Wednesday, February 21, 2018
4 - 6 p.m.

126 SW McKenzie
Corvallis, OR 97330

Come tour OSU’s Ocean Observing Center and see the giant surface buoys, seafloor platforms and underwater robots that OSU scientists use to explore the ocean off the Pacific Northwest coast. The Ocean Observing Center is home to OSU’s part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, the largest civilian oceanography project in history. Come see how oceanographers and engineers use specialized underwater sensors to monitor changing ocean conditions off Oregon and Washington, from Warm Blobs, low-oxygen events and even the ocean response to the recent solar eclipse. You’ll see specialized laboratories, a high bay for instrument and buoy preparation, and equipment such as forklifts, a gantry crane, and a water tank for ballasting autonomous underwater gliders.

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Dr. Jack Barth

is a professor of oceanography in Oregon State University's College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. He received a Ph.D in Oceanography in 1987 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography. Jack's research seeks to understand the spatially and temporally variable circulation, water mass structure and ecosystem response in coastal waters. He has led a number of research, technology development and ocean observing system projects off Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Jack participated in the Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics (GLOBEC) Northeast Pacific and the Coastal Ocean Processes (CoOP) research programs, including serving as Chief Scientist on many interdisciplinary research cruises. His present research includes a focus on the characteristics and formation of low-oxygen zones off Oregon.

Dr. Edward Dever

has played a leadership role in the design, construction and operation of the Observatories Initiative (OOI). The OOI is a long-term, National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded program to provide 25-30 years of sustained ocean measurements to study climate variability, ocean circulation and ecosystem dynamics, air-sea exchange, seafloor processes, and plate-scale geodynamics. Dr. Dever is the project manager for the Northeast Pacific Endurance Array component of OOI. In his work for OOI, he has set science and engineering requirements, performed technical evaluations of instruments and platforms developed and acquired for OOI, and overseen the design of several OOI platforms.  Since 2015, he has managed the operation of the Endurance Array by setting science directions, overseeing OOI work and OOI deployment and recovery cruises.

Jonathan Fram

 is the systems engineer for the Endurance Array portion of the Ocean Observatories Initiative. His field of research is environmental fluid mechanics. He received his MS and PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley. As a post doc at the UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute he delineated physical processes that affected nutrient dynamics in biogeochemical hotspots including kelp beds, coral reefs, Arctic lakes, and vegetated tidal marshes. He also completed a post doc at the University of Hawaii where he worked on the Kilo Nalu Cabled Observatory characterizing fluxes between sandy seafloors and the overlaying water column. See Jonathan Fram's CEOAS profile for more information.