OSU Marine Science by the Numbers

Critical Mass

350 OSU faculty engage in marine research and outreach activities.

120 OSU and 180 state and federal researchers collaborate on ocean science at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Research Grants

Nearly $100 million in 2008-09, or 37 percent of OSU research expenditures, was directly tied to marine-related issues.


828 M.S. and 381 Ph.D. degrees have been awarded in ocean and coastal sciences since 1959, complementing marine science options for undergraduates.

Hatfield Marine Science Center

On a 49-acre campus, HMSC supports research in a wide range of ocean sciences.
More than 150,000 people view displays and live-animal touch tanks in the Visitor Center annually.

Oregon Sea Grant

Among the nation’s 32 Sea Grant programs, external reviewers consistently rate Oregon Sea Grant as among the top three.

Ocean-Going Research Vessels

R/V Wecoma, 185 feet long, 1,100 long tons in normal operations
R/V Pacific Storm, 85 feet long, 153 tons gross
R/V Elakha, 54 feet long, range of 575 miles


For information about supporting research and teaching through faculty endowments, contact the Oregon State University Foundation, 1-800-354-7281 or visit CampaignforOSU.org.

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