NOAA/ Sea Grant Database

Search for impacts and accomplishments of Oregon Sea Grant-funded projects using PIER - the NOAA and National Sea Grant project database.

To find information on a specific project, search the database using the titles of impact statements provided below. If you have difficulty finding a project, please contact us.

Elicitation of Antibiotic Natural Products in Multispecies Cultures of Deep-Sea Vent-Derived Microorganisms

PI: Kerry McPhail, Oregon State University, Pharmacy
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Enhancing Razor Clam Management Using Molecular Probes for Pathogen Detection

PI: Jeremy Weisz, Linfield College Biology
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Evaluating the Population Genetic Structure and Diversity of Dungeness Crab (Cancer magister)

PI: Kathleen O'Malley, OSU Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station
Impact statement: search PIER using title above. Read feature story, Journal article, Journal article

Exploring Albacore Stock Structure in the North Pacific with Radionuclide Tracers.

PI: Lorenzo Ciannelli, OSU CEOAS
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Preparing for Climate Change in Oregon Estuaries: Flooding, Ecological Impacts, and an Integrated Approach toward Adaptive Management.

PI: David Hill, OSU Civil and Construction Engineering
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Resistance of Pacific Oyster Larvae and Juveniles to the Effects of Ocean Acidification.

PI: Chris Langdon, OSU COMES
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Sea Grass as Possible Ocean Acidification Refugia for Shellfish in a High CO2 World.

PI: George Waldbusser, OSU/CEOAS
Thesis dissertation

Understanding Oceanic and Terrestrial Controls on Dissolved Oxygen Variability in the Coos Bay Estuary.

PI: David Sutherland, University of Oregon Geological Sciences
Read 2016 feature story; Journal article; Thesis dissertation; Read 2019 story, Read feature story

The Old(er) Men of the Sea: Graying of the fishing industry and its impact on local community resiliency

PI: Lori Cramer, Oregon State University
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RESULTS: Sixty-three interviews and oral histories were completed in the two research communities. Initial results indicate that commercial fishing family members, more so than community leaders, perceive graying as a threat. This threat was specifically related to changing fisheries regulations that affect consolidation, as well as to shifting intergenerational motivations to fish and dynamic social influences that increase barriers to entry for young people. Such changes may have implications for resilience, should they diminish the amount of financial, cultural, and human capital in these coastal communities. Findings were presented at the national Society for Applied Anthropology conference and the local State of the Coast conference, where one of the students received a poster award for effective science communication to a general audience. The researchers leveraged this Oregon Sea Grant funding and received a NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant to expand and extend their research to other communities along the coast.

After the Wave: Testing Pre-Tsunami Disaster Recovery Planning on the Oregon Coast

PI: Connie Ozawa, Portland State University
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RESULTS: The research team showed that communities prioritize immediate quality of life over investing scarce resources on future events. Communities need resource investments that simultaneously address today’s needs and mitigate against future harms, and that include disaster preparedness in collaborative planning projects. Local residents and emergency responders were interested in implementing these best practices in under-resourced communities. Finally, survey results found that visitors and residents alike were willing to pay for resilience improvements within communities they reside in or visit. Progress continues through collaboration with academics, legal experts, and planners to examine whether social benefits in relationships and communication between and among local actors is improved by dialogue. Planning for a FEMA workshop in the Nehalem Bay area is also underway.

Improving Juvenile Oyster Survival through Adaptation and Screening of Ocean Acidification Impacts.

PI: George Waldbusser, Oregon State University

Role of Fluvial Phytoplankton in Emerging Contaminant Exposure Pathways within Columbia River Food Webs.

PI: Tawnya Peterson, Oregon Health & Science University

Emerging Contaminants in Oregon Coastal Waters: Landscape Drivers and Synergistic Effects on Native Oysters.

PI: Elise Granek, Portland State University Environmental Science & Management.

Oregon Sea Grant is funding three projects in response to a special call for social science and human dimension research:

Building resilient coastal communities: A social assessment of mobile technology for tsunami evacuation planning.

PI: Lori Cramer, Oregon State University Sociology/School of Public Policy

Operationalizing Ecosystem Services Benefit Assessment Techniques for Marine Reserve Sites.

PI: Michael Harte, Oregon State University College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Implementing Ecosystem Based Management: Connecting Caretakers of the Oregon Coast with Transformative and Practical Legal Tools.

PI: Richard Hildreth, University of Oregon School of Law/Ocean & Coastal Law Center

Four west coast Sea Grant Programs (Oregon, Washington, California, and the University of Southern California) jointly fund coordinated projects bringing together west coast researchers to address issues of regional priorities. Current projects focus on the social sciences.

Scaling Up Cost-Efficient Community Engagement in Coastal Resource Management (2014-16).

PI: Julia Parrish, University of Washington; Shawn Rowe, Oregon Sea Grant; Heidi Ballard, University of California Davis.

  • An Integrated Engineering-Economic Vulnerability Assessment Tool to Increase Tsunami Preparedness in Rural Coastal Counties.
    PI: Young Chen, OSU Agricultural & Resource Economics
  • Understanding, Forecasting and Communicating the Linkages Between Hypoxia and Ocean Acidification in Oregon's Coastal Ocean.
    PI: Francis Chan, OSU Zoology
  • Developing Realistic Metrics of Acidification Stress for Commercially Important Bivalves in Variable Habitats.
    PI: George Waldbusser, OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS)
  • Sea Grant Professorship in Free-Choice Learning.
    PI: John Falk & Lynn Dierking, OSU Science and Math Education
  • Predicting Habitat Quality of Juvenile English Sole and Dungeness Crab in Coastal And Estuarine Nursery Grounds.
    PI: Lorenzo Ciannelli, OSU CEOAS
  • Taking Stock of Oregon’s Nearshore Fisheries: Development of Simple Assessment Tools for Better Management.
    PI: Selina Heppell, OSU Fisheries & Wildlife
  • Geomagnetic Imprinting and Homing in Salmon and Steelhead.
    PI: David Noakes, OSU Fisheries & Wildlife
  • Realized and Potential Larval Connectivity Along the Oregon Coast.
    PI: Harold Batchelder, OSU CEOAS
  • Modeling Myxozoan Disease in Pacific Salmon: Establishing Watershed Models for Predicting Effects of Climate Change.
    PI: Jerri Bartholomew, OSU Microbiology
  • Tides, Freshwater and Winds: Modeling the Impacts of Currents on the Oregon Inner Continental Shelf and Within Yaquina Bay Estuary.
    PI: James Lerczak, OSU CEOAS
  • Assessing the Socio-Political Context of Disaster Recovery in Coastal Oregon.
    PI: Lori Cramer, Oregon State University, Sociology
  • Toward Resilience and Sustainable Seafood Supply: Assessing Direct Marketing Approaches for the West Coast Fishing Communities.
    PIs: Barbara Walker, University of California-Santa Barbara. Oregon Sea Grant PIs are Jamie Doyle and Jeff Feldner.
    See Market Your Catch, an interactive website for fishermen that resulted from this project.
  • Successful Adaptation: Identifying Effective Process and Outcome Characteristics and Practice-Relevant Metrics.
    PIs: Pamela Matson, Stanford University. Oregon co-PI: Hannah Gosnell, OSU/CEOAS.