OSU Hatfield to host Marine Science Day on April 13


Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will hold its annual Marine Science Day on Saturday, April 13, giving visitors an opportunity to see laboratories behind the scenes, interact with student scientists and learn more about current marine research.

The once-a-year open house event is free and open to the public. Marine Science Day runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the center, located at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive in South Beach. It will feature interactive, hands-on exhibits and opportunities to talk to researchers from OSU and other federal and state agencies.

This year’s theme is “Marine Science Tools and Tech.” Researchers will showcase their work on marine birds and mammals, oyster aquaculture, ocean acidification, ocean noise and fisheries. Visitors can learn about the engineering of the new building, touch crabs and sea stars, tour a genetics lab, explore the visitor center and find out more about what they can do to help in marine research efforts.

Special activities for children will be offered by Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The Oregon Coast STEM Hub will also be available to engage K-12 students interested in pursuing marine studies.

Special events include:

  • Tours of seawater system, the new Marine Studies Building construction site, and a walking tour of the estuary.
  • A keynote speaker at 1 p.m.: “Grey and blue, old and new: Using multiple tools to understand the lives and health of whales and marine birds,” by Leigh Torres from the Geosptial Ecology of Marine Megafuna Lab, Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon State University.

An opportunity to meet M. L. Herring, the author of “Ellie’s Strand: Exploring the Edge of the Pacific” at 2:30 p.m.

More information on the event is available online at hmsc.oregonstate.edu/marinescienceday.


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