Students in grades 6-12 are invited to explore careers in marine science and STEM via our careers in science webinar series. Age-specific webinar dates, registration, and speaker information is provided below.

Careers in Science Webinar Series

Do you know a student fascinated by marine science? Do they often say they want to become a marine biologist? In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education converted its traditional in-person Career Day event to a webinar series. The series ran from Spring 2020 through Spring 2021 hosting 50+ professionals who discussed a variety of careers in marine science and STEM. We encourage all marine enthusiasts to checkout one, a few, or all of our previously recorded webinars listed within the "Watch Past Webinars" section below.

Career Day participants learn survival basics as they race to get on their survival suit.

Careers in Science Investigation (CSI)

  • Audience: Students in Grades 9-12

  • Dates: TBD

  • Times: 4 PM (PT)

Growing Engineers and Marine Scientists (GEMS)

  • Audience: Students in Grades 6-8

  • Dates: TBD

  • Time: 4 PM (PT)

 

Registration and Cost

Both CSI and GEMS webinars are free to anyone! Pre-registration for each webinar date is required. Registration links and information about our speakers are provided below.

 

Important Note for Teachers:

We welcome you to incorporate our webinar series into your virtual classroom! You can do so one of two ways:

  • Simply register for the webinar yourself and share the link provided in your confirmation email with your students. Feel free to enter your name as “Ms. Smith's 9th Grade Class” if you want the webinar hosts to recognize your students from your class.
  • Or, If you would prefer to not share your webinar link with your students, you can also encourage your students to register individually and they will receive their own link via email. 
  • All questions can be directed to Lindsay Carroll, [email protected]

Careers in Science Webinars were a Huge Success!

Thank you to all who joined us for our Careers in Science Webinar series held Spring 2020 - Spring 2021. 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. There are 20+ hours of professionals discussing their paths to their careers in marine science for you to enjoy! Feel free to reach out to us with future webinar topic requests or if you are a teacher who is hoping to learn how to incorporate our webinar series into your classroom ([email protected]; 541-867-0233).

WATCH NOW - Dr. Selene Fregosi - Sounds of the Sea (Oct 21)

 

Watch Past Webinars

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Featuring:
Anja Brandon takes science to DC

Dr. Anja Brandon
AGU/AAAS Congressional Science Fellow - Plastics and Sustainability 
Senator Jeff Merkley
United States Congress

 

 

Shallin Busch headshot

Dr. Shallin Busch 
Deputy Director
Conservation Biology Division
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 

 

Join us and learn about how to make your science more relevant to policy makers and how to plug in yourself into the policy making process! Hear about how your scientific training can be directly applied to policy skills. Dr. Anja Brandon is the AGU/AAAS Congressional Science Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, where she works on policy issue areas including climate, environment, oceans, and plastics. Anja holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University where she was awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her work. Her doctoral research focused on developing novel methods to degrade common plastics, an essential step towards creating cost-effective waste management systems that mitigate the environmental impact of plastics. Also hear from Dr. Shallin Busch, the Deputy Director of the Conservation Biology Division of NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center. She is interested in how environmental changes impact animal physiology and population dynamics. Her current research involves collaborating with others to understand the impacts of changing ocean conditions (associated with climate change and ocean acidification) on Pacific Krill. She will share how her research efforts are aimed to generate the necessary data that will inform policy at state, national, and international levels. 

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Featuring:
Blaine Schoolfield holds an oyster.

Blaine Schoolfield
Molluscan Broodstock Program Manager
Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Oregon State University 

 

 

Virginia Chapman headshot.

Virginia Chapman
Administrative Assistant
Marine Operations
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 

 

Interested in hearing how you can use employer-sponsored educational opportunities to pay for your college education and help you advance your career? Or how on-the-job experiences can transform your career focus? Join us and hear from Virginia Chapman who serves as an Administrative Assistant in support of NOAA's Marine Operations. She will share how her career path, including a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (BBA), has led her to support marine science efforts without having a degree in marine science. Also hear from Blaine Schoolfield who has been the Program Manager of the Molluscan Broodstock Program at Hatfield Marine Science Center for the last seven years. She will tell us what inspired her to study science as a child and how it led her to a varied career path in terrestrial, freshwater and marine sciences. She will also discuss ways to pursue a job in field based science and career opportunities in shellfish aquaculture.

