Sam Chan

Extension Watersheds and Aquatic Invasive Species
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Office: 541-737-1583
Other: 503-679-4278
Fax: 541-737-7958

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1600 SW Western Boulevard

1600 SW Western Boulevard
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Affiliated with: 
Oregon Sea Grant
OSU Main Campus
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Research/Career Interests: 
  • Watershed Health
  • Aquatic Invasive Species

As of July 6, 2016, Sam is serving a one-year assignment with the National Sea Grant Office in Washington, D.C. In his absence, please contact Tania Siemens or Extension program lead Dave Hansen for matters related to Sam's program specialties. To reach Sam directly, please use the number listed under "Other," above. (See Biography tab for more information)


Professor Sam Chan is Oregon Sea Grant's expert in aquatic invasive species and watershed/aquatic ecosystem health. He conducts applied research and  provides public education and engagement to Oregonians understanding ways that invasive species spread, identify, controll and manage the spread of marine invasives.   He also serves on the Oregon Invasive Species Council, and is its past chair and on the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species. Sam has additional expertise in the areas of water quality and oil spill response and mitigation.  Through his expertise on water sustainability and water prediction,  Sam leads the broader impacts team for the National Science Foundation's Water Sustainability and Climate  research initiative engaging stakeholders in science predicting where, when and why water scarcity may manifest.  To improve public participation in the conduct and use  of science, Sam applies and conducts public awareness and enragement research to test evaluate and implement invasive species  and water sustainability educational programs.
Research/Career Interests:

  • Watershed Health
  • Water prediction and sustainability
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Research on collaborative science stakeholder engagement

 He is serving a one year leave as Extension Liaison at the NOAA Sea GRant Office in Silver Spring, MD, through July 2017. In his absense, please contact Tania Siemens.