Mission of the Living Marine Resource Cooperative Science Center

The mission of The Center is to conduct research congruent with the interests of the NOAA Fisheries and to prepare students for careers in research, management, and public policy that support the sustainable harvest and conservation of our nation's living marine resources.

Oregon State University a partner in the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center

A new, five-year round of federal funding will enable the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and its partners, including Oregon State University, to continue a signature science program that trains students from under-represented communities in the field of marine and fisheries sciences.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded UMES and its partners approximately $30 million to extend support of the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center from 2021 through 2026. The Center was founded in 2001.

The Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, under the direction of UMES professor Paulinus Chigbu, is aligned with six partner institutions that also offer students opportunities to participate in hands-on field research.

Since its inception, the consortium of colleges and universities has produced more than 375 graduates, including bachelor’s degrees, master’s and doctoral degrees.


Oregon State University Links

Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Newport Oregon. 

The Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station conducts research to understand, utilize, and sustain marine resources and coastal ecosystems in order to benefit the citizens of Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, the Nation, and the World.

College of Agricultural Sciences

Our work in Oregon and beyond creates safe, healthy food, solutions to environmental issues, potential cancer therapies, and clean waterways. It creates jobs and a stronger economy. Our discoveries help the next generation make an impact on the world.

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University aspires to preeminence among academic programs in ecology, management, and conservation biology in terrestrial, aquatic, and marine ecosystems. We are dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge in conservation of biodiversity, natural resource management, and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Department of Applied Economics

We use economic tools to understand and help solve society’s problems, from maximizing local business vitality to limiting environmental degradation and climate change.

Savannah Clax

Savannah Clax

Savannah Clax is originally from Canton, OH and Louisville, KY. During high school, Savannah took a marine biology course that sparked in interest in the marine sciences. She attended Savannah State University where she received a bachelor's degree in Marine Sciences. Currently, Savannah is a master's student in Marine Resource Management at Oregon State University and her research focuses on climate changes impacts on fisheries.

Leanne Cohn

Leanne Cohn

Leanne Cohn was awarded the prestigious NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center Fellowship to start her graduate studies in MRM. After earning her B.S. in wildlife management and conservation from Humboldt State University in 2016, and gaining lots of field experience, Leanne’s determination and strong interest in GIS, climate change, and fisheries come together on a research project with Chris Harvey focused on the potential geospatial, biological, environmental and socio- economic impacts of offshore wind on fisheries in Oregon.

Jamon Jordan

Jamon Jordan

Jamon Jordan is a fisherman at heart. His love of fishing manifested into a career pursuit as a marine scientist. With a background in fisheries and GIS, he found himself interested in leveraging satellite data for understanding and predicting the distribution of marine communities. This led him to find the Marine Resource Management Program at OSU to conduct research on the applications of seascapes in the Kavanaugh Lab. He is currently interested in understanding how seascapes can be used to predict habitat compression of swordfish due to their importance to the Chumash tribe.

Jennifer Wong-Ala

Jennifer Wong-Ala

Jennifer Wong-Ala is originally from the coastal town of Waimānalo, O’ahu and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (OEAS) program. She earned her M.S. in OEAS at OSU, a B.S. in Global Environmental Science at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, and an A.S. in Natural Science from Kapi’olani Community College. Jennifer’s Ph.D. thesis focuses on the connectivity and transport of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii in Hawai’i coastal waters. T. gondii causes the disease Toxoplasmosis which is currently the number one cause of mortality for the adult female Hawaiian Monk Seal’s. Her general research interests include the dispersal and transport of plankton in the ocean, interactions between larval behavior and ocean physics, and population connectivity of marine life.

Contact information

Project Director of the LMRCSC at OSUDr. Jessica Miller, Assistant Professor, Marine Fisheries Ecologist
Office: Hatfield Marine Science Center, Education Bldg, Rm 13
Office Phone: 541-867-0381
Fax: 541-867-0345
Email: jessica.miller@oregonstate.edu
Website: Marine and Anadromous Fisheries Ecology Lab
Address: 2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport OR 97365

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