Sarah Kolesar

Associate Director – Research and Scholars
[email protected]

Office: 541-737-8695
Fax: 541-737-7958

University Plaza

University Plaza 328

1600 SW Western Boulevard

1600 SW Western Boulevard
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Affiliated with: 
Oregon Sea Grant
OSU Main Campus

Sarah Kolesar is the primary point of contact for researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates working under - or applying for - Sea Grant support. She joined Oregon Sea Grant in 2009 and became its research program specialist the following year. A former associate program manager at the Office of Naval Research's Biological Oceanography program, Sarah holds a Ph.D. in estuarine ecology from the University of Maryland and spent two years as a visiting professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Her research interests include the effects of low oxygen on trophic interactions, with a focus on fish, copepods and jellyfish, spatially explicit bioenergetics modeling and individual-based models. She has worked on research projects in Chesapeake Bay, Lake Erie, the Gulf of Mexico and the Black Sea.


  • Coordinates Oregon Sea Grant's competitive research program and program development grants
  • Oversees our Sea Grant Scholars fellowship program for graduate and undergraduate students