Want to learn more ahead of time? Be sure to checkout this video where Blaine provides a virtual tour of the the Oyster Hatchery at HMSC! The Molluscan Broodstock Program has been working in partnership with the West Coast oyster industry to improve the performance of Pacific oysters through genetic selection since 1996. MBP works with industry growers in Oregon, Washington, California, Alaska and Hawaii to improve yield and disease resistance in their stocks, providing selected broodstock and guidance for use in their own hatcheries. 

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eaturing:
Brittany Blades, mammal curator at Oregon Coast Aquarium interacting with Rosa the sea lion.
 

Brittany Blades
Curator of Mammals
Oregon Coast Aquairum

 

 

Doug Batson, Dive and Boat Safety Officer at the Oregon Coast Aquarium prepares for a SCUBA dive.


Doug Batson
Dive and Boat Safety Officer
Oregon Coast Aquarium
 

Interested in hearing about the exciting, unique, hands-on job opportunities at the Oregon Coast Aquarium? This is webinar that you can't miss! Join us and hear from Brittany Blades who serves as the Curator of Mammals. She will share what it's like to care for the charismatic animals that make up some of the must-see Aquarium exhibits. If you want to work directly with animals in your future job, be sure to tune in and ask Brittany all of your burning questions! Also hear from Doug Batson who serves as the Dive and Boat Safety Officer. For those of you interested in a future job where the dress code includes a wet-suit, tune in to learn about the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s dive program – including both animal husbandry dives in the exhibits, as well as conservation research offshore. Both Brittany and Doug are alumni of Oregon State University - so be sure to join us and hear the paths they took to get to where they are today!

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Esta presentación incluirá/Featuring:
Guillermo Giannico paddles with river with students.
Dr. Guillermo Giannico
Profesor y Especialista en Extensión/Professor and Extension Specialist
Oregon Sea Grant
Oregon State University

 

 

Alex Avila holding a rockfish
 

Alexandra Avila
Candidata a Doctorado/PhD Candidate
el Departamento de Pesquerías y Vida Silvestre/Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Oregon State University

 

De la Patagonia al valle del Willamette, via Haida Gwaii.  Unete a nosotros y escucha como trabajar con nutrias de río en la Patagonia lo llevó al Dr. Guillermo Giannico a estudiar martas en un archipiélago de la Columbia Británica y luego ecología de salmones. El explica como su trabajo con salmones y truchas lo trajo a Oregon, donde él actualmente trabaja como profesor y especialista en extensión para Oregon Sea Grant en Oregon State University. Escuche a Alexandra M. Ávila, candidata a doctorado en el Departamento de Pesquerías y Vida Silvestre de Oregon State University. Su investigación examina los efectos de las corrientes oceánicas y los patrones en la distribución de China Rockfish (Sebastes nebulosus) a lo largo de la costa de Oregón y Washington. Su trabajo ayudará a desarrollar los modelos necesarios para mejorar la gestión de la pesquería China Rockfish. Alex también compartirá cómo su amor por ecosistemas acuáticos, ya sea el océano, los ríos o los lagos, que la llevó a trabajar en áreas costeras de los Estados Unidos, Ecuador, las Islas Galápagos y la Amazonia Ecuatoriana. Únase a nosotros y descubra el camino que tomó Alex para llegar a donde está hoy.

