June 21, 2018
The spring/summer 2018 issue of Confluence, a newsletter about Oregon Sea Grant’s research, outreach and educational programs, is now available for download. Inside this eight-page issue, you’ll find the following stories:
- Coastal students learn how to conduct research aboard OSU ship. With funding from Oregon Sea Grant, students are learning to collect plankton and sediment, track whales and detect green sturgeon.
- Aquarium tanks at marine education center in Newport get facelift. Contractors replaced rusting metal stands, then sculpted concrete rock around the tanks.
- Researcher studies how underwater noise pollution affects whales’ health. Drones, microphones, photos and fecal samples determine if noise is stressing out whales.
- Researchers use simulations to help communities plan for tsunami.
In Newport, Oregon, about 70 people participated in six mock tsunami evacuations.
- Collaboration with fishermen leads to ocean-forecasting website. Commercial fishermen can now check forecasts for ocean conditions off the Pacific Northwest coastline with an easy-to-use, interactive, online map.
- Study: Prozac causes risky behavior in shore crabs. A study by an Oregon Sea Grant Scholar finds that Oregon shore crabs exhibit risky behavior when they’re exposed to the antidepressant Prozac, making it easier for predators to catch them.
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