About OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center: The center is a research and teaching facility located in Newport, Ore., on the Yaquina Bay estuary, about one mile from the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. It plays an integral role in programs of marine and estuarine research and instruction, as a laboratory serving resident scientists, as a base for far-ranging oceanographic studies and as a classroom for students. In addition to Oregon State researchers and students, its campus includes research activities and facilities from five different state and federal agencies.

White shark population is small but healthy off the coast of Central California, study finds

The population of white sharks that call the Central California coast their primary home is holding steady at about 300 animals and shows some signs of growth, a new long-term study of the species has shown.

 

Roundhouse Foundation gift to support learning experiences in marine innovation and technology

The Roundhouse Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 to Oregon State University to support students conducting research and exploring careers in marine technology, innovation and entrepreneurship at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center to host virtual Marine Science Day April 10

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will host its annual Marine Science Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10.

New insights into close encounters between albatross and fishing vessels could reduce bycatch risk

A novel analysis of encounters between albatross and commercial fishing vessels across the North Pacific Ocean is giving researchers important new understanding about seabird-vessel interactions that could help reduce harmful encounters.

New DNA-based technique allows researchers to determine age of living beluga whales in Alaska

Researchers can now determine the age and sex of living beluga whales in Alaska’s Cook Inlet thanks to a new DNA-based technique that uses information from small samples of skin tissue.

Hormone metabolites found in poop give researchers new insight into whale stress

Poop samples are an effective, non-invasive tool for monitoring gray whale reproduction, stress and other physiological responses, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

Shifts in water temperatures affect eating habits of larval tuna at critical life stage, study finds

Small shifts in ocean temperature can have significant effects on the eating habits of blackfin tuna during the larval stage of development, when finding food and growing quickly are critical to long-term survival.

New Zealand blue whale distribution patterns tied to ocean conditions and prey availability

Oregon State University researchers who recently discovered a population of blue whales in New Zealand are learning more about the links between the whales, their prey and ocean conditions that are changing as the planet warms.

Public urged to refrain from approaching seal pups on Oregon beaches

The public is urged to refrain from approaching seal pups on Oregon's beaches. Young seal pups are at risk from well-meaning people who mistakenly try to rescue them.

Sales of OSU whale license plate support study of Oregon whales and more

Nearly 10,000 Oregonians have purchased gray whale license plates since they went on sale a year ago, providing critical support for Oregon State University researchers studying gray whales that frequent Oregon’s waters.

 

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