Scientists are still researching what keeps lionfish in check back home in their native range even as they’re going gangbusters in the Atlantic and Caribbean, mostly untouched by the local sharks, moray eels and grouper. “If they do try a lionfish, they quickly spit it out, probably because of the venomous spines,” said Mark Hixon, an Oregon State University marine ecologist who has conducted feeding trials in tanks.
The best Oregon State University researcher Chris Goldfinger can give you is probabilities. His new finding — presented in Portland — is that the risk from a huge offshore quake varies depending on how far north or south you live.
Forget Cancun or Miami. Last winter break, a group of Oregon State University students didn’t seek out the sun and sand. Instead, they enthusiastically set off for the coldest place on earth.
Professor Michael Harte, director of the OSU Marine Resource Management Program, led a group of 15 students, 10 of them from OSU, on an exploratory trip to Antarctica in December to examine how human actions around the world can alter the fragile ecosystems in the frigid south.
Harte and his students viewed the trip as an opportunity to turn a vacation into a learning lab, as they reflected on their own carbon footprint while at the same time witnessing the dramatic effects of climate change on the landscape and the flora and fauna of the Antarctic.
The OSU Research Office is accepting Letters of Intent for the National
Science Foundation - Partnerships for International Research and
Education (PIRE) 2009 program. This is a limited submission
program. The Letter of Intent submission deadline is December 22, 2008 has been extended to January 9, 2009. Visit the Research Office Incentive Programs Web site for details on the NSF-PIRE program and guidance on preparing Letters of Intent.
Oregon State University students and members of the public will have a unique
opportunity to learn firsthand about the effects of climate change and human
impacts on the environment in Antarctica during a special class that will take
them to the remote continent for two weeks.
An Oregon State University marine biologist is celebrating an Oscar win. A film he helped with –called The Cove – was recognized as best documentary. Scott Baker runs the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. Scientists there work to preserve critical ocean species and habitats.
“The Cove” featured an appearance by Oregon State University scientist Scott Baker. Animal Planet says the series may premiere in the fall, after “The Cove” premieres on the channel this summer.