Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Research Highlights 2017

The 2017 edition of our Research Highlights features the accomplishments of our outstanding faculty and students. Their achievements reflect our intrinsic culture of scientific excellence, and a deep commitment to advancing understanding of a changing planet. This commitment is exemplified by our Regional Class Research Vessel project, the largest grant in the university’s history. CEOAS is overseeing the design and construction of the newest research vessels in the U.S. fleet, which will provide valuable scientific capacity for studying our oceans.

This publication includes other exceptional research efforts that describe how past ocean temperatures may serve as a prologue to our future climate, and that examine the driving climatic forces behind toxic algal blooms and their impacts on human health and the shellfish industry. Our researchers are studying how the temperature of magma can help predict volcanic eruptions, determining the environmental drivers of krill hotspots in Antarctica, and exploring the complex linkages between the ocean, fog and coastal redwood forests. From the highest peaks to the core of the earth, from the web of rivers draining the mountains to the open ocean, and from a prehistoric past to a future yet unknown, our faculty and students are exploring today’s complex problems. These pages give you a unique opportunity to follow alongside them.

Roberta Marinelli, dean

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