Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

A record high in research funding

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is at the forefront of observing and understanding our ever-changing world in support of a sustainable planet. In FY15, the college garnered $39 million in research grants. These dollars enable cutting-edge research critical to society, the economy and the Earth ecosystem.

With support from federal agencies and private foundations alike, we advance understanding of marine "dead zones," climate change impacts, subduction zone earthquakes, tsunamis, harmful algal blooms, wave energy potential and interactions between ocean conditions and commercial fishing stocks. In short, the college is helping people make informed choices about natural resources.

Below is a sampling of the year's awards:

  • Researchers complete final deployment of OOI instrumentation: The installment of a sophisticated research buoy and two undersea gliders completes a critical step in enabling real-time monitoring and assessment of the ocean — by scientists and citizens alike.
    Lead PI: Edward Dever
    Funding Agency: National Science foundation
    Amount: $4.1 million
  • Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI): Since 2007, OCCRI has served as the region's flagship clearinghouse for climate information. The institute reported on a number of timely issues in FY15, including regional drought and wildfire risk, as well as the mass of unusually warm water off the West Coast known as "The Blob."
    Lead PI: Philip Mote
    Funding Agency: U.S. Geological Survey, National Science Foundation and various others
    Amount: $2.8 million
  • OSU to outfit undersea gliders to "think like a fish": Researchers received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to fund a pair of undersea gliders that will use acoustical sensors and predictive algorithms to respond to environmental cues and identify biological hot spots.
    Lead PI: Jack Barth, Kelly Benoit-Bird and Geoff Hollinger
    Funding Agency: W.M. Keck Foundation
    Amount: $1 million

The college also continues to be an integral part of the university's research success. In FY15, Oregon State earned a record level of research funding, bringing in $308.9 million. This achievement represents an 8.38 percent increase over the previous year. In addition, total private sector funding from sponsored contracts, research cooperatives, royalties and other sources has risen 60 percent over the last five years — from $25 million in 2010 to more than $40 million in 2015.

OOI mooring

The Oregon shelf surface mooring is lowered to the water using the R/V Oceanus ship's crane. (photo courtesy of Oregon State University).

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