About the Marine Studies Initiative

A new teaching and research model to address emerging issues and challenges facing Oregon and the globe.

Frequently Asked Questions

A new teaching and research model
The Marine Studies Initiative will increase understanding of coastal and ocean systems and promote sustainability on key issues including climate change, food security and safety, natural hazards, renewable energy production and natural resources management.

Leveraging OSU’s international leadership
The MSI is an interdisciplinary effort that will cohesively involve each of Oregon State’s 12 colleges, the university’s Graduate School, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, the university’s Marine Experiment Station and Seafood Lab.

A new framework of collaboration
The Marine Studies Initiative will create a new framework of collaboration – including students, faculty, government, industry partners and other institutions of higher education – tackle challenges facing the ocean, coastal communities and people who depend on a healthy, thriving marine environment.

Unique experiential learning
The MSI will provide vital knowledge and unique experiential learning opportunities and launch an undergraduate degree program in marine studies.

State-of-the-art facilities
The MSI will bridge world-class teaching and research facilities at Oregon State’s main campus in Corvallis and its Hatfield Marine Sciences Center in Newport along the Oregon Coast, where a new state-of-the art $50 million research and teaching facility will be constructed.

Learner-centric programs
By 2025, the MSI will have 500 students-in-residence throughout the year at the marine studies campus in Newport. Marine studies educational opportunities will be extended through OSU Extension outreach and engagement programs and in partnership with the state’s coastal community colleges.

Curriculum and research will blend the natural and social sciences
The MSI will blend the natural and social sciences to include themes of marine science, big data, business and technology, natural resources and ecosystems, coastal resiliency and public safety, marine policy, ocean law and science, education and human health.

Enhance the coastal economies and the environment
The MSI will increase understanding of Oregon and global coastal and ocean systems and promote sustainability on key issues including climate change, food security and safety, renewable energy production, natural resources management and natural hazards – such as seismic events and tsunamis.