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Within top-ranked graduate programs, our faculty train and mentor future leaders. If your interest is related to the coasts and ocean, we can help direct you to a graduate program that best fits your needs. Contact us

Through the Marine Studies Initiative, we are advancing transdisciplinary research and scholarship by forming networks that span scientific, political and soci-cultural disciplines. 

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Brian Erickson

M.S., Marine Resource Management

With support from Eric and Wendy Schmidt, MSI continues to pursue research, education, and outreach activities on “Ocean Acidification (OA): Advancing Understanding, Education and Communication of a Transdisciplinary Ocean Challenge.” Graduate student Brian Erickson successfully defended his Marine and Resource Management Masters degree focused on teaching about OA in K-12 schools.

Brian Erickson joined OSU-CEOAS in September 2016. His work focused on outreach and engagement. In addition to excelling in the classroom, Brian did extensive outreach to public learners about ocean acidification and their knowledge of the issue. He is keen to understand if their behavior changes once they become aware of this challenge to our ocean systems. Brian also worked with teacher focus groups to improve the curriculum he designed and presented in Fall 2017 to approximately ten classrooms in coastal Lincoln County, Oregon, high schools, totalling more than 340 students.

Brian plans to continue on at OSU in a Fisheries and Wildlife Ph.D. program that encompasses his interest in marine education and policy.