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  • From genes to dunescapes: genetic and ecological consequences of a new “super beachgrass” hybrid for US Pacific Northwest coast ecosystem services
    Description:
    We will study a new hybrid formed between two invasive congeneric beachgrasses, Ammophila arenaria and A. breviligulata, on the US Pacific Northwest (PNW) coast. The hybrid has characteristics that suggest it could be a “super beachgrass” with hybrid vigor. By genetically verifying the new hybrid and the effect on the genetics and ecology of dune-building beachgrasses, we will explore an emerging and unstudied management issue that could have profound consequences for ecosystem services of the PNW coast. Laboratory and field studies will determine the genetics, morphology, growth rate, and species interactions of the hybrid compared to the parent species, while modeling will project how the hybrid beachgrass could affect coastal protection,carbon sequestration, and biodiversity of PNW dunes. Through our outreach efforts, we will connect this information to key stakeholders and utilize their efforts and expertise to collect data on the scope of the hybridization and possible management and policy responses.
    PI: Sally Hacker, OSU Integrative Biology
  • Quantifying and Communicating the Impacts of Groundfish Bottom Trawling on Deoxygenation and Nutrient Fluxes off Oregon
    Description: Studies of the effects of bottom trawling generally conclude that these activities cause mortality of demersal and benthic species, loss of habitat complexity, and sediment disturbance. We will leverage a unique opportunity on the Oregon continental margin created by the planned re-opening of the Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) for bottom trawling in 2020. In collaboration with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the trawl community, we will study sediment and bottom boundary water layer processes, documenting the incidence of bottom trawling effects and the extent of their associated biogeochemical impacts. The goal of our work is to provide regionally-relevant information to federal and state fisheries managers that may be factored into current and future ecosystem based management strategies. Outreach efforts will seek to publicize through multimedia formats a balanced presentation of industry and science-based perspectives on the tradeoffs between harvesting groundfishes for food and the wider ecosystem effects of trawling activities.
    PI: Clare Reimers, OSU CEOAS 

  • PBDEs/Methylmercury and Immune Function in Non-Stranded Male California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus)
    Description: California sea lions are a sentinel species for coastal pollution because they share a common prey base with humans; however, most research to date has focused on stranded sea lions, often long after disease first occurs. Commercial and recreational shellfish fisheries depend on coastal managers to provide information on potential human health impacts from coastal pollution, including methylmercury and polybrominated diphenyl ethers, as well as domoic acid from harmful algal blooms. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is authorized to lethally remove (via humane euthanasia) specifically-qualified habituated California sea lions in response to salmonid predation in the Columbia River Basin. The availability of a comparatively large sample size of non-degraded biological tissues presents a rare opportunity for researchers to address critical knowledge gaps relevant to the health status of non-stranded male California sea lions. Coastal pollutants will be analyzed in tissues, and immune function will be assessed. These data will inform coastal managers concerning sea lion health, ecosystem health, and potential health impacts to human populations, including tribal communities, who ingest the same varieties of seafood.
    PI: Sarah Rothenberg, OSU School of Biological and Population Health Sciences

  • Determining habitat suitability under climate change and ocean acidification for oysters in Oregon’s estuaries
    Description: 
    Oysters are a sentinel species in response to climate change; despite their persistence and ubiquity in temperate estuaries globally, they are generally found to be sensitive to ocean acidification and climate change. While Oregon has led the way in responding to ocean acidification impacts on larvae, there is continued concern that outplanted oysters (post-larvae and adults) respond to these climate change stressors in different ways. Our project adapts an existing model framework to identify optimal oyster habitats within Yaquina Bay, OR. Model simulations, as well as the visual output and design, will be developed in collaboration with project partners representing aquaculture, tribal, and land conservation/oyster restoration interests. Our team has an established working relationship with these stakeholders for an applied project that addresses Sea Grant priorities and the recommendations from the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia panel.
    PI: George Waldbusser, OSU CEOAS

  • How do beachgrasses build dunes?  Exploring foredune stability with native and invasive grasses to guide management practices on the Oregon coast
    Description: In Oregon, coastal foredunes are used as habitats for animals, recreation and living areas for people. Foredune management in Oregon is a chronic issue due to overloads of blowing sand piling up on coastal homes, and invasive beachgrasses compromising the habitat of endangered species. Most current knowledge of foredune building in Oregon focuses around either the large scale long-term patterns of dune evolution or the very small scale short-term patterns of sediment trapping by vegetation, yet there is no quantifiable link between the two. In management practice, it is the intermediate timescales that are important. We will follow the evolution of Oregon foredune geomorphology from the small to the large scale in the context of foredune management practices. Our goal is to develop fundamental insights into coastal dune behavior through experimental field manipulations of various beachgrasses including natives, non-natives and hybrid species. Our team of engineers, coastal geoscientists and ecologists will provide science-based foredune management guidance for the state of Oregon via a community accessible Oregon Dune Management Booklet. Project objectives, including the Booklet, were co-developed with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Oregon’s Coastal Management Program.
