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Sam Chan

Sam Chan

Watershed Health and Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist

Oregon Sea Grant Extension, 1600 SW Western Blvd, Suite 350, Corvallis OR 97333
Cell Phone: 
503-679-4828
Fax: 
541-737-3039
Sam Chan is Oregon Sea Grant's expert in aquatic invasive species and aquatic ecosystem health. He provides public education and engagement to Oregonians of all ages on identifying, controlling and managing the spread of marine invasives, and conducts research to test evaluate and implement invasive species educational programs. He also serves on the Oregon Invasive Species Council, and is its past chair. Sam has additional expertise in the areas of water quality and oil spill response and mitigation.
Projects/Specialties: 
  • Sam is leading a two-year, NOAA-funded regional research and outreach project to combat aquatic invasive species on the West Coast. The team, including other West Coast Sea Grant programs and additional partners across the region, is working to develp better methods for predicting and managing the risks of aquatic invaders and understanding the economic value of early detection and rapid response.  Learn more about this national research project.
  • He is the Broader Impacts Team Leader for a $4.4 million National Science Foundation project, Willamette Water 2100, anticipating water scarcity and informing integrative water system response in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Working with teachers, science curriculum developers, science supply houses and other professionals, Sam is guiding the development, testing, refinement and sharing of marine invasive species educational materials for k-12 classrooms to minimize the role of schools as pathways for invasive species.
  • Leading a first-of-its-kind course for graduate and undergraduate students, Extension Approaches to Bioinvasions and Invasive Species, designed to help students recognize how Extension approaches can help analyze and solve problems.
  • Partnered with print and broadcast media on the award-winning 2008 statewide public education program, "Stop the Silent Invasion."

Learn more: Education helps stem the tide of invaders (OSU Extension)

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Oregon Sea Grant
1600 SW Western Blvd
Suite 350
Corvallis OR 97333
Phone: 541-737-2714
FAX: 541-737-7958

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