Marine Studies Initiative – Oregon State University

Marine Studies Initiative – Oregon State University


The reason I came to OSU is for the amazing
program they have out here at Hatfield Marine Science Center. We get to
come out here and do this for class credits. It’s amazing. Rockfish, surfperch, flatfish. If I had to guess incident I would say it’s juvenile (inaudible) The ocean is absolutely critical to life
on our planet and we know it’s changing so we have to
have some way to sort of keep our hands on the pulse of the planet. When we have lecture the students get the theories, but when they
come out to the field you can just see that there’s a whole new level of understanding. I think if many
of us look back on the courses that meant the most to us it is the hands-on classes. That’s what
Hatfield provides and what the Marine Studies Initiative will be
emphasizing. We’ve never had a student who didn’t love the coast. Never. Not a single one, they love it. See, these guys are soaked, but they’re having a good time. Their training here allowed them to take on jobs that are very, very influential. All around the world, in academics, in
government, in private industry. So one of the things I really love about
work with oysters and working with this facility is it involves a lot of different aspects, you’ve got the
farmers that we work with a lot, we also have chemical oceanographers that are helping us kind of define our seawater systems but we also work a lot with some the
economics people looking at what are going to to the impacts if the oyster industry starts to suffer. The teams here are not just scientific teams, they are members of the community or members of industry that are partnering with us on on these projects, so that’s what makes Hatfield a rather unique
place The ocean and the coast mean so much to different people for different reasons and the Marine Studies Initiative allows
integration of that rather than separation of that. Because of the way we’re
structuring the Marine Studies they’re gonna end up with that
interdisciplinary approach. And it doesn’t matter if they’re going to work in the
ocean or not they will be ocean literate but they will also have a skill set that they can apply anywhere. As we go forward, it is critical for our
students to understand their role in society. And a way to do that is to get this cross-disciplinary education. It’s to have those social
science classes, it’s to spend time on the coast with students from other majors
where they can learn from them and understand
that big picture that they’re trying to be a part of. It’s so important actually to not limit
this to Marine Science, because if you think about the ocean in
its fullest form as a place of recreation as a place of art, as a place of
literature, as a place of general excitement. And you think about the number of
people who live around the ocean how much the ocean affects us in terms of
food, in terms of recreation, just its very presence is the Liberal Arts that begins to help
us make sense to the complexities around that in the most interesting kinds of
ways. This is how we grow critical thinkers
this is how we grow the policy makers of the future this is how we grow artists and
musicians and writers who have a focus on the marine environment, is by allowing
everybody to live and work together in a place like
the Hatfield Marine Science Center. To be successful in marine studies you
have to be able to have some knowledge across-the-board and add all these different things. You
can’t go into marine policy and not understand how
a policy decision is gonna affect communities. It’s no coincidence that
Newport fleet is known for innovations in
fishing gear and activism in the political arena
because it’s part of the community. We’re in touch
and exchanging with the people who are gathering the knowledge and making management decisions, and I think it’s really healthy We’re there because we have a passion for
the science, we have a passion for the organism. We with a passion for the tool and to be able to take that into your
community is just a really powerful thing. Nothing compares to the opportunity here, to
collaborate with various agencies, to interact with the local
community and to work with students. Having this
Marine Studies Initiative and the expansion of the faculty will
spread over into the different federally and state agencies
that are here, and it will help to better prepare us for the future. I think the Marine Studies Initiative
will continue OSU’s leadership in ocean sciences and marine related activities and I think that we’re gonna march right
to the front on the global scene solving societies
challenges. Some other key issues that we’re addressing such as ocean acidification, such as
sustainability of natural resources, such as renewable
energy, coastal resilience. Those are issues that
are going to be critically important, already are
critically important around the world. So globally people
should be very interested in what we’re doing here, it’s not just an experiment.
It’s going to have a very large impact.

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