Newsletter of the Hatfield Marine Science Center Community - Newport OR
Summer comes alive Summer Interns
with interns at HMSC 2009
More reliable than the weather, the influx Alexis Hoffman
Oregon State Univ.
of interns at HMSC is a sure sign that summer
Amanda Stewart Ashley Van Brink Camilo Vanegas Emily Whitney
has arrived in Newport. There are at least 23 Univ. of Oregon Elmira College Univ. of Maryland Whitworth Univ.
undergraduate students with internships at
Hatfield this summer, including six OSU stu- Erica Pitcavage Hillary Browning Joni Lum
dents (three in the Visitor Center, two COSEE
Whitman College Eckerd College CUNY - Hunter College
Pacific Partnership interns, and one through the Jasmin Segura
Kendra Hoekzema Kevin Wakeman
Calvin College Humboldt State
PROMISE program), plus another 16 students
from all over the country who made their way
here to get some hands-on research experience.
Maryann Tekverk Natalie Ehrlich Patrick Donovan Sarah Dewey
Haverford College Portland C.C. Western Michigan U. Yale Univ.
This summer marks our sixth year of host- Robin Van Dyke Xeronimo
ing OSU’s Research Experience for Under- College of the
CSU Monterey Bay
graduates (REU) program focused on marine
science. Funded by the National Science Melissa Blamires Sea-oh McConville
Oregon State Univ. Alix Lee Jennifer Hoey Megan Sabal
Foundation, the joint program between HMSC Oregon State Univ. Oregon State Univ. Barry Univ. UC Berkeley Miami Univ. (OH)
and the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric
Sciences (COAS) pairs students with faculty Visiting Summer
mentors (half in Newport and the other half in Researchers
Corvallis) to work on research projects over a Erin Cathcart
Oregon State Univ.
Oregon State Univ.
Oregon State Univ. Cody Doolan Shannon Hankin Matthew McCary,
Dartmouth College North Central College North Central College
(Reimers Lab) (in EPA lab) (in EPA lab)
“We had an overwhelming number of
applicants for this year’s REU program -- over
225 applications,” saiad HMSC’s Academic
In addition to the REU interns, there are
three students working for NOAA through the Newport selected for
Program Coordinator Itchung Cheung, noting Ernest Hollings Scholarship program, and at
least three others who arranged independent
NOAA’s Pacific fleet
that represented an increase of 35% over 2008.
continued on pg. 2 operations center
News of NOAA’s decision to move
Hatfield team participates Fundraising (and fun-raising) started its Marine Operations Center - Pacific to
Newport spread quickly after the agency’s
in July, with a weekly soup kitchen netting
in American Cancer $470 from the sale of home-made soups announcement was released on August 4th,
generating a wave of excitement throughout
Society fundraiser and baked goods brought in by volunteer
chefs at HMSC. Nikki also came up with the community.
This year’s Lincoln County Relay for Life a creative competition for collecting spare Worries that Washington state elected
event, held on July 31-August 1 at the Newport change in each building, raising another officials might be able to halt the move were
High School stadium, included a lively team $280 and earning the folks in the ODFW laid to rest within a week, once the lease was
from HMSC. Led once again by Nikki Atkins building some tasty cheesecake, pie, officially signed by Port of Newport and
of NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and cookies for contributing the largest NOAA officials. the lease is set to begin in
the HMSC team raised $1,436 in the fight amount. July 2011.
against cancer. Other team members sharing Congratulations to top team fund- The move is expected bring to Newport
the responsibility of raising money and keeping raiser Leah Feinberg,who raised $400 in approximately 175 NOAA employees, in-
a body walking or running continued on pg. 10
individual donations, with
the track for the entire Jay Peterson bringing in
18-hour event were: another $150. All of the
Community forums on
Andrew Claxton, Amanda money generated by the wave energy Aug. 24, 25, 26
Claxton, Leah Feinberg, HMSC team went towards
Jay Peterson, MaryBeth The HMSC will host a public forum on
the grand total of $89,800
Rew, Rebecca Baldwin, wave energy on Aug. 26, starting at 6 p.m.
