Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams will visit Oregon State University April 23-25 to encourage Pacific Northwest high school students, teachers and OSU students to create a better world through community service and global action.
Indo-Pacific lionfish, an invasive carnivore equipped with venomous spines, are spreading—and eating their way—through the fishes of the Caribbean Sea. In an effort to stop, or at least slow down, these fearless invaders, the National Science Foundation has awarded a 3-year, $700,000 grant to scientists at Oregon State University.
Randal O’Toole was invited to help organize Earth Day as a high school senior in Portland, Ore. It was a defining moment. Instead of becoming an architect, O’Toole decided that he wanted to be a forester. In forestry school at Oregon State University, O’Toole took an economics class and went on to get his graduate degree in economics.
A study released Wednesday by scientists at Oregon State University showed that whale meat from Japan showed up in South Korea and California, part of an illegal international trade. Japan’s whale hunt is officially for “scientific” purposes, but the DNA trail showed it was on diners’ plates in other countries. (See also OPB)
Dennis Dimick, award-winning executive editor for the environment at National Geographic magazine, will present this year’s Gov. Tom McCall Memorial Lecture, a talk titled “Changing Planet: Where Energy and Climate Collide.”
Scientists say DNA testing of whale meat from a restaurant in Seoul, South Korea, indicates that some of it came from Japan, offering evidence of an illegal trade in whale meat between the two countries. The testing was done by scientists from Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center as part of an ongoing project monitoring sources of whale meat offered for sale. (See also New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Associated Press)
Phytoplankton ecologist Michael Behrenfeld of Oregon State University studied nine years of data from the NASA satellite SeaStar and its Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS). This tool allows researchers to estimate the total surface chlorophyll concentrations in the oceans as well as relative carbon concentration in phytoplankton.
That’s not to say that visual surveys have no value, says acoustical researcher Holger Klinck of Oregon State University. “At some point, you need visual observations to ground truth,” Klinck said. But for the day in, day out study of the lives of elusive species, visual observations are too brief and too dependent on things like clear weather and sunlight — both of which can be in short supply in Antarctica, he said.