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From Patagonia to the Willamette Valley, via Haida Gwaii. Join us and hear how working with river otters in Patagonia led Dr. Guillermo Giannico to study pine martens in an archipelago of British Columbia and then to salmon ecology. He explains how his work on salmon and trout brought him to Oregon, where he currently works as a Professor and Extension Specialist for Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University. Hear from Alexandra M. Avila, a PhD candidate within the Department of Fish and Wildlife at Oregon State University. Her research examines the effects of ocean currents and patterns on the distribution of China Rockfish (Sebastes nebulosus) along the coast of Oregon and Washington. Her work will help develop models needed to improve management of the China Rockfish fishery. Alex will also share how her love of water, whether it is the ocean, rivers or lakes, led her to working in coastal areas across the United States, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, and the Amazon Rainforest! Join us and find out the path Alex took to get to where she is today.

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Featuring:
Suzanne Winquist giving a penguin a handshake


Suzanne Winquist
Graduate Student
Seabird Oceanography Lab
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Oregon State University

 

 

Graduate Student, Rebecca Mostow poses in front of stunning sunset


Rebecca Mostow
Graduate Student - Dune Ecology
Department of Integrative Biology
Oregon State University

 

What do cows and penguins have in common? Join us as Suzanne Winquist shares how her winding career path went from increasing biodiversity on working ranches to strapping video cameras onto penguins in Antarctica. Her story is an adventure guided by curiosity and the love of wildlife, wild places, and science! Learn how her unique experiences led her to her current graduate work researching Adelie penguins within the Seabird Oceanography Lab at Oregon State University (OSU). Also hear from Rebecca Mostow, a graduate student at OSU studying dune ecology and beachgrass hybridization. Rebecca will share how she combines dune plant surveys and genetic lab work to investigate how grasses build the iconic Oregon coast dunes. She will also discuss some of the (mis)adventures that lead her to a career in ecology, including how a pinky promise and rotting whale launched her on her scientific path.

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Featuring:

Paul McElhany driving a boat

 

Dr. Paul McElhany
Mukilteo Station Chief, Researcher
Ocean Acidification Program
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 

 

Captain Daniel Simon on a NOAA Research ShipCaptain Daniel Simon
Director
Marine Operations
Marine Operations Center - Pacific
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 

Join us as we feature two professionals working for the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Hear from Dr. Paul McElhany who serves as a Researcher with NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program, an interdisciplinary partnership of researchers working to understand global impacts of ocean acidification. Are you a fan of Dungeness crab? Are you curious how the species is responding to changing ocean chemistry? Dr. McElhany will share how some of his recent projects are investigating the impacts of OA on this commercially important species. Also hear from Captain Daniel Simon who is the Director of NOAA's Marine Operations. Captain Simon will shed light on the behind the scenes logistics and activities necessary to support scientific investigations conducted from NOAA research vessels. Researchers would not be able to collect their data, or write and publish their findings without the support of Captain Simon and his Marine Operations team. Join us and learn the different ways you can support unique and innovative research without serving as the lead scientist!

Interested in learning more? Learn more about how researchers in NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program are working collaboratively to understand the societal impacts of OA. Also be sure to checkout how the NOAA's Marine Operations Center - Pacific works to provide logistical, administrative, and engineering support to NOAA's Pacific Fleet.

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Featuring:
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area LogoMiranda Turn

Seasonal Ranger
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
Bureau of Land Management

 

Amy Ehrhart, Oregon Sea Grant Aquaculture Fellow, on estuarine mudflat with oysters

 

Dr. Amy Ehrhart
Aquaculture Fellow
Oregon Sea Grant
Oregon State University

 

 

Join us and hear from Education and Outreach Staff from the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (YHONA). They will share what it is like to educate people of all ages about the unique critters found in Oregon’s tide pool habitats. If you have interest in incorporating education and outreach into your future job, be sure to join us and find out more information about seasonal education positions available at YHONA via the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Also hear from Dr. Amy Ehrhart who is currently working as an Aquaculture Fellow with Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University. She will talk about growing up and going to college in a land-locked state while aspiring to be a marine scientist, graduate school research on contaminants in marine ecosystems, and working with the aquaculture industry in Oregon. 

