More than three-quarters of Oregon State University's academic colleges are directly involved in marine research, education, and outreach. Through this multidisciplinary approach to tackling our ocean's most pressing needs, students and faculty of Oregon State are contributing to the advancement of marine science, close to home and around the world.
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
With a broad range of research disciplines (ocean ecology and biogeochemistry; physics of oceans and atmosphere; geography, environmental science and marine resource management; geology and geophysics), the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of coastal zones and ocean processes. Formed in 2011 with the merger of geophysics and oceanic and atmospheric sciences, CEOAS works to promote partnerships with a variety of other policy and research units to study and predict the consequences of a rapidly changing Earth. The college maintains state-of-the-art facilities and technologies that allow its graduate students to participate in some of the institution’s most cutting-edge research. CEOAS has been a primary leader in the Pacific Northwest component of the National Science Foundation sponsored Ocean Observatories Initiative known as the Endurance Array. This initiative will require the work of undersea gliders to collect and transmit physical, chemical, geological, and biological data from near-shore zones to on-shore laboratories. Flaxen Conway (who also has a Sea Grant Extension appointment) serves as director of the Marine Resource Management Program and Ted Strub serves as the Director of the Cooperative Institute for Oceanographic Satellite Studies.
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College of Agricultural Sciences
The College of Agricultural Sciences, dedicated to the preservation of natural resources and the health of environments and communities, is home to several departments heavily invested in the marine sciences. The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (FW) is one of the leading departments in this area with academic programs in ecology, management, and conservation biology in terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems. Through a combination of graduate and undergraduate education, research, extension education, and public outreach, FW dedicates itself to the conservation of biodiversity, natural resource management, and the sustainable use of natural resources. FW students and staff use the results of their research to provide the public with information on such issues as salmon and watershed management, land-use practices and habitat restoration, and marine resource conservation. The Hatfield Marine Science Center serves as one of FW’s primary field stations. The College of Agricultural Sciences’ Bruce Mate serves as the Director of the Marine Mammal Institute (MMI) and Gil Sylvia serves as superintendent of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station (COMES).
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College of Science
The College of Science offers academic programs in a wide variety of disciplines to both undergraduate and graduate students. The Department of Zoology is one of the primary contributors to OSU’s marine science research. Conducting research in the areas of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Physiology & Behavior, and Development & Cell Biology, the Department of Zoology aims to enhance discovery and disseminate knowledge about the biology of animals, their evolution, and their environments. With research foci ranging from the cell biology of symbiosis to the ecology of dune communities, the department integrates both disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to studies at all levels of biological organization. The Hatfield Marine Science Center serves as one of the department’s primary off-campus teaching and research facilities.
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College of Engineering
With strong ties to the colleges of Science, Forestry, and Agricultural Sciences, the College of Engineering’s six schools and programs offer undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to discover new ways to power the global economy sustainably and efficiently. The School of Mechanical, Industrial, & Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) and the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) have leading programs in wave energy research within the College of Engineering. MIME’s close ties to the OSU Energy Efficiency Center and the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory as well as the recently established U.S. Department of Energy Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center make this school a key contributor to wave energy research within the marine sciences. In EECS, the Energy Systems group conducts renewable-energy research in the Wallace Energy Systems & Renewables Facility, the highest power and best-equipped lab of its kind in any university in the nation, with a state-of-the-art wave energy linear test bed.
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College of Forestry
The College of Forestry makes it its mission to both educate and engage its undergraduate and graduate students in an effort to conduct unique and fundamental research on the nature and use of forests and related resources. The college is comprised of three departments including Forest Ecosystems & Society; Forest Engineering, Resources & Management; and Wood Science & Engineering. Within these departments, faculty conduct research on a wide of topics within the areas of biology, botany, ecology, engineering, forest management, manufacturing and marketing of wood products, the social sciences, and wood chemistry and physiology among others. Within the college’s five research program areas is the Protecting Forests and Watersheds research initiative. A central focus of this research program is to protect streams, water quality, and fish habitat from damage during timber harvest and road construction in order to maintain the quality of aquatic ecosystems. The College of Forestry conducts a variety of marine related research projects under such programs as the Coastal Landscape Analysis and Modeling Study, Fish and Wildlife Habitat in Managed Forests Research Program, and the Institute for Water and Watersheds among others.
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College of Veterinary Medicine
The College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to the education and training of veterinarians, as well as to the provision of diagnostic and clinical services. The college houses two departments: the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Clinical Sciences. Under these departments, the college puts particular emphasis on research involving the development of animal models to study human diseases. The College of Veterinary Medicine's signature areas of research include bone, joint, and muscle diseases; camelid physiology and medicine; cancer; food, water-borne and sexually transmitted diseases; mycobacterial diseases; and neurobiology. In addition to educating veterinarians and providing a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, the College of Veterinary Medicine is actively involved in research, much of which has implications for human health. As supporters of a "One Health" approach to medicine, the college collaborates with experts in microbiology, engineering, public health, marine science, and many other disciplines. In addition, the college has an international reputation as a center of excellence for aquatic animal health with particular emphasis on zebrafish ecology and disease.
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