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Yellow tang study shows marine reserve benefit

Marine ecologists at Oregon State University have shown for the first time that tiny fish larvae can drift with ocean currents and “re-seed” fish stocks significant distances away – more than 100 miles in a new study from Hawaii.

Global Ocean

With one of the largest concentrations of marine scientists in the nation, OSU’s ocean research has gone global.

Acid Ocean

Water that upwells seasonally along the West Coast of North America is growing increasingly acidic, according to a survey conducted in 2007 by an international team of scientists. In June, they reported finding acidified ocean water within 20 miles of the shoreline, raising concern for marine ecosystems from Canada to Mexico.

Spring 2008

Difficult Terrain Researchers and the people who document their work often travel on the edge. Portland photographer Gary Braasch trains his lens on scientists who work in what he calls “difficult terrain”: alpine mountaintops, Antarctic ice sheets and glacial valleys. In a recent presentation for OSU’s Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature and the Written […]

Deep Ecology

The astounding array of seafloor organisms — brittlestars and bivalves, marine worms and sea pens, cold-water corals and sponge species by the score — plays a vital role in ocean systems by providing food and shelter for finfish and shellfish.

Great Blue Engine

The ocean shimmers to the curved rim of the Earth. Pressing her face against the jetliner window, Dawn Wright scans the azure expanse for a glimpse of her destination, a tiny volcanic archipelago that is barely a blip in the vast South Pacific. At 5,000 miles from Wright’s office at Oregon State University, American Samoa is closer to New Zealand than to Hawaii.