2019

hand holding hundreds of small Pacific oyster larvae
This project evaluates the use of a habitat model, developed using geospatial raster layers of salinity, substrate, and elevation, in Yaquina Bay, Oregon to predict locations of Olympia oyster presence.
Dozens of boats in Newport's commercial fishing port
By better defining what has impacted Oregon’s small nearshore fleet members, this thesis explores whether the collective experiences of fishermen in the nearshore sector may contribute local ecological knowledge of other groundfish fishery habitatats.
This study provides insight on ways to effectively communicate policy-relevant information about the deep sea to an audience that has little to no prior knowledge of the ecosystem, yet who will be responsible for making use decisions of this habitat.

2018

This pilot study explores some of the requirements for workforce development and the expansion of ocean literacy by introducing fundamental ocean properties through the application of an open source oceanographic instrument.
This project focused on tribal members with ancestral territory on the Oregon coast. Tribal members from three tribes, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Coquille Indian Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw In
This research explores how the nature of their connection to the sea leads to different perceptions of risk and comfort with uncertainty, and how these differences might be important to consider when one group has information another group needs.

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