Oceangoing Research Vessel Program

During the 2013 legislative session, the Oregon Legislative Assembly enacted HB 3451 which established an Oceangoing Research Vessel Program at Oregon State University to assist in the research and study of the waters of the Pacific Coast. This state-funded program provides ship days to students and researchers from all of Oregon's public universities and natural resource agencies for the use of the R/V Oceanus to explore key coastal issues, including climate change impacts, ocean acidification and renewable energy. During the 2013-15 biennium, the multi-institutional Research Vessel Council enabled by the bill approved three proposals.

student researchers on ship
student researchers on ship

Council Members

Rachel Hausmann "The one week volunteering on Dr. Goldfinger's research vessel marks the most pivotal moments of my college career. I am currently working on a senior thesis investigating the level of shaking across Oregon and Washington during large earthquakes events within the past ~15,000 years. I had the pleasure of presenting this work in Zurich this summer at a Paleoseismology conference and will also present at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December, 2015."

-Rachel Hausmann, Portland, Ore.

Coquille Rex "Being able to actively learn how to utilize the shipboard equipment afforded me the confidence that oceanographic cruises are conceivably an imminent part of my future career path."

-Coquille Rex, Wilderville, Ore.

Genevie Guevara "That trip taught me that I really love doing field work. I'm interested in becoming a marine technician, who is the person who goes between the crew of a ship and scientific researchers to make sure everyone is on the same page."

-Genevie Guevara, Newport, Ore.