Sam Chan

Extension Watersheds and Aquatic Invasive Species
[email protected]

Office: 541-737-1583
Other: 503-679-4828
Fax: 541-737-7958

University Plaza

1600 SW Western Boulevard

1600 SW Western Boulevard
Corvallis, OR 97331

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

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 to help them understand, identify, control and manage the spread of marine invasives. He also serves on and is past chair of the Oregon Invasive Species Council, and is 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 engagement 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 recently served a one-year leave as Extension Liaison at the NOAA Sea Grant Office in Silver Spring, MD, through July 2017.