Interested in learning more? Be sure to check out Ranger Miranda talking about shore crab adaptations in her "Yaquina Minute: Crabdaptations" video. Also - Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is a "must see" of the Oregon Coast - learn more and plan your visit today! You can also learn more about Amy by perusing her personal website and reading about her "Oregon Aquaculture Highlights" in her recent Oregon Sea Grant blog post.

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Featuring:
Itchung Cheung, Academic Programs Manager, Hatfield Marine Science Center


Itchung Cheung
Academic Programs Manager
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Oregon State University

 

 

 

Cynthia Leonard, Academic Advisor, Marine Studies Initiative, Oregon State University


Dr. Cynthia Leonard
Academic Advisor
Marine Studies Initiative
Oregon State University

 

 

Interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in marine biology or marine studies? Have you always wondered what coursework or opportunities are available to you at Oregon State University (OSU)? Join us and hear from Itchung Cheung, the Academic Programs Manager for OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC). He has been instrumental in developing academic programs at the marine science center including an expansion of internships, course offerings and growing areas associated with the OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative. Itchung mentors students within OSU’s marine biology program and is passionate about emerging technologies in teaching, experiential education, student research training, and diversity in the sciences. Also hear from Dr. Cynthia Leonard, Academic Advisor for the Marine Studies Initiative. She will discuss the different marine academic programs, majors, and minors at Oregon State University. She will also share what Ocean11 -- OSU’s first cross-campus, transdisciplinary super cool and active student marine club -- is all about and up to!

Interested in learning more? Be sure to check out the Marine Studies Undergraduate Major associated with the Marine Studies Initiative as well as Marine Biology at HMSC. This is a great opportunity to bring all of your questions to these Academic Program advisors as you prepare for college!

Featuring: 

Erin Peck, OSU Graduate student, carries a sediment core through the salt marsh

Erin Peck
Graduate Student - Salt Marshes, Geology
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University (OSU)

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Jenna Sullivan-Stack monitoring the tide pool critters found along the Oregon Coast

Jenna Sullivan-Stack
Post-Doctoral Scholar
Marine Ecology and Conservation
Department of Integrative Biology
Oregon State University (OSU)

View Jenna's Presentation Now!

 


One consequence of climate change is rising seas, which threaten coastal habitats like salt marshes. Hear from Erin Peck how she measures how salt marshes grow and bury carbon in an effort to stay above the water and protect our coastal communities. As an exciting bonus, sometimes she finds 300 year old tsunami sand from the last major Oregon earthquake. Join us and find out how! Then, hear from Jenna Sullivan-Stack who is a postdoctoral scholar in Integrative Biology at OSU. Jenna studies the impact of climate change and disease on sea stars and other organisms that live in coastal tide pools. Her research also helps connect science with policymakers that are making decisions on ocean protection. If you want to work with sea stars, sea urchins, sea anemones and more - be sure to join us and find out how Jenna got to where she is today.

Webinar recording notes: During Erin's presentation - she showed a video of her in the salt marsh with an OSU graduate level class (Cascadia Field Course). If you are interested in pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree from OSU's College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS), be sure to check out the specific degree programs and the variety experiential learning opportunities (including field courses) that CEOAS has to offer! During Jenna's presentation, we discussed how students can get involved and volunteer to assist with rocky shore (tide pool) data collection efforts along the Oregon Coast. Be sure to check out the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) website for additional information about student mentorship and training opportunities.

Featuring:

Megan Shapiro, NOAA Survey Tech checks out a smooth lumpsucker aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson.


Megan Shapiro
Survey Technician
NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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George Waldbusser investigating oysters on a mudflat


Dr. George Waldbusser
Professor/Researcher - Biogeochemistry
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University

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Hear from Megan Shapiro, who works as a survey technician aboard NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson. She will share how she assists with fishery research, operates monitoring instruments, records data, assists with the deploying research equipment, and more! If you are interested in a future job that enables you to spend time at sea, conduct research, troubleshoot equipment, instruments, and more - be sure to join us! Then, hear from Dr. George Waldbusser, as he discusses his career pathway from a solid "B" HS student to tenure track faculty at OSU. George works on research ranging from estuarine biogeochemistry to invertebrate responses to climate change. He has also worked regularly with coastal stakeholders and has made multiple trips to Washington DC to discuss the value and importance of research in making policy decisions. George will discuss what it means to be an active researcher, educator, and science communicator in a rapidly changing world with differing views of science. 