(as of this writing) raised in the Hennings Auditorium of the Visitor
Alana Alexander, Lynn by the Newport Relay for
Mattes, and Justin Atkins. Center. Sponsored by the Lincoln County
Life event. Thank you to Board of Commissioners, in conjunction with
Nikki walked 5 hours and all who participated and OSU Extension Sea Grant and the Northwest
estimates that she covered Nikki Atkins and MaryBeth Rew help contributed to this worthy
keep the Newport High School track warm
National Marine Renewable Energy Center,
12.25 miles. event.
during the 2009 Relay for Life continued on pg. 2
Interns continued from pg. 1
2009 HMSC REU Summer Intern Marine Research Symposium
internships with individual researchers.
Since their arrival in June, the student in- Thursday, August 20th 9:00am – 12:30 pm
terns have been made a part of the research and Hennings Auditorium in the HMSC Visitor Center
education community at HMSC, attending the
Markham Marine Science Research Symposium 9:00 a.m. Welcome
and weekly seminars, participating in SeaFest,
9:15 Kate Lavelle, SUNY Stony Brook (Mentor: Tom Hurst)
and taking part in other activities through- Title: Thermal Tolerance and the Effect of Temperature on Morphological Plasticity of Pacific Cod
out their 10-week stay. They also attened Da
Vinci Days and toured the H.S. Hinsdale Wave 9:30 Camilo Vanegas, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (Mentors: Michael Banks & Ric Brodeur)
Research Lab in Corvallis, and have taken over- Title: Genetic Identification of Larval/Juvenile Sebastes Samples for Stock Assessment
night camping field trips to Crater Lake, Bend, 9:45 Amanda Stewart, University of Oregon (Mentor: Rob Suryan)
and the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Title: Factors Affecting Intra-Colony Variation in Reproduction of Common Murres, Uria aalge
The REU interns will present the results of
their summer research projects at a symposium 10:00 Kevin Wakeman, Humboldt State University (Mentors: Ted DeWitt & Dave Young)
on August 20th, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The Title: Upper Intertidal Habitat Use by Juvenile Dungeness Crabs (Cancer magister) in Yaquina Estuary
symposium will take place in the Hennings 10:15 Roin Van Dyke, College of the Atlantic (Mentor: Kym Jacobson)
Auditorium of the HMSC Visitor Center. Title: Parasites of Introduced Eastern Banded Killifish, Fundulus diaphanus diaphanus, and Native
Threespine Stickleback, Gasterosteus Aculeatus, in the Columbia River
10:30 Break in Staff Lounge
11:00 Jasmin Segura, Humboldt State University (Mentors: Linda O’Higgins and Bill Peterson)
Title: Temporal and Spatial Variations in Species Composition and Toxicity of Pseudo-nitzschia
Blooms off the Central Oregon Coast
11:15 Ashley Van Brink, Elmira College (Mentors: Mary Arkoosh and Deborah Boylen)
Title: Determining Phagocytic Activity in Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): Effects of
the Persistent Organic Pollutant Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) on Phagocytic Function
11:30 Xerónimo Castañeda, CSU Monterey Bay (Mentors: Brett Dumbauld & John Chapman)
Title: Use of Lipofuscin to Determine Age Structure of Threatened Mud Shrimp, Upogebia
pugettensis, in Yaquina Bay, Oregon
11:45 Emily Whitney, Whitworth University (Mentor: Bryan Black)
Title: Sea Surface Temperature Variability in the Northeast Pacific
12:00 pm Kendra Hoekzema, Calvin College (Mentor: Scott Baker)
REU intern Kate Lavelle shows fellow interns how fish Title: Mitochondrial DNA Identity of Stranded New Zealand Sperm Whales in Relationship to Global
behavior experiments are set up in the NOAA Alaska Diversity
Fisheries Science Center lab where she is working under the
guidance of faculty mentor Tom Hurst. 12:15 Closing Remarks
Wave energy forums Workshops offered on topic
continued from pg. 1 of Marine Protected Areas
the forum is one of three being held around
the County at the end of August for the pur- Student examining public understanding
poses of informing, listening to and engaging of marine resource management issues
citizens in the planning and development of On July 29th Oregon Sea Grant and
wave energy generation. Oregon State University hosted a workshop
The format will include brief presentations about Oregon’s marine protected areas and
followed by facilitated conversations and other marine reserves. Volunteers and educators
ways for people to provide input on: from Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon
OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Professor Selina Heppell
• Permitting activities in Lincoln County Coast Aquarium, the Depoe Bay Whale explains some of the scientific questions that re-
and proposed projects along the Oregon Center, Oregon Coast Community College, searchers are interested in studying as Oregon begins
Coast; • State and National activities Audubon Society, Our Ocean, and Lincoln to implement a limited system of marine reserves in
Soil and Water Conservation District attended nearshore waters.
