Ocean Events


Gray Whale Webinar

July 7, 2020

Gray Whale at Depoe Bay.\Photo by Rena Olson.
Gray Whale at Depoe Bay.\Photo by Rena Olson.

One of the longest mammal migrations in the world takes place just off the Oregon coast twice a year.  An upcoming webinar explores the lives of gray whales, the creatures whale-watchers see most often, which are in the midst of these epic...


Rocky Habitat Working Group Meeting

July 8, 2020

Rocky habitat at Ecola State Park.\Photo by Laurel Hillmann.

The initial proposal period for site designations under the state’s new Rocky Habitat Management Strategy is now underway.  On Wednesday, July 8, the Rocky Habitat Working Group of Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will...


Ocean Science Trust Meeting

July 10, 2020

Researchers deploying an ROV in a marine reserve.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

The Oregon Ocean Science Trust, which seeks to acquire and distribute funding for research in Oregon’s ocean, particularly its marine reserves, is meeting virtually on Friday, July 10, 9 a.m.-noon. 

A key topic on the...


Aquaculture Seminar

July 14, 2020

Dr. Jan Hodder.

Bandon’s Shoreline Education for Awareness (SEA) has resumed its seminar series, now moved online.  First up will be Jan Hodder, retired from her position as a senior lecturer at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, where she taught about marine birds and mammals for more...


Marbled Murrelet Survey Training

July 16, 2020

Marbled Murrelet at sea.\Photo by Rich MacIntosh.
Marbled Murrelet at sea.\Photo by Rich MacIntosh.

The 15th annual marbled murrelet community survey is taking place this year, virus or no virus, but due to pandemic restrictions the volunteer training will be virtual this time around.  The only training for 2020 takes place on Thursday,...


Virtual Science Pub Walrus Talk

July 22, 2020

Sheanna Steingass.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC in Newport hosts a Science on Tap series.  These are casual talks on scientific subjects, held at the nearby Rogue Brewery, combining food, beer, and entertaining explorations of research topics.  They are fun, educational…and,...


Meeting on Ocean Acidification

July 31, 2020

Testing ocean waters in an Oregon marine reserve.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Oregon’s Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Council will hold its summer meeting on Friday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At present, the plan is still to hold an in-person meeting, place to be determined.  Watch this...

Past Events


Humpback Whale Talk

January 18, 2020, Newport

Humpback whale breaching.\Photo by Tiffany Boothe.

Karen Lohman, a graduate student in the Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Laboratory at Oregon State University, will be speak on "Where are the breeding grounds of the West Coast's humpback whales?" as part of the American Cetacean...


Seminar on Crab Research

January 16, 2020, Newport

A crab in the hand.\Photo by Rena Olson.

Sarah Henkel, a benthic ecologist based at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, will speak on “Tracking Crabs: A Highly Collaborative Scientific and Law Enforcement Adventure,” as part of the HMSC Seminar Series in the Guin...


Rocky Habitat Meeting

January 16, 2020

Rocky shore habitat at low tide.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

The Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council’s Rocky Habitat Working Group holds its next meeting on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The meeting may not actually run that long, but sufficient time has been allowed for whatever...


Talk on Ocean Water Quality

January 11, 2020, Yachats

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center.\Photo by Andre' Hagestadt.

The Winter Speaker Series at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center hosts Briana Goodwin, Oregon field manager for the Surfrider Foundation, for a talk about beach water quality on Saturday, Jan. 11, 11 a.m. at the visitor center (2400 U.S....


Seminar on Pyrosomes

January 9, 2020, Newport

Pyrosomes washed up on the beach.\Photo by Steve Morey.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) Seminar Series is hosting a talk on a subject of great recent interest to marine scientists and beachcombers alike, the massive quantities of pyrosomes in our waters and on our beaches that...


Presentation on the Future Coast

January 8, 2020, Cannon Beach

Pat Corcoran.

The Friends of Haystack Rock will kick off the new year with a look at the coast of the future.  As part of the World of Haystack Rock lecture series, Patrick Corcoran of Oregon State University Extension will speak on “Envisioning the Coast of the Future.”  The event, free and...


Sea Otter Science Pub

December 19, 2019, Newport

Sea otter in its kelp habitat.\Photo by David Gwilliam.

The Oregon State University Science on Tap series offers a science pub experience devoted to sea otters on Thursday, Dec. 19.  To clarify, this is a science pub about sea otters, not for sea otters—all humans are welcome to this free...