Marine Studies Initiative at CEOAS
Our oceans matter.
That's why at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, we are educating future scientists and stewards on critical aspects of the marine ecosystem — whether near-shore processes, air-sea exchanges, resource management, elemental cycles and food webs or water resources.
It's also why we support Oregon State's Marine Studies Initiative (MSI), a university-wide commitment that will have local to global impacts on the economy and environment.
Together with our partners across the university and state, we have a strong track record of helping to ensure healthy, sustainable oceans.
Existing programs such as our Marine Resource Management graduate degree showcase our commitment to providing students with the multidisciplinary training necessary to bridge the gap between sciences and policy.
Emerging programs such as our undergraduate Ocean Science option provide broad, quantitative and rigorous training in marine environments along with experiential learning opportunities.
Specific ways in which we support the strategic goals of the Marine Studies Initiative include:
A transformational educational experience centered on marine studies
Our mission is the education and training of students to become engaged members of society who can grapple with complex environmental and resource issues.
All undergraduate degree programs require a substantive field or internship experience, such as research at Hatfield Marine Science Center or state-funded ship time that gives students first-hand knowledge of the coastal ocean.
Transdisciplinary marine research and scholarship
Excellence in research and discovery is key to our identity.
CEOAS research cuts across the entire Earth sciences, including basic research on physical, chemical, geological and biological processes in the solid earth, ocean and atmosphere, and on relevant aspects of the social sciences.
Our researchers continue to make linkages between disciplines, exploring for example, how changes in ocean chemistry impact the oyster industry, or how nitrates move through streams and eventually impact the coastal ocean.
Societal impact in Oregon and beyond
CEOAS is committed to making our science accessible, to sharing discovery and to uniting scientific and experiential knowledge in support of a sustainable planet.
Whether presenting to Oregon coastal communities on mitigating coastal hazards and climate change, or hosting the flagship Salmon Bowl competition to improve ocean literacy among regional high school students, we support the aims of the Marine Studies Initiative to increase societal impact in Oregon and beyond.