Steve Brandt: Today’s purpose: to welcome new investigators and students to our program and to foster integration across the program, and to look forward and think abuoot how each of us can contribute to something that’s greater than the sum of its parts.
“Funding of research is just one component of what we do. You have the ability to take that research and link it with extension and education. … We think that’s unique to Sea Grant.”
Presentations, by issue areas:
Bartholomew’s current project builds on her salmon disease research over several years, much of it supported by Oregon Sea Grant. The work focuses on disease in Pacific salmon, specifically Ceratomyxa. shasta. “What we’re interested in is how disease dynamics will change as we look at changing climate.”
“The Klamath Basin already has a disease problem. As we look at temperatures increasing over the next 20-50 years, our goal is to predict disease impact and identify key habitats that will need protecting, using C. shasta as a marker.”
They have produced an educational documentary and public education tools.
The focus is understanding and quantifying the circulation on Oregon’s Intercontinental shelf and estuaries. (15 meters from the shore). The inner few kilometers has been shown to be important for larval transport and recruitment of nearshore species.
The Cascadia margin has an interesting river system that hasn’t been studied to date. The fresh water flowing from multiple coastal rivers influences offshore salinity and circulation; we don’t know how that affects marine organisms. This study proposes to build on existing numerical models by developing and validating a model of Yaquina Bay and adjacent coastal waters.
2011 Sea Grant scholar Emily Lamagie is part of Lerczak’s team, establishing a permanent exhibit for the HMSC Visitor Center on estuary currents, ocean modeling and oyster larval dispersion, using a game design. She’s also developing a a publication on exhibit design for scientists.
Sea Grant Extension/education team: Megan Kleibacker, Sam Chan, Guillermo Giannico
This team sees possibilities for collaborating with researchers on all kinds of water related issues: scarcity, reservoir management, fish habitat and populations, water quality and contaminants (drugs, pesticides, etc.)