 200 of these whales annually cut short their northern migration, opting […]

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