Our Mission

Create a healthy future for our ocean and the planet through transdisciplinary research and teaching that emphasizes  collaboration, experiential learning, engagement with society and problem solving.

Advancing excellence in marine-related education, research, and outreach and engagement.

The world's ocean belongs to everyone and its health is critical to our future. Marine habitats are facing new and daunting pressures that threaten their sustainability — from climate change to pollution to dwindling fish stocks.

Global challenges need global champions, and Oregon State University is responding to the challenge with our Marine Studies Initiative. Building on a deep history of nationally ranked programs, world-leading research, and premier facilities, we are pioneering new research and teaching model to help sustain healthy oceans and ensure wellness, environmental health, and economic prosperity for future generations. The Marine Studies Initiative is a university-wide commitment that will have local to global impacts on the economy and environment.

This 10-year initiative builds on Oregon State's leadership and nationally ranked programs.

Harnessing the collective expertise of faculty and staff from across campus, we are advancing practices and innovations that promote positive change for the university and the community it serves. We are weaving together the natural and social sciences with 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. Learn more from our Strategic Plan.

OSU at the Oregon coast

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

Marine Studies for Public Art

Marine Studies for Public Art

The new Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building features the artwork of Oregon artists who celebrate the marine environment in their own way. Artist Michael Boonstra uses material collected from nature and a unique evaporative technique to complete large panels that encompass the land-sea connection. Site-specific artists Joe Thurston and his studio manager, Jess Nickel, created complex vitrines – glass display windows -- that combine layered images and sounds of the ocean and the coastal community who live, work and play on the ocean.


Through its Marine Studies Initiative, Oregon State will be recognized as a global leader in 21st-century transdisciplinary education and research and lead the development of inclusive strategies for successful stewardship of our ocean and planet for today and tomorrow.

Dam Proud Day

Thank you to everyone who participated in Dam Proud Day 2021! When Beavers work together, we have limitless potential. So let’s continue to show everyone that we’re dam proud. #DamProudDay

Donate to the Marine Studies Innovation Fund HERE

Donate to the Eder Family Fund for Dungeness Crab Research HERE

Donate to the Port Orford Field Station Science and Education Fund HERE



Marine Studies Announcements, Events, and News

  NEW marine-related job opportunities!

  NEW Marine Studies Undergraduate Degree!

    NEW Port Orford Field Station 2021 grant opportunities open now!