    PI: Meagan Wengrove, OSU Civil & Construction Engineering

  • Network Development for PRIMED: Primary Responders in Marine Emergent Diseases
    PI: Sarah Gravem, OSU, Department of Integrative Biology
  • iCrab Dance & Coding: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Teaching High School Students about Coastal Hypoxia
    PI
    : Darryl Thomas, Western Oregon University, Professor of Dance
  • A self-subsidizing fishery? What are Oregon Dungeness crab eating and can we quantify the value of bait contributions?
    PI: Sarah Henkel, OSU, Department of Integrative Biology
  • Oregon Kelp Alliance (ORKA) - Coordination & Communication Support
    PI: Tom Calvanese, OSU, Port Orford Field Station
  • Envisioning a resilient Oregon coast: Co-developing alternative futures for adaptation planning and decision-making.
    Description: This 3-year project is built on the premise that significant gains toward adaptation and hazard resilience can be realized by examining - and assigning value to - common resilience decisions and their trade-offs at varying scales (communities, counties, and the entire state). A transdisciplinary research team will develop, apply, and assess a transferable framework to improve coastal community adaptation and resilience to chronic and acute coastal hazards. This framework will combine deep stakeholder engagement, a powerful alternative futures model, and robust evaluation of policy and coastal hazard scenarios through expertise in natural sciences (geomorphology, coastal hazards), social sciences (environmental and resource economics, land use planning and urban ecology), engineering (civil infrastructure), and computer science (mathematical modeling). The project goal is to apply a transferable framework to increase adaptation and resilience planning within Oregon’s coastal communities.
    PI: Peter Ruggiero, OSU CEOAS 
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  • Intensified Aquaculture of Clonal Red Macroalgae on Panels Deployed in Land-Based Raceways and Marine Waters.
    PI:
    Gregory Rorrer, OSU, School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering (2018-21) 
  • Probiotic Solutions to Improve Pacific Oyster Larval Growth and Spat Settlement.
    PI: Carla Schubiger, OSU, Department of Biomedical Sciences,College of Veterinary Medicine (2018-21)
  • Perceived Risks and Concerns of Domoic Acid Neurotoxicity in Oregon Razor Clam Harvesters
    PIs: 
    Molly Kile, OSU, College of Public Health and Human Sciences and Lynn Gratton, University of Maryland
  • Using Marine Science Anchoring Phenomena to Build a Marine Research and Educator Alliance that Fosters Ocean Literacy (OR SEA)
    PI: 
    Lisa Blank, Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon Coast STEM Hub
  • Public Views of Fossil Fuel Export
    PI: 
    Hilary Boudet, OSU,  School of Public Policy
  • Exploring the Edge of the Pacific: Integrating science and literature education strategies to develop the next generation of coastal stewards
    PI:
    Cait Goodwin, OSU, Oregon Sea Grant,
  • Health assessment tool for emerging sablefish aquaculture
    PI:
    Carla Schubiger, OSU, Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Screening for novel antimicrobial peptides for pathogenic bacteria in aquatic species
    PI
    : Jung Kwon, OSU, Seafood Research & Education Center, COMES
  • Targeted recruitment activities to diversify the applicant pools and increase the success rates of underrepresented minorities applying to Oregon Sea Grant Scholar and Fellow programs
    PI
    : Jenny Engels, OSU, Oregon Sea Grant
     
  • Customer service training for coastal Oregon businesses.
    PI: Frank Burris, OSU Extension Service and Oregon Sea Grant
  • Voices of resilience in coastal fishing communities.
    PI:
    Flaxen Conway, OSU, Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University School of Public Policy
  • Developing effective curriculum on tsunami preparedness for coastal businesses on the Oregon coast.
    PI:
    Pat Corcoran, Oregon Sea Grant
  • Fresh/frozen seafood outreach pilot project.