relating to wave energy siting; • Northwest
the two-hour workshop led by Selina Heppell, The workshop was designed and de-
National Marine Renewable Energy Center
associate professor in Fisheries and Wildlife livered as part of a Master’s project of OSU
Environmental Studies; • Future steps and student Michelle Mileham. Michelle plans
communication in regards to this topic at OSU.
Topics covered included major goals for on offering one or two more workshops
The other community forums will be held in focusing on Oregon’s MPAs and MRs in
Yachats on Aug. 24 and in Lincoln City on marine reserves (MR) and marine protected
areas (MPA), general issues of MPAs and upcoming months. For more informa-
Aug. 25. All forums begin at 6 p.m.
MRs, the role of science in MPAs and MRs, tion and to reserve a spot, please contact
For more information, please contact
Kaety Hildenbrand at the MPA and MR process in Oregon, and the Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page 2 541-574-6537 ext. 27 OPAC process. HM SC Cur r e n t s
Academic Programs News
CERM course welcomes work consists of groups of students work-
social behavior of rockfish, evaluation
of location detectors for fish, economic
project ideas and advisors ing on projects with advisors. Ideally,
projects are short and concise so that stu-
analysis of development on Newport’s
bayfront, distribution of freshwater mus-
to work with students dents can complete data collection in 4 to
6 weeks, working about 6 hours per week.
sels, and effects of light on crab behavior.
Posters presented at the end of term were
OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Professor The CERM TA and Instructor assist the well received by all.
Chris Langdon is coordinating the fall term advisor and help students in data analyses Please contact Chris if you have a
course on Coastal Ecology and Resource and preparation of end-of-term posters. possible project for CERM students this
Management (CERM) that runs from Sept 28 Last year, six groups of students fall and/or if you would be willing to act
to Dec 9 at the HMSC. Part of CERM’s course worked on a range of topics including as an advisor.
Research News toxin levels can increase dramatically.
Fortunately DLWID’s CyanoWatch pro-
gram carefully monitors the cyanobacte-
Cyanobacterial Blooms rial blooms and microcystin toxins in the
in Devils Lake, Oregon
lake. The microcystin levels for health
advisories are set by Oregon DHS and
By Gayle I. Hansen, Newport -- July 31, 2009 are statewide. When the toxin reaches 8
ppb or greater, a RED or high-risk health
This summer, the cyanobacterial blooms alert is posted warning people not to
in Devils Lake have been unusually intense have contact with the water. Red adviso-
causing the Devils Lake Water Improvement ries were in effect for 3 months last year
District (DLWID) to post a YELLOW or in Devils Lake, and it is likely that they
cautionary health advisory for several sites will occur again this year. Please check
around the lake – and with good reason! In out the DLWID website (http://www.
high numbers, some species of cyanobacte- dlwid.org) where up-to-date health advi-
ria can produce liver and nerve toxins that sories are posted along with the current
are deadly when ingested. Fortunately, the results of their monitoring programs.
species currently blooming in the lake is UPDATE: On August 5, 2009,
only mildly toxigenic, and the major con- the DLWID posted a RED or high-risk
cern is that it can cause skin irritations and health advisory for 4 sites in Devils
gastroenteritis in swimmers. However, the Lake. Of the 12 sites tested, 4 contained
yellow advisory still recommends that chil- >8 ppb microcystin, the recreational
dren and pets stay away from the scummy and akinetes (ak) or thick-walled resting limit for this toxin set by the State of
water and that it is not used for drinking or spores develop (figs f & g). Forming just Oregon. One mid-lake site measured
cooking. above the heterocysts, up to 500 akinetes >50 ppb. The warm temperatures at
The current (July) Devils Lake bloom can be produced and released into the the beginning of August appear to have
consists almost entirely of Gloeotrichia water column from a single colony. These caused a shift in the dominant blooming
echinulata, a planktonic colonial cyanobac- negatively buoyant structures settle on the cyanobacterium from Gloeotrichia to
terium that is deep olive to yellow-green bottom and overwinter, forming the seed Microcystis aeruginosa, the more deadly
in color, spherical in shape, and up to 2 bank from which new Gloeotrichia colonies species. An illustrated article on Micro-
mm in diameter (figs. a-b). To the naked germinate the following spring -- or even cystis is planned for the upcoming issue
eye, heavy blooms of the species look a years later. of Upwelling.
