Stories from 60 Years of Ocean Science

Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 am to 12 noon, Room 100, Learning Innovation Center at Oregon State University

We used to think that the oceans are unchanging and inexhaustible. After all, they are vast, covering 70 percent of the Earth, and the forces that drive them dwarf human endeavor. But today, in the course of a single human lifetime, our view has fundamentally changed, thanks largely to scientists who have explored extreme realms.

Researchers at Oregon State University have documented life forms, invented new ways to the see below the surface of the sea and endeavored to protect ocean ecosystems and to serve human well-being. OSU scientists are using this knowledge to fashion a new relationship to the ocean, one that values its bounty and beauty.

On February 24, hear from some of those who led the way and others who are still on the front lines of this urgent work. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held from 10 am to 12 noon in room 100 of the Learning Innovation Center at Oregon State University.

Speakers include:

  • Bob Collier, professor emeritus and former project manager of the Ocean Observatories Endurance Array.
  • Burke Hales, professor of ocean ecology and biogeochemistry, director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center
  • Bob Jacobson, the first marine Extension agent in the country, working with fishermen and seafood processors
  • Laurie Juranek, assistant professor of ocean ecology and biogeochemistry
  • Alejandra Sanchez-Rios, graduate student in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Bob Smith, OSU professor in physical oceanography, mentored by June Pattullo in the 1960s
  • John Byrne, former director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, dean of oceanography, NOAA administrator and president of Oregon State University

The event is part of the OSU150 Sea Grant Festival, OSU’s year-long celebration of 150 years as Oregon’s land grant university. See a full schedule of events February 12-24 and learn how our dedicated faculty are discovering new frontiers, educating current and future generations and working with communities to solve today’s most pressing issues.

By Nick Houtman

Nick Houtman is director of research communications at OSU and edits Terra, a world of research and creativity at Oregon State University. He has experience in weekly and daily print journalism and university science writing. A native Californian, he lived in Wisconsin and Maine before arriving in Corvallis in 2005.