    PI:
    Jamie Doyle, Oregon Sea Grant
  • Understanding Oregon Sea Grant’s Historical Connections to Cultural Groups
    PI: Jenny East, Oregon Sea Grant
  • Integration of the Arts and Marine Science: Evaluating Impacts of combined programming and developing tools for assessment
    PI:
    Flaxen Conway, OSU, Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon State University School of Public Policy
  • Stress response of gray whales to seismic acoustic disturbance
    PI:
    Leigh Torres, Oregon Sea Grant/OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Marine Mammal Institute
  • Distribution and ecology of the pelagic tunicate Pyrosoma atlanticum in the northern California Current during the 2017 bloom
    PI:
    Kelly Sutherland, University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
  • Threespine stickleback as a powerful new biomonitoring tool for near shore and estuarine habitats on the Oregon coast
    PI:
    Ann Petersen, Oregon State University – Cascades, Biology
  • A first step in identifying adaptation pathways for socially and environmentally sustainable scenarios to address flooding in Tillamook County, Oregon
    PI:
    Melissa Haeffner, Portland State University, Environmental Science & Management
  • Building Capacity for Fishermen First Aid and Safety Training
    PI:
    Viktor Bovbjerg, Oregon State University
  • Music as a Conduit for Science Awareness and Enjoyment
    PI:
    Jerri Bartholomew, Oregon State University
  • Changes in Oregon's nearshore fish assemblages, through the eyes of scientists and fishermen.
    Description: This project brings together fishermen’s knowledge to augment and complement scientific surveys on fish assemblages, or groupings, in the nearshore. A team of Oregon fishermen, managers, and scientists will generate information on nearshore fish assemblages by combining local and scientific knowledge, representing the state’s first use of these paired techniques. The resulting information will be used to characterize coastal fish assemblages over the past five decades and to inform fishermen, scientists, and managers about the use and sustainability of these habitats.
    PI: Lorenzo Ciannelli, OSU CEOAS
  • Effects of ocean acidification on behavior, development, and nutritional value of newly recruited coastal Dungeness crab.
    Description: Researchers will investigate sublethal ocean acidification (OA) effects on young Dungeness crab in a series of laboratory experiments to quantify body condition and growth, shell formation, molt rates, survival, escape and feeding behavior responses to current and future OA levels on the Pacific coast. Researchers will also partner with Oregon crab fishermen to capture adult crabs along the southern Oregon coast and evaluate their diets and body condition, as well as assess juvenile crab vulnerability to predation by older Dungeness crabs (i.e., cannibalism) and the effects of OA on the crabs’ ability to find potential food sources, including common baits used by fishermen.
    PI: Aaron Galloway, UO Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
  • Linkages between forestry practices and Oregon's estuarine shellfish.
    Description: Researchers will track concentrations of forestry-related aquatic contaminants in estuarine shellfish commonly consumed by humans (e.g., oysters and softshell clams) in several coastal watersheds dominated by different forest management regimes. An engaged stakeholder group representing diverse end-users will help frame the issue and guide the project. Ultimately the research team seeks to clarify connections between forest management regimes and contaminants in estuarine shellfish to inform future forestry policy discussion. The project will also inform oyster growers and softshell clam harvesters about spatially variable shellfish contamination, to better manage risk and future growing or harvesting.
    PI: Elise Granek, PSU, Environmental Science & Management
  • Oregon's Seafood Processing Workforce: The connection between demographic change, opportunities and challenges, and community resilience.
    Description: Through a case study focused on the Coos Bay/North Bend/Charleston region, which has a wide range of seafood processing operations and emergent demographic change, the research team will address the question, “What keeps seafood processing work vital, and how does this connect to coastal community vitality?” Objectives include collecting baseline data on changes in community demographics; documenting ongoing shifts in the demographic composition of the seafood processing workforce; identifying how workers manage challenges associated with the unpredictability and seasonality of seafood processing work; and identifying connections between resilience, adaptive capacity, and vitality of the seafood processing workforce and the broader community.
    PI: Marta Maldonado, OSU Ethnic Studies
  • Determining the response of Oregon pink shrimp larvae to ocean acidification and warming.
    Description: The research team will assess how ocean acidification and warming influence the survival, development, condition, behavior, and metabolism of pink shrimp, from hatching eggs through the post-larval stage. The data will be used to define pink shrimp ocean acidification and temperature thresholds (i.e., possible tipping points which, once crossed, have large ecological consequences). The research team will also determine whether citizen-science staining tools, adapted from previous staining kits for juvenile oysters, are applicable for shrimp and valuable to managers and to the fishing fleet.
    PI: George Waldbusser, OSU CEOAS
  • Improved delivery of water-soluble nutrients to marine fish larvae to promote expansion of US commercial aquaculture.
    PI:
    Chris Langdon, OSU Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (2017-20) 
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  • Improving the safety of shellfish consumption with probiotic-supplemented depuration and improved diagnostics.
    PI: Claudia Häse, OSU College of Veterinary Medicine (2017-19)
  • Gooseneck barnacles (Pollicipes polymerus) on the Oregon coast; Population description, feasibility of a fishery, fishery enhancement, and aquaculture.
