Scientists document first consumption of abundant life form, Archaea

Scientists led by an OSU post-doctoral researcher have documented for the first time that animals consume Archaea – a single-celled microorganism thought to be among the most abundant life forms on Earth.

Study: Endangered Antarctic blue whales show surprising genetic diversity

The first circumpolar genetic study of critically endangered Antarctic blue whales has found a surprisingly high level of diversity among the surviving population of some 2,200 individuals.

Lessons for the Northwest: Japanese death toll could have been worse...

If a similar earthquake and tsunami as those that devastated Japan in March of 2011 struck the West Coast, the death toll would be much higher because of a lack of education and preparation.

"Patchiness" altering perceptions of ocean predators, prey

New studies focusing on ocean “patchiness” suggest that it isn’t just the total amount of prey that is important to predators – it is the density of the food source, and ease of access to it.

Researchers eye monitoring system for offshore wind energy impacts

An OSU-led research team is looking at potential environmental impacts of offshore wind energy turbines and platforms - the first step in a new effort to tap wind for energy.

Oregon preparing for debris from Japanese tsunami

Debris from the Japanese tsunami is still on target to arrive at the end of 2012 and an Oregon State University expert says there should be little danger of radiation.

Scientists follow endangered whale from Russia for second straight year

For the second consecutive year, scientists from OSU and Russia have tracked an endangered whale from Russia's Sakhalin Island to the West Coast of the United States.