bit like tapioca pudding. Microscopically, Recent studies of akinetes in sediment
each colony consists of radially-arranged cores of Devils Lake have shown that
unbranched filaments (8-10 µm in diameter)
Gloeotrichia has been present in the lake for
that attach centrally via a nitrogen-fixing
more than 50 years. The species became
heterocyst (het) and terminate peripherally more abundant in 1995 after introduced
in long hairs (figs. c & e) Each filament grass carp eliminated the aquatic macro-
is tapered and encased basally in a gelati- phytes causing an increase in available
nous sheath from which the colorless hairs light and nutrients for the phytoplankton.
extend, giving the colonies a fuzzy appear- The most recent population explosions are
ance. As in many cyanobacteria, the veg- thought to be due to increased phosphates
etative cells are filled with gas vacuoles or
in the lake, and the costs and benefits of
aerotopes which darken the cells and cause
different methods to control the blooms are
the colonies to float and form scums in quiet
water. Vegetative propagation by fragmen-
Although Gloeotrichia echinulata is
tation is common. only weakly toxigenic, it typically occurs in
When the colonies mature and begin to
lakes that also support more deadly species
senesce, another process occurs. The center
like Microcystis aeruginosa and Anabaena
of the colony turns lighter in color (fig. d)
circinalis. When these species bloom, the
Guin Library News
EndNote workshop offered on Aug. 18
Uta Hussong from the Valley Library The workshop takes place in the Guin on their own laptop. If you are a student,
will be at HMSC on August 18th to give Library seminar room, with the basics staff or faculty, you can purchase EndNote
an EndNote Basics workshop, offering covered from 9-11 a.m, followed by an op- through OSU at:
instruction on the popular software that portunity for advanced consultation from http://tss.oregonstate.edu/softdist/
allows researchers to search online biblio- 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
graphic databases, organize their referenc-
es, images and PDFs in any language, and The library will provide laptops there for
create bibliographies and figure lists. those who do not have EndNote loaded
Recent HMSC articles Helium isotopes: From mantle degassing to
January 2006 seafloor-spreading event at 9
degrees 50 ‘ N, East Pacific Rise: Ridge dike
in Web of Science Lupton, John E.
intrusion and transform fault interactions from
Muscle Senescence in Short-Lived Wild Mam-
mals, the Soricine Shrews Blarina brevicauda GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA Dziak, Robert P.; Bohnenstiehl, Delwayne R.;
and Sorex palustris 73 (13): A803-A803 Suppl. S JUN 2009 Matsumoto, Haruyoshi; Fowler,
================================ Matthew J.; Haxel, Joseph H.; Tolstoy, Maya;
Hindle, Allyson G.; Lawler, John M.; Campbell, Waldhauser, Felix
Kevin L.; Horning, Markus Multi-proxy reconstructions of northeastern
Pacific sea surface temperature data from trees GEOCHEMISTRY GEOPHYSICS GEOSYS-
JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL ZOOLOGY and Pacific geoduck TEMS 10: Art. No. Q06T06 JUN 18 2009
PART A-ECOLOGICAL GENETICS AND
PHYSIOLOGY Black, Bryan A.; Copenheaver, Carolyn A.; ================================
311A (5): 358-367 JUN 1 2009 Frank, David C.; Stuckey, Matthew J.; Recolonization of intertidal Zostera marina L.
================================ Kormanyos, Rose E. (eelgrass) following
experimental shoot removal
Hydrothermal systems of intraoceanic arcs PALAEOGEOGRAPHY PALAEOCLIMATOL-
OGY PALAEOECOLOGY 278 (1-4): 40-47 Boese, Bruce L.; Kaldy, James E.; Clinton,
de Ronde, C.; Baker, E.; Embley, R.; Lupton, JUL 15 2009 Patrick J.; Eldridge, Peter M.;
J.; Butterfield, D.; Faure, K.; Leybourne, M.; ================================ Folger, Christina L.
