Addressing major marine issues facing Oregon and the world

Oregon State researchers work around the globe, using lessons learned here and abroad to both strengthen the university and to extend its global impact.

By building on our world-class programs and forming networks of expertise that span scientific, political, and socio-cultural disciplines, the Marine Studies Initiative is further advancing university leadership in marine research and scholarship to help sustain healthy oceans and all who depend on them.

Oregon offers an unparalleled living-learning laboratory with diverse ecosystems, including a 300-mile coastline.

The Marine Studies Initiative is working to weave together the natural and social sciences and arts and humanities in an exceptional education, research, and outreach program to explore all facets of the marine environment and its dynamic connections to terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere, while positively impacting economic and social progress.

Our centers of research on the Oregon Coast include: 

We are expanding and enhancing facilities to provide environments that encourage creative collaborations, leverage the university's strengths, and have meaningful impacts. This includes the construction of a new Marine Studies Initiative building at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Many programs strengthen the Marine Studies Initiative.

Oregon State's research centers, institutes, and other interdisciplinary groups bring together scientists from multiple fields of study for joint research projects clustered around the university's three priority areas:

  • Advancing the science of earth ecosystems
  • Improving human health and wellness
  • Promoting innovation and economic prosperity

To learn more:

OSU research centers and institutes

Highlighted Research stories

Coming soon: more about OSU research on specific topics such as fisheries, ocean acidification, wave energy, and more