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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.
August 8-24, the world’s attention will turn to Beijing, China, and the 2008 Olympic Games. Five current, future and former OSU student athletes from South Africa, Japan, Australia and the United States will be making the trip and trying for gold. "We are very proud of our extraordinary student athletes and alumni who are participating in the Summer Olympics, and we know they will represent Oregon State University well in every respect," said OSU President Ed Ray. Read more about our Beaver representatives and how they made it to Beijing.
Terri Irwin, whose efforts with Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and daughter Bindi to protect wildlife have made her an international figure in conservation advocacy, has signed an agreement with the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University to fund two humpback whale research projects.
The agreement furthers Terri Irwin and Australia Zoo’s commitment to conservation and helps support the work of the OSU institute to gather critical data on endangered and threatened marine mammal species.
Oregon State volleyball player Rachel Rourke will take part in the First Annual Abu Dhabi International Women’s Volleyball Championship, hosted by the Higher Organising Committee (HOC), as a member of the Australian National Team, beginning May 21.
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.