Chadwick, W.; Ishibashi, J.; Resing, J.; Walker,
S.; Merle, S.; Greene, R. Our changing oceans: conclusions of the first In- JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL MARINE
ternational Symposium on the Effects of climate BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY 374 (1): 69-77
GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA change on the world’s oceans JUN 15
73 (13): A282-A282 Suppl. S JUN 2009 2009
================================ Valdes, Luis; Peterson, William; Church, John;
Brander, Keith; Marcos, Marta ================================
Volatiles in the Loki’s Castle and Jan Mayen
vent fields of the ultra-slow spreading Knipov- ICES JOURNAL OF MARINE SCIENCE 66 Physical model of the development of external
ich and Mohns Ridges (7): 1435-1438 AUG 2009 signs of barotrauma in Pacific
Lilley, M. D.; Pedersen, R. B.; Thorseth, I. H.;
Lupton, J. E.; Olson, E. J.; Frueh-Green, G. L.; Hypoxia-induced growth limitation of juvenile Hannah, Robert W.; Rankin, Polly S.; Penny,
Baumberger, T. fishes in an estuarine nursery: assessment of Alexandra N.; Parker, Steven J.
small-scale temporal dynamics using RNA:DNA
GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA AQUATIC BIOLOGY 3 (3): 291-296 2008
73 (13): A763-A763 Suppl. S JUN 2009 Stierhoff, Kevin L.; Targett, Timothy E.; Power,
================================ James H. Survival of mussels in extremely acidic waters
on a submarine volcano
Hydrothermal systems and recent eruptive CANADIAN JOURNAL OF FISHERIES AND
activity in the northern Lau Basin, South Pacific AQUATIC SCIENCES 66 (7): 1033-1047 JUL Tunnicliffe, Verena; Davies, Kimberley T.
Ocean 2009 A.; Butterfield, David A.; Embley, Robert W.;
================================ Rose, Jonathan M.; Chadwick, William W., Jr.
Lupton, J.; Resing, J.; Arculus, R.; Lilley, M.;
Embley, R.; Baker, E.; Butterfield, D.; Naka- A Haptic Soundscape Map of the University of NATURE GEOSCIENCE 2 (5): 344-348 MAY
mura, K.; Crowhurst, P.; Greene, R. Oregon 2009
GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA Lawrence, Megan M.; Martinelli, Nicholas;
73 (13): A804-A804 Suppl. S JUN 2009 Nehmer, Rachel
Page 4 JOURNAL OF MAPS : 19-29 2009
HM SC Cur r e n t s
Berkeley, Steve; Bohnsack, Jim; Boulon, Rafe; Identifying dendroecological growth releases
Brodeur, Richard; Brodziak, John; Crowder, in American beech, jack pine, and white oak:
Larry; Gleason, Danny; Hixon, Mark; Kauf- Within-tree sampling strategy
man, Les; Lindberg, Bill; Miller, Marc; Mor-
gan, Lance; Wahle, Charles Copenheaver, Carolyn A.; Black, Bryan A.;
Stine, Melanie B.; McManamay, Rachel H.;
FISHERIES 33 (12): 598-610 DEC 2008 Bartens, Julia
Quantitative population dynamics of microbial ==================================
communities in plankton-fed microbial fuel cells FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
The ecological role of bivalve shellfish aqua- 257 (11): 2235-2240 MAY 10 2009
White, Helen K.; Reimers, Clare E.; Cordes, culture in the estuarine environment: A review =================================
Erik E.; Dilly, Geoffrey F.; Girguis, Peter R. with application to oyster and clam culture in
West Coast (USA) estuaries Confirmation of the presence and use of sandy
ISME JOURNAL 3 (6): 635-646 JUN 2009 beach surf-zones by juvenile Chinook salmon
================================== Dumbauld, Brett R.; Ruesink, Jennifer L.;
Rumrill, Steven S. Jarrin, Jose R. Marin; Shanks, Alan L.; Banks,
Vertical Zoning in Marine Protected Areas: Michael A.
Ecological Considerations for Balancing AQUACULTURE 290 (3-4): 196-223 MAY 19
Pelagic Fishing with Conservation of Benthic 2009 Source:
Communities ================================= ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OF FISHES
85 (2): 119-125 JUN 2009
Grober-Dunsmore, Rikki; Wooninck, Lisa;
Field, