Talk on Our Changing Ocean

September 5, 2019 - 6:30 PM
Newport Visual Arts Center
777 NW Beach Dr
Newport, OR
MidCoast Watersheds Council

Algae and sea star at low tide in marine reserve.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Intertidal researcher Heather Fulton-Bennett will speak on “Oregon’s Changing Ocean: What Kelp, Sea Stars, and Other Organisms Can Tell Us” on Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m. in Newport’s Visual Arts Center (777 N.W. Beach Dr.), Room 205.  The public is invited to this free lecture, sponsored by the MidCoast Watersheds Council. 

From sea star wasting disease to ocean acidification, our coastal ecosystems are changing in ways that may test their resilience. While understanding these changes and their impacts can be daunting to study, long-term monitoring and research can provide information that can help us decide on appropriate management steps. The Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), a collaborative effort of four universities including Oregon State University, has been doing such monitoring on the West Coast for two decades.

Heather Fulton-Bennett, a PhD candidate at PISCO, will highlight some of the results of this work, focusing on the long term changes along our coasts, current efforts, and what can be anticipated in the future.  Fulton-Bennett works with Drs. Bruce Menge and Jane Lubchenco. Her research focuses on the effect of ocean acidification on seaweeds in Oregon and New Zealand. Before joining Oregon State she earned a master's degree at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in California studying marine science and kelp ecology.