All students in grades 9-12 are invited to explore exciting careers in marine science at our Career Day events hosted during the spring and fall. 

COVID-19 Update: Although the Fall 2020 Career Day event cannot be held in-person, see below for NEW online events and resources.

Careers in Science Investigation (CSI) Webinar Series

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Is your kid fascinated by marine science? Do they often say they want to become a marine biologist? Encourage them to participate in our CSI webinars where they can engage LIVE with Hatfield Marine Science Center researchers and Oregon Sea Grant staff and explore opportunities in the marine science field. 

  • WHO: Students in Grades 9-12
  • WHEN: Coming soon! Be sure to check back for updates.
  • REGISTRATION: Pre-registration is required. Check back for details.
  • COST: Free!

Spring 2020 CSI Webinar Series was a Huge Success!

Thank you to all who joined us for our first-ever CSI Webinar series during Spring 2020. It was fun to explore career opportunities in marine science with you. If you missed the LIVE webinars, have no fear! All webinars were recorded and are linked within each event date listed below. Be sure to keep an eye out on for the Fall 2020 CSI webinar schedule and we look forward to 'seeing' you there!

WATCH NOW - Dungeness Crabs, Ocean Observing System in Antarctica (May 20)


Watch Past Webinars


Dr. Maureen (Mo) Walczak
Assistant Professor (Senior Research)
Geology and Geophysics
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University


Dr. Brendan Reilly
Post Doctoral Scholar
Geosciences Research Division
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
UC San Diego


We have one more webinar to bring to you before summer really hits! Join us and hear from researchers, Maureen Walczak and Brendan Reilly, who are gearing up to head out on an upcoming R/V Oceanus expedition this July. They will be collecting sediment cores from deep in the ocean to gain prehistoric information about the marine environment. Learning from the past can help researchers understand the causes of different environmental phenomena occurring today, including The Blob, low oxygen events impacting the Oregon Dungeness crab fishery, mountain glacier melting, and more. Come learn about their research so you can follow along with their progress during their expedition! 

Want to learn more now? Check out more information about the research cruise plans and how you can follow along, R/V Oceanus, and Maureen Walczak’s research ahead of time!

The webinar will last about 45 minutes and will be streamed via ZOOM Webinar with moderated questions and answers. The webinar will be recorded and posted to this website afterward.


Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Certified Aquatic Veterinarian (CertAqV)
Lead, Aquatic Animal Health Program
Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC)
Oregon Sea Grant
Oregon State University (OSU)



Michael Moses
Rocky Shores Coordinator
Oregon Coastal Management Program
Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development

Hear from Dr. Tim Miller-Morgan who is Oregon Sea Grant’s Aquatic Animal Veterinarian and leads the Aquatic Animal Health Program at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC). While Dr. Tim is involved in many projects, his primary focus is on the medical health and management of fish, sharks, and invertebrates at HMSC and beyond. He will also share highlights from his annual expeditions to the Rio Negro in the Amazon Basin where he has been working with local fishing communities involved in the sustainable aquarium fish trade. 

Then, hear from Michael Moses who serves as the Rocky Shore Coordinator at the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. He will discuss a variety of his marine science-focused work, from working at sea to slogging through tidal mud flats to conducting laboratory analyses and crafting science policy. He will also highlight some of his work on ocean acidification – how it works, the ways it impacts habitats, communities, and organisms, and what we might be able to do about it. So, for those of you who had requested to hear from someone who has done work in ocean acidification – this is the webinar for you!

Want to learn more? Be sure to check out the Project Piaba website where you can learn more and view a variety of videos taken during previous expeditions. 



Dorothy Horn
Graduate Student
Environmental Science and Management Department
Portland State University




Briana Goodwin
Oregon Field Manager
Surfrider Foundation



For all the participants requesting to hear about marine debris and plastics in the ocean – this is the webinar for you! Hear from Dorothy Horn, a graduate student at Portland State University, who is conducting research on plastics in our oceans and how it affects the organisms that live close to the shore. She will also share her experiences leading up to graduate school, including her time spent in the U.S. Marine Corps, time spent working with shore birds, and more! Then hear from Briana Goodwin who works with Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on ocean conservation efforts. She will share how she partners with Surfrider staff, volunteers, along with other ocean advocates, on numerous marine conservation projects in Oregon, including the development of the Oregon Marine Debris Action Plan. For those of you interested in learning more about what it is like to work for a non-profit organization actively working to protect the ocean, beaches, and waves that we enjoy, be sure to join us!

Excited to learn more now? Be sure to check out an article from January 2020 featuring Dorothy’s research in The Astorian: “Researchers examine impacts of plastic on mole crabs: Health of crabs an important indicator.” Also learn more about Surfrider Foundation's efforts to fight plastic pollution via their blog



Erica Fruh
Fisheries Biologist
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


Alexa Kownacki
Graduate Student
Fisheries and Wildlife
Oregon State University (OSU)


Join us and hear from Erica Fruh who works as a fisheries biologist for the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center. She will share how she and her team use Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) to capture footage from not so easily accessible places during world-wide research cruises. After the footage is collected, it’s Erica’s job to identify the species and habitats from images collected. She and her team have taken the AUV to American Samoa, Guam, Canada, up and down the US West Coast, and more! Then, hear from Alexa Kownacki who is a graduate student in Fisheries and Wildlife at OSU studying marine mammal ecology. Through her research, she is trying to understand the population health and habitat use patterns of common bottlenose dolphins off of California. She will also share her experiences exploring clinical, laboratory, and field research over the years leading up to graduate school. 

You can read more about Erica’s Fall 2019 expedition aboard NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker where they explored the deep sea along the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts. They were able to survey deep sea corals, sponges, and fish habitat!


