A vision for a path forward 

Oregon State University is leading a new, innovative approach to marine research and education through the Marine Studies Initiative, an ambitious university-wide commitment that will fundamentally change how we study the ocean and its wide-reaching impacts.
Marine Studies is about opportunities for the ocean and our world.
  • With a comprehensive plan that expands university facilities, partners with coastal communities, and involves all 13 of Oregon State’s colleges, OSU has launched a program unlike any other in the country—a multidisciplinary approach with the potential to benefit both the environment and the economy, in Oregon and around the world.
  • A $20 million grant from an anonymous donor has given OSU a tremendous opportunity to build a world-class program in marine studies. This grant supporting the new Hatfield Marine Science Center facility was strictly contingent on OSU raising an additional $20 million from philanthropic sources by June 30, 2017. Of this amount, $5 million is needed for the new facility, to be combined with $24.8 million in state bonds, plus $15 million for related programs and research.
  • Donors giving $25,000 or more to the initiative will be recognized inside the building with a room or other architectural space named in their honor, in accordance with university naming policies. Oregon State officials started construction on the building in 2016-17 and open as early as Winter 2020.
Become a partner in this exciting and groundbreaking initiative by making a gift today that will have a profound impact for Oregon State and the future of the earth’s coasts and ocean. 


Make a gift today to support MSI 

Marine Studies Building Fund, newport Oregon 

At the center of this development is the construction of a state-of-the-art, $50 million facility in Newport. Adjacent to the internationally respected Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Yaquina Bay, the facility will connect Oregon State students to world-class research facilities just steps from the Pacific Ocean.

This new facility will enable OSU to increase its teaching and research capacity by 20-25 faculty members. Together, these faculty and researchers will prepare the next generation of leaders in marine studies, with 500 students-in-residence across multiple disciplines studying throughout the year in Newport.

Make a Gift-Marine Studies Building Fund



Marine Studies Innovation Fund (Unrestricted)

The Fund for Innovation provides much-needed unrestricted support for the Marine Studies Initiative. Unrestricted funds are critically important for the growth and development of this new initiative. They allow for important strategic planning opportunities, provide faculty and undergraduate research opportunities, and provide flexibility for MSI to take advantage of emerging opportunities.

Make a Gift-Marine Studies Innovation Fund 



Wendy and eric Schmidt Marine Studies Fund 

The Earth's ocean absorbs about a quarter of the carbon dioxide we release into the atmosphere every year, so as atmospheric CO2 levels increase, so do the levels in the ocean. Initially, many scientists focused on the benefits of the ocean removing this greenhouse gas from the atmosphere.  However, decades of ocean observations worldwide now show that there is also a downside — the CO2 absorbed by the ocean is changing the chemistry of the seawater, a process called ocean acidification. 

The Wendy and Eric Schmidt Marine Studies Fund supports research, education, and communication of ocean acidification and its effects.  

Make a Gift -Wendy and Eric Schmidt MSI Fund 



EDer Family Fund for dungeness crab research 

Dungeness crab is an important part of the Northwest’s seafood heritage, and has been commercially harvested since the 1800’s. The Dungeness crab fishery is Oregon’s most valuable ‘single species’ fishery. Eder Family Fund for Dungeness Crab Research supports research related to Dungeness crab and/or its fishery.                                 

Make a Gift - Eder Family Fund for Dungeness Crab Research



OSU Port Orford Science & Education Support Fund 

The station supports access to this unique marine and terrestrial ecosystem for transdisciplinary research and education, community priorities, and economic opportunities.  The field station has lab and classroom space, along with lodging for visiting scientists and students, and an air fill station for scientific and recreational divers.

 Your donation will enhance our ability to continue to provide this vital support to students and researchers, and to expand our work in this hard-working rural community, as its residents embrace the new blue economy.                               

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Make a Difference

In addition to gifts of cash, donors can design a personal giving plan that combines the right asset with the right gift vehicle to meet their giving needs. Planned gifts include bequests, trusts, gift annuities, and other gift vehicles and can be funded with many different types of assets, including securities, real estate, CDs, and retirement assets. Contact our Gift Planning Office to learn more.

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Doug Brusa, Director of Development, Marine Studies 

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences 

850 SW 35th St. Corvallis, OR 97333