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.


A new model to address emerging issues and challenges facing oregon and the globe.

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 a 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 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. 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.


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.


The Marine Studies Initiative has partnered with Fishpeople to provide a one-of-a-kind internship in Digital & Grassroots Marketing. Tucker Cochenour will be the 2019 FINtern, and explains that:

"the position as a whole really has three prongs to it. First, I’m going to be doing quite a bit of community management through the brand’s social media accounts, working to spread the brand’s message around sustainable seafood.

Second, I’ll be working at a more grassroots level to organize interest in sustainability with fans of the brand across the nation.

Third, I’m going to help Fishpeople become more involved with companies with similar motivations, allowing for greater collaboration between environmentally-focused companies."

Marine Studies Announcements, Events, and News

   Starting in October, join us in touring coastal locations and exploring experiential learning opportunities for your students!

  Check out the recipients of the 2019 MSI Student Awards!

   Spring/Summer 2019