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Dr. Joe Ebersole meets up with Brianna to talk about her achievements

The Oregon coast currently has a thriving community of juvenile starfish (or sea stars), with some places seeing populations with as many as 300 times the typical number, researchers said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is undertaking a three-month investigation of one of the most mysterious places on Earth: the Mariana Trench.

...a new study has found a remarkable lack of diversity in the maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA within the species.

NEWPORT, Ore. - Sperm whales lack a diversity of DNA inherited with their mothers, with 1,000 samples examined over the past 15 years sharing DNA from the same whale, researchers said...

The river that was fabled for its millions of salmon each season saw significant decreases following dam construction.

Many open ocean fish—big fish that are fundamental to the food supply of many, many nations—[have] larvae that hang out on coral reefs. Once that habitat is gone, those fish are not going to make it.

An NOAA vessel is surveying the area surrounding the Mariana Trench has so far spotted an unknown jellyfish and amoeba living in the deep.

Fifteen years ago, America’s vast $50 million Pacific groundfish fishery, which stretches some 1,200 miles from Southern California to the Canadian border, collapsed.

Bottlenose dolphins have been observed chattering while cooperating to solve a tricky puzzle – a feat that suggests they have a type of vocalisation dedicated to cooperating on problem solving.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife invites applicants for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Instructor/Curator position. Reappointment at the discretion of the Department Head.

Researchers who study fish put a high value on biodiversity in the field, yet a new study found a surprising lack of diversity among fisheries scientists themselves.

The survey, in collaboration with the Department of Conservation, was led by marine mammal expert professor Leigh Torres of Oregon State University.

The Whale Trail‘s Donna Sandstrom says Bruce Mate is “one of the world’s great whale researchers” – and is excited that he’s booked for the spring Orca Talk, 7 pm April 21st at The Hall @ Fauntleroy.

Results of the research, which was conducted in northern California, have just been published in the Journal of Wildlife Management.

Professor Chris Langdon came to OSU in 1986 from the University of Delaware to work on oysters. Seaweed had not been part of his research until he started examining it as feed for abalone about 20 yrs

Undergrads engage in research across the state

Oregon State University marine scientists are eager to show you all the ways they’ve devised of looking into the briny deep.

Theresa Kirchner tells us about taking a class in Antarctica!

Natalie Mastick recounts her adventures in Antarctica - all while earning school credit.

Oregon’s water is tested for suspended solids, certain chemicals, heavy metals, but not for pharmaceuticals.

How to prioritize restoration actions and develop effectiveness monitoring programs - Registration ends April 25th!

The most recent discoveries of debris that could belong to the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 aircraft do not appear to have been in the ocean for very long.

The population of southern right whales in the waters off New Zealand is just 12 per cent of its size before whaling began, according to a new study.

Bruce Mate, director of OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute, and his wife Mary Lou are pledging a new fellowship endowment to support graduate students at the institute.

Debris covered in Japanese writing started washing up on Oregon shores. There were coolers and tubs and canisters and boats. Perhaps most famously, a massive dock - 165 ton chunk of concrete and steel

Humans have long depended on the sea as a source of food and a means of travel. But the world's oceans offer another essential resource: energy. And Scotland's Orkney Islands boast optimal conditions

Striking purple-blue sea creatures, Velella velella, have washed up by the thousands on on Seaside beach and other stretches of the north Oregon coast in recent days, tourism officials said Monday.

Fishing buoys, fuel drums and even a derelict squid boat were among the tons of debris that floated into Alaska waters after Japan’s 2011 devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Beth Orning walks along the rim of a steep ravine, the brittle, rime-crusted grasses crunching under her boots. A chill mist shrouds the surrounding hills...

When debris from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in northeast Japan first wended its over through the Pacific Ocean’s currents, concerns about potential radioactive contaminants...

The Antarctic Peninsula region is explored during the voyage and the region is the focus of a long-term whale tagging research project that was initiated by Dr. Ari Friedlaender

“For the first time in 70 years, the park has a complete suite of predators and prey,” [said] Oregon State University forest ecologist William Ripple

In waters off the West Antarctic Peninsula, Ari Friedlaender, an ecologist with Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, found that humpback whales fed exclusively at night...

A recent study by the National Park Service offers good news for one of the species that has become a measure of the threat to biodiversity posed by global warming.

National Geographic Explorer and marine ecologist Leigh Torres made the likely discovery of nursing while on a research cruise in the South Taranaki Bight off the western coast of New Zealand.

"Yeah, once you're a birder, you can never turn it off. You're always looking for birds wherever you are — even when you're driving, which is kind of hazardous," said birder Noah Strycker.

The Ogooué River Reveals a new species of fish that uses electric pulses for navigation and communication.

The American pika could face local extinction in some national parks due to climate change, a new report says.

Two years ago, Dr. Leigh Torres (OSU) documented 50 blue whales in the South Taranaki Bight, some of New Zealand’s busiest and most industrialized waters.

The American pika may actually fare well in warmer temperatures brought on by climate change, according to a new study from Oregon State University.

A team of international researchers funded by National Geographic are studying the pygmy blue whale foraging ground 40km north of Farewell Spit.