Saturday, February 24, 2018
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Learning Innovation Center, Room 100, Corvallis
Sponsored by the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science

We used to think that the oceans are unchanging and inexhaustible. After all, they are vast, covering 70 percent of the Earth, and the forces that drive them dwarf human endeavor. But today, in the course of a single human lifetime, our view has fundamentally changed, thanks largely to scientists who have explored extreme realms. Researchers at Oregon State University have documented life forms, invented new ways to the see below the surface of the sea and found ways to protect ocean ecosystems and to serve human well-being. OSU scientists are using this knowledge to fashion a new relationship to the ocean, one that values its bounty and beauty. On February 24, hear from some of those who led the way and others who are still on the front lines of this urgent work.

For event questions or accommodation requests, please contact Shelly Signs, (541) 737-0724 or

Dr. Bob Collier, Professor Emeritus, Ocean Ecology and Biogeochmistry. Served as Project Manager for the OOI Endurance Array between 2006-2014. Currently focusing on "special projects" for the OOI operations group.  Along with Barth and Dever, Collier was co-PI on the original OSU proposal to establish the Endurance Array. 


Dr. Burke Hales, Professor, Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry




Dr. Bob Jacobson 

attended Oregon State as an undergraduate and member of the Beaver basketball team, graduating with a degree in Business and Technology in 1963. Three years later, he became the country's first Marine Extension Agent, working with coastal fishermen and seafood processors, as well as state-wide policymakers, for nearly three decades.

Dr. Laurie Juranek, Assistant Professor, Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry specializing in dissolved gases, isotope biogeochemistry, marine biological pump, and marine carbon cycle


Alejandra Sanchez-Rios, Ph.D. Graduate Student, Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences



Dr. Bob Smith came to Oregon State in 1960 as one of the first graduate students in the brand-new oceanography program. Guided by June Pattullo, he received a Ph.D. in 1964 for a study of coastal upwelling. His research has focused on physical oceanography over the continental shelf and slope, especially in eastern boundary currents. 


Dr. John Byrne came to OSU in 1960 as a faculty member, later becoming department chair, dean, director of the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and vice president for Research and Graduate Studies. He took leave to serve as administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and returned to OSU in 1984 as its twelfth president.