Toby Harbison
Graduate Student
Marine Resource Management 
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University



Ashley Hann
Graduate Student
Marine Resource Management 
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University



This webinar will feature two graduate students from the Marine Resource Management graduate program within the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. First, Toby Harbison will tell you how her research takes her out on boats so she can answer questions about Dungeness crabs, a critical Oregon fishery. She will also share her pursuits of science and education leading up to graduate school, including SCUBA diving with tiger sharks, kayaking in front of glaciers in Alaska, confronting grizzly bears on a 100-mile trek through the mountains, and more! Then, you will hear from Ashley Hann who will discuss her recent fieldwork adventures at Palmer Station, a research station located in Antarctica! She and her team constructed an ocean observing system to get a closer look of what may be causing biological hotspots along the Western Antarctic Peninsula. Whether you are interested in being a biologist, physicist, chemist, carpenter, chef, or mechanic, all roles were essential to conducting the research in a very remote location. 

Learn more about Ashley’s research now! She and her team maintained a blog that outlines data activities and additional project details.



LTJG Michelle Levano
NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)




Dr. Scott Heppell
Associate Professor
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Oregon State University



Hear from Lieutenant (junior grade) Michelle Levano of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps (NOAA Corps). She will tell you how you can combine a love for science with uniformed service. Learn about how NOAA Corps Officers are uniquely capable of leading some of NOAA's most important initiatives. Then, hear from OSU’s, Dr. Scott Heppell, and learn about the Grouper Moon project, an effort to save the Critically Endangered Nassau Grouper. He will discuss a real-life marine conservation story about how two decades of continued action in the Cayman Islands has recovered a depleted fish population essential to Caribbean coral reefs and culture. 

Want to learn more now? Be sure to check out additional information and videos provided on the NOAA Corp website. Watch Grouper’s Last Stand to set the stage for Dr. Heppell's conservation success story!




Dr. Shea Steingass
Marine Mammal Program Leader
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife




Alissa Johnson
Chief Hydrographic Survey Technician
NOAA Ship Fairweather
Marine Operations Center - Pacific



Hear from Dr. Shea Steingass who leads marine mammal research, primarily focusing on seal and sea lion (pinniped) populations in Oregon. She will share why seal whiskers can tell us how animals live, give insight on what can be learned about pinniped diets by analyzing their scat (poop!), and more. Then, hear from Ali Johnson who works as a Chief Hydrographic Survey Technician aboard the NOAA Ship Fairweather. She will be talking about how her team uses sound to paint an image of the sea floor and determine depth. She will review the types of information needed to be able to effectively use the soundings she records and tell us how she knows when dolphins are nearby without looking out the window.

Get excited about their work! Checkout video footage taken during an aerial photographic survey of Oregon’s pinniped populations. Shea will be participating in these surveys for the first time this June! Learn more about hydrography and the benefits of being part of a NOAA hydrographic survey project.



Jami Ivory 
Research Assistant
Plankton Ecology Lab, Hatfield Marine Science Center
Oregon State University



Dr. Taylor Chapple
Assistant Professor
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Oregon State University



Join us and learn about the critters that form the base of the food chain and what it's like to study them. I bet you didn't know studying plankton can take you aboard a research vessel to exotic places like Antarctica? Come hear Jami Ivory discuss the adventures of a plankton researcher. Also hear from OSU's resident "Shark Guy" as he shares what it's like to study to behavior and movements of sharks using telemetry and biologging. Taylor is also committed to bridging the gap between science and the public through outreach and education. Check cool video footage of a camera tag being deployed on a white shark!



Amanda Gladics
Coastal Fisheries Extension Faculty
Oregon Sea Grant
Oregon State University 


Kristin Beem
Marine Technician
Marine Operations
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University


Hear from Oregon Sea Grant's Amanda Gladics as she shares about how she provides community education programs related to commercial fisheries that foster sustainability of fishery resources. She has taught consumers how to buy seafood directly from fishermen and processors, and she has worked with fishermen to prevent whales from becoming entangled in gear. Then hear from Kristin Beem, a marine technician working for Oregon State University (OSU) that sails both on the OSU R/V Oceanus and the USCG Ice Breaker Healy providing technical support to scientists at sea in the Pacific Ocean and the Arctic. She spends about 120 days a year out on the research ships fixing the internet, operating sonars, troubleshooting electronics, and deploying oceanographic instruments. 

Check out videos about how Amanda is working to promote the purchasing of local sustainable seafood through her Shop at the Dock program and is collaboratively working to ensure fishermen safety at sea through specifically tailored Fisherman's First Aid and Safety Trainings. Learn more about Kristin and her work through her "The Life Aquatech" website and then imagine yourself as an OSU student in Ocean Sciences as you watch a video of OSU undergraduates at sea aboard the R/V Sikuliaq. See if you can spot Kristin helping the students!

Other Career Resources - Detailed information about careers in marine biology, marine engineering, oceanography, and related fields, including personal stories of working scientists, salary ranges and educational requirements.

STEM Careers - Career resources for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

OceanAGE Careers - NOAA Ocean careers to inspire another generation of explorers. From underwater pilots to research scientists, these marine explorers provide students with first-hand knowledge of exciting careers through live interviews, profiles and mission logs.

Career Services at Oregon State University provides access to a variety of career planning tools.

Career Day Feedback

"I just wanted you to know my daughter had a great time and learned so much. She has been talking about it all weekend. I will highly recommend this to any of our students here in Hillsboro… Thank you again for such an information-packed learning experience." 
~Participant parent

"It opened my eyes to the other possibilities that I could do when I leave high school."