Featuring: 

Megan Considine poses at Seal Rock, Oregon (Photo Courtesy of Megan Considine)Megan Considine
Graduate Student - Invasive Species
Marine Resource Management
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University (OSU)

View Megan's Presentation Now!

 

Anna Bolm aboard a research vessel at sunset (Photo Courtesy of Anna Bolm)

Anna Bolm
Graduate Student - Microplastics and Zooplankton
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Oregon State University (OSU)

View Anna's Presentation Now!

 

Join us and hear from Megan Considine, a master’s student in the Marine Resource Management Program at Oregon State University studying the detection and prevention of an invasive mud blister worm that causes marketing challenges for commercial oyster farms. She will be talking about her background growing up on the Chesapeake Bay, her passion for oyster restoration, and her current endeavors as a graduate student at OSU. Then, we will hear from Anna Bolm, a master's student at Oregon State University researching microplastics in micro-critters. Find out how a Midwestern art student ended up 200 miles offshore on a research cruise and eventually collecting trash underwater!

Featuring:

James Roubal
Program Coordinator
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
& Washington CoastSavers

View James' Presentation Now!

 

Kelsey Lane sailing at sunset (Photo Courtesy of Kelsey Lane)Kelsey Lane
Graduate Student
Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University

View Kelsey's Presentation Now!

 

 Hear from James Roubal James who is the Program Coordinator for Washington CoastSavers and the Olympic Coast chapter of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. He will share how growing up on the shores of Lake Eerie, he discovered the natural and cultural riches of the Great Lakes and other aquatic habitats. His passion fueled his career, as he now coordinates the largest single day beach cleanup in Washington. He will also share about his previous experiences organizing environmental stewardship and volunteer programs. If you are interested in a future job in marine conservation, be sure to join us!

Then, hear from Kelsey Lane, who studied geology and biology in college and couldn't decide what she wanted to focus on. It wasn’t until she did a study abroad program on a sailboat that she realized that studying oceanography allowed her to combine her passions for geology, biology, and spending time at sea. Now, she is a graduate student at Oregon State University, researching foraminifera, a type of tiny plankton you study under a microscope that tells big stories about climate. Want to learn more about her research now? Be sure to check out the article, “Signs of a Changing Ocean” from OSU’s Terra Magazine and learn how a “sailor turned scientist!”

Featuring: 
Cheryl Strong, Wildlife Biologist with US Fish and Wildlife Service

Cheryl Strong
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
US Fish and Wildlife Service

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Jennifer Krajcik holding a coho salmon

Jennifer Krajcik
Fish Hatchery Manager
Oregon Hatchery Research Center
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

View Jen's Presentation Now!

 

If you want to work with fish or wildlife in the future - this is the webinar for you! Hear from Cheryl Strong, a wildlife biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service working with endangered species along the Oregon coast, including the Western snowy plover. Cheryl will talk about her career path in becoming a wildlife biologist, what cool animals she has been able to see or handle in person, and what it's like to work for the federal government. She really enjoys training the next generation of scientists as well as handling birds with sharp talons. Then, hear from Jennifer Krajcik who manages the  Oregon Hatchery Research Center located in Alsea, Oregon. Learn about the facility, what it’s like to culture salmon, the positions needed for center function, and the different research questions Jen and her staff are working to answer using cultured salmon.

Featuring:
Saskia Madlener

Saskia Madlener
Science Documentary Producer
Oregon State Media Productions
Oregon State University

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Alexandra Simpson
Alexandra Simpson
Graduate Student, Coastal and Ocean Engineering
College of Engineering
Oregon State University

View Alexandra's Presentation Now!

