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. The world is increasingly looking toward the ocean to provide food, renewable energy, climate impact mitigation, safe shipping and commerce, as well as for recreation and spiritual renewal. However, marine habitats are facing new and daunting pressures that threaten their sustainability — from climate change to pollution to dwindling fish stocks.

Building on a deep history of nationally ranked programs, world-leading research, and premier facilities, the Marine Studies Initiative is pioneering new research and teaching models to help sustain healthy ocean and coasts to 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 new Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. 

Welcome to the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building

Welcome to the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building

The Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport officially opened in fall of 2021 and is already creating exciting opportunities for Oregon State University faculty and students, thanks to OSU's generous donor community. Designed to be a central hub, the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building is a vibrant learning community where students, faculty and partners convene on ocean issues.

Vision

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—April 27, 2022


Global challenges need global champions and the Marine Studies Initiative accomplishes this by providing students with access to the sea, the unparalleled living- learning laboratory, and Oregon’s 350-mile coastline. Along Oregon’s coastline, students have access to the university's facilities such as the Hatfield Marine Science Center campus, and the Port Orford Field Station. These coastal facilities provide students with environments that encourage creative collaboration that have lifelong meaningful impacts. Become a partner in this exciting initiative by making a gift today that will have a profound impact for the students of Oregon State University and the future of the Earth’s ocean and coasts.

Marine Studies Innovation Fund

Port Orford Field Station Research and Education Fund

Marine Studies Announcements, Events, and News

   Two updated internship deadlines!

  Spend Summer 2022 learning at the Oregon Coast!