    PI:
    Alan Shanks, UO Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
  • Envisioning a resilient Oregon coast: Co-developing alternative futures for adaptation planning and decision-making.
    PI:
    Peter Ruggiero, OSU CEOAS
  • Retrodicting earthquake source characteristics from tsunami inundation along the Oregon coast
    PI:
    Andrew Meigs, OSU CEOAS
  • The value of Oregon's deep-sea habitat to Oregonians
    PI:
    Andrew Thurber, OSU CEOAS 
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  • Integrating local students into coastal ecology research in Port Orford, Oregon.
    PI:
    Leigh Torres, Oregon Sea Grant/OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Marine Mammal Institute
  • Evaluation of essential knowledge, skills and experience required for veterinarians practicing aquatic medicine.
    PI:
    Tim Miller-Morgan, Oregon Sea Grant/Aquatic Animal Health Program
  • European green crab control methods: Sex pheromones as novel tools for monitoring and control.
    PI:
    Sylvia Yamada, OSU, Integrative Biology
  • Diet, energy budget and predation impact of early-juvenile coastal Pacific hake in the Northern California current.
    PI:
    Kim Bernard, OSU, CEOAS
  • A portable deep core for quantitatively sampling burrowing macroinvertebrates at greater than 1 meter depths.
    PI:
    John Chapman, OSU, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife 
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  • Microplastics in our food? – Providing a baseline for microplastic concentrations in the tissues of Oregon’s commercially and recreationally important Pacific oysters and razor clams.
    PI:
    Elise Granek, PSU, Environmental Science & Management 
    See video   Read story  Read Impact Statement
  • Sustainable fisheries workshop (AKA Fins, Fishes, and Fisheries).
    PI:
    Tracy Crews, Oregon Sea Grant
  • Engaging Collaborative College Pathways for Native American Youth in Coastal Tribes
    PI:
    Guillermo Giannico, Oregon Sea Grant/OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Students as Citizen Scientists: Research and Learning Aboard the R/V Pacific Storm
    PI:
    Tracy Crews, Oregon Sea Grant  Read Story
  • Collaborative Problem Solving and Prevention for Oregon’s Entangled Whales: Creating Oregon’s Cetacean Entanglement Community of Interest (COI) Group
    PI:
    Amanda Gladics, Oregon Sea Grant Extension Fisheries Management
  • Building Community Resilience Using Tsunami Quests to Enhance Public Hazards Preparedness and Awareness
    PI:
    Caitlin Goodwin, Oregon Sea Grant STEM Communication and Quests  See Video
  • Indexing the Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity of Marine Shellfish to Combined Stressors of Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia
    PI:
    Francis Chan, OSU, Integrative Biology
  • Does Ocean Productivity Contribute to Dune Ecosystem Function? Connecting Wrack Subsidies to Oregon Dune Coastal Protection and Conservation Services
    PI:
    Sally Hacker, OSU Integrative Biology
  • Distribution and Degradation of the Antidiabetic Drug, Metformin, and its Breakdown Product, Guanylurea, in the Columbia River Basin
    PI:
    Tawnya Peterson, OHSU, Institute of Environmental Health
  • Utilizing U/Ca Ratios to Determine Best Management Practices for Shell Planting and Oyster Culture to Mitigate Ocean Acidification Impacts
    PI:
    Alyssa Shiel, OSU CEOAS  See Video
  • Improving Coastal Ocean Forecasting and Visualization through Collaboration in Discovery, Learning, and Practice
    PI:
    Ted Strub, OSU CEOAS Read Story
  • Predatory Impacts of Large Medusae on Ichthyoplankton in the Northern California Current
    PI:
    Kelly Sutherland, University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology
  • Evaluating the Vulnerability of Oregon Seagrass Beds to Eutrophication
    PI:
    Fiona Tomas Nash, OSU, Fisheries and Wildlife See Video
  • Competing Effects of Relative Sea-Level Rise and Fluvial Inputs on Blue Carbon Sequestration in Oregon Salt Marshes
    PI:
    Robert Wheatcroft, OSU, CEOAS  Read Story
  • Development of a Sustainable Gooseneck Barnacle Fishery; Initial Investigations
    PI:
    Alan Shanks, University of Oregon Oregon Institute of Marine Biology Read Story
  • Research development for coastal flood monitoring using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
    PI:
    Jihye Park, OSU, School of Civil and Construction Engineering Read Impact Statement
  • Evaluation of marine science quiz bowls (Salmon Bowl/National Ocean Science Bowl [SB/NOSB]): What role does it play in recruiting talent to land/sea grant universities and thus achieve their mission?
    PI:
    Flaxen Conway, OSU, Oregon Sea Grant and School of Public Policy