Oregon State University has launched the Marine Studies Initiative, a new model to address emerging issues and challenges facing Oregon and the globe.

"The College of Agricultural Sciences might not be the first place you’d expect to find world-class marine research. But here it is. For more than 75 years, our researchers have lived and worked on the Oregon Coast, creating opportunities for coastal communities and economies. Our scientists lead the world in understanding marine systems, from the smallest phytoplankton to the largest mammals on earth."

- from Oregon's Agricultural Progress  

 

Gil Sylvia

Gil Sylvia

director of Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station

"The vital mission of COMES is to integrate the concepts of use and conservation in ways that truly align with the principle of sustainability." 

Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller

fisheries ecologist

"We look at how current environmental variability and potential future changes in the ocean could affect how fish grow, how they feed, how they move, and how they survive to reproduce. Without putting all these pieces together, we can’t really understand how the environment is affecting the relative abundance of fish populations."

Scarlett Arbuckle

Scarlett Arbuckle

experiential learning coordinator and instructor

"The reality is that employers are expecting more and more, and we want to make sure that our students get the most hands-on, real-world experiences in the marine field."