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An Educational Leap into the Shimmering Sea
May 20, 2016

An Educational Leap into the Shimmering Sea

Oregon State Marine Studies Initiative will prepare ocean-literate problem solvers

THE OCEAN IS KEY TO LIFE ON OUR PLANET, supplying every second breath of oxygen and transporting heat from equator to pole. Over 1 billion people receive their primary source of protein from the sea, and humans will be looking increasingly to marine aquaculture to feed a hungry planet. Over 90 percent of goods travel […]


Changes in the Wind
May 19, 2016

Changes in the Wind

Science, collaboration and technology for ocean health

When Peter Ruggiero meets with people in coastal communities to discuss climate change, he asks them to consider what they like most about where they live. And then he asks them to imagine the future. “We get people to think about the positive aspects of the coast, what they like about working and playing along […]


Facing Cascadia
May 19, 2016

Facing Cascadia

By preparing for the inevitable, we will save lives

IN JAPAN, NEARLY 20,000 PEOPLE DIED in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The tragic aftermath struck home in the Pacific Northwest, which faces a similar risk from the Cascadia subduction zone. But we often forget the silver lining. In Japan, there were nearly 200,000 people in the inundation zones, so 90 percent of the […]


Spillover
May 19, 2016

Spillover

Oregon’s marine reserves may help sustain valuable fisheries

  ON A TYPICAL, LOW-VISIBILITY DAY out among Oregon’s rocky reefs, scuba divers float in a murky, monochromatic world. Sunlight filtering through the algae-rich brine of near-shore waters casts a green patina on everything. These days, scientific divers are regulars at four of Oregon’s reefs and headlands — Redfish Rocks, Otter Rock, Cascade Head and […]


Predation in a Patchy Sea
May 19, 2016

Predation in a Patchy Sea

Ocean life in four dimensions

  ONE HOWLING, FOG-SHROUDED NIGHT on the Bering Sea, two small boats pitch and roll on a convulsion of waves. From the bridge of the fishing vessel Frosti, marine ecologist Kelly Benoit-Bird is staring hard off to starboard, where a halo of light dances on the slate-gray ocean. She can see the expedition’s second boat, […]


Enduring Vigil
May 19, 2016

Enduring Vigil

Buoys and gliders stand watch on the Pacific Ocean

  AT 8:46 P.M. ON A SATURDAY NIGHT LAST DECEMBER, Tully Rohrer received an SOS from a machine. It came as text messages on his cell phone and indicated that one of the ocean-monitoring buoys he had helped to deploy off the Oregon and Washington coast a few months earlier had come loose from its […]


At the Apex
February 3, 2016

At the Apex

The return of wolves to Oregon sparks old conflicts and prompts new science about top predators

A cougar, silent and unseen in the thick understory, is emitting a beacon from its tracking collar. “She’s close, about a hundred meters to the north,” says Beth Orning, a Ph.D. student at Oregon State University. Orning has evidence that cougar No. C216 is raising a litter in this hidden ravine.