OSU researchers study ‘dead zone’ in the Pacific

August 10th, 2006

A number of news outlets have picked up the story about the enigma of the ‘dead zone’ off the coast of Oregon. The dead zone is a large area of extremely low oxygen levels in the water which are causing sea life necrosis. OSU researchers including Jane Lubchenco, professor of marine ecology at Oregon State and a member of the Pew Oceans Commission, are closely monitoring the situation but haven’t come to a conclusion as to the exact cause.

“We’re not really sure what is down the road. If it’s just for a short period of time, it will not be as devastating as if it starts lasting a significant fraction of summer,” -Jane Lubchenco

From the NY Times article:

In 2002 when the dead zone first appeared, Dr. Lubchenco said, she and other researchers dismissed it as an interesting anomaly. “But now, five years in a row, we are beginning to think there has been some sort of fundamental change in ocean conditions off the West Coast,� she said, possibly because of changes in the jet stream caused by global warming.

The story has also appeared on abcnews.com, Eugene Register-Guard, Seattle Times, and others.

One Response to “OSU researchers study ‘dead zone’ in the Pacific”

  1. […] One of the faces of OSU More to follow! -bv UPDATE 10:59pm 12/18/08 As promised, more about Dr. Jane Lubcheco…..as posted on this blog previously! Researching the ‘Dead Zone’ […]

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