Term: Summer 2018

Advisor: Chris Langdon

Location: COMES, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon 97365

Funding support:

Hourly stipend: $12 per hour

Expected hours/week: 40

Duration: 12 weeks (summer term)

Housing benefit offered in addition to stipend of up to $300 per month for a stay at the apartments of the Hatfield Marine Science Center


Project description:

The student will participate in a project designed to evaluate the use of probiotic bacteria in the protection of oyster larvae against other bacterial pathogens. Our group has already made progress in this research and found several probiotic bacterial strains that protect oyster larvae. We anticipate that the BES student will continue this work using mixtures of probiotic bacterial strain and testing them with other oyster life stages apart from larvae.

In addition, the BES student will be involved in a range of activities related to oyster culture in our program. These will include culture of microalgae, rearing larvae and juvenile oysters, planting and harvesting oysters at various farm sites on the West Coast. Most of the activities will be related to an oyster breeding program called “The Molluscan Broodstock Program” see: http://marineresearch.oregonstate.edu/molluscan-broodstock-program

At the end of the summer the student will have learnt:

1)      oyster larvae and microbiological culture techniques

2)      design and execution of laboratory experiments

3)      collection and management of data from laboratory experiments

4)      report writing skills, that include data presentation and simple statistics (most statistical analyses will be undertaken by others in the team).

A report on the student’s project will be expected at the end of the summer together with a poster and short PowerPoint presentation.



The student should be self-motivated, self-reliant and eager to learn new techniques and skills. The student should posses “common sense” and be able to make day-to-day decisions without a lot of supervision. On field trips, the student should be comfortable working with animals under (sometimes) inclement weather and muddy conditions. The student will need to be able to carry a 20 lb load (bag of oysters) over a distance of 100 yards.

The student will be expected to work up to 40 h per week during a 12 week period, although a flexible schedule will be possible if the student wants to take time off for personal reasons.