 

Hear from Saskia Madlener, who works as a science video and film producer for Oregon State University (OSU) Media Productions. She will share how she combined her passion for science and film as she followed researchers to Greenland to shoot and produce a short documentary for her Master’s thesis. She then spent years traveling all over the world to produce videos for scientists and research institutions. Then, hear from Alexandra Simpson, a coastal and ocean engineering graduate student at OSU’s College of Engineering. For her research, she is using drones and X-band radar to learn more about coastal phenomena, such as rip currents, surface waves, internal waves, and tidal fronts. 

Want to learn more? Saskia is now the co-director of The Second Warning, a documentary about a scientist turned advocate in the face of climate change - be sure to check it out! Alexandra’s research was also recently featured in a web story, “Eyes from the Sky.

Featuring:
Selene FregosiDr. Selene Fregosi

Postdoctoral Researcher, Bioacoustics
Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies
Oregon State University/NOAA PMEL

View Selene's Presentation Now!

 

Victoria Quennessen, graduate student at Oregon State University

Victoria Quennessen
Graduate Student, Fisheries Science
Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station
Oregon State University

View Victoria's Presentation Now!

 

Hear from Dr. Selene Fregosi, a marine mammal acoustician, who uses sound to study marine life. She will share how and why scientists use acoustics to study whales, some of the cool technologies she uses to listen to the ocean, and why noise pollution is a conservation concern. Tune in to hear some unique marine mammals sounds! Then, hear from Victoria Quennessen, a graduate student in Fisheries Science at Oregon State University (OSU), who is currently working to develop mathematical and computational tools to help address fisheries management and sea turtle survival in the face of climate change. She will also discuss her path in marine science, including her undergraduate experience, what it’s like to work in a lab, and her experience as a first-generation graduate student.

Featuring:
Clara Bird

 

Clara Bird
Graduate Student
Marine Mammal Institute
Oregon State University

 

 

Andrew ThurberDr. Andrew Thurber
Associate Professor/Researcher
College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State University

 

Hear from Clara Bird, a graduate student in the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (GEMM) Lab at OSU where she is using drone footage to study the body condition and behavioral ecology of gray whales. She has also used drones to study Adelie penguins, humpback and minke whales off of the Western Antarctic Peninsula. Then, hear from Dr. Andrew Thurber, an Associate Professor and researcher with OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. He will share how the deep sea off Oregon and Washington is home to many different habitats, including incredible biodiversity at habitats known as methane seeps. He and his team have recently discovered thousands off of our coast and are using remotely operated vehicles (submarines) to sample them to try and understand how they fit into our coastal ocean and society. 

Want to learn more now? Read more about how Dr. Thurber was part of a team of scientists who discovered the first active methane seep in Antarctica in this OSU news article and watch the sampling of methane seeps first-hand via footage from Nautilus live. Also, check out the GEMM Lab website to learn more about the research team and their projects and read their blog!

Featuring: 

Maureen Walczak

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

Brendan Reilly

 

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.

Featuring: 

Aquatic veterinarian Dr. Tim Miller-MorganDr. 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
 

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 mudflats 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. 

Featuring: 

Dorothy Horn

 

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

 

 

Briana Goodwin

 


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

Featuring: 

Erica Fruh

 

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

 

Alexa Kownacki


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 bottle-nose 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!

Featuring: 

Toby Harbison


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

 

 

Ashley Hann


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.

Featuring: 

Michelle Levano

 

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

 

 

Scott Heppell

 

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 have 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!

Featuring: 

Shea Steingass stands on a boat in Resurrection Bay, Alaska.

 

 

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

 

 

Ali Johnson stands on a boat with a glacier in the background.

 

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 seafloor 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! Check out 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.

Featuring: 
Jami Ivory

 

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

 

Taylor Chapple

 

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!

Featuring: 

Amanda Gladics

 

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

 


Kristin Beem

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!

Two high school students collect small aquatic life from a river using nets with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff member

Other Career Resources

MarineCareers.net - 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.

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