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 Resource Management master's degree focused on OA education in high school settings. Brian joined OSU-CEOAS in September 2016, and his work included developing a new OA curriculum and testing whether student attitudes changed after learning about ways to address this challenge to our ocean systems. Brian also worked with teacher focus groups to improve the curriculum he designed, and in Fall 2017, taught this week-long curriculum to ten high school classrooms in coastal Lincoln County, Oregon. At present, more than 340 students have participated in this project. His “Changing Ocean Chemistry” curriculum is currently being published with the help of Oregon Sea Grant and the current draft is freely available online.
Brian remains at OSU in the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Kelly Biedenweg’s human dimensions lab and looks forward to combining his interests in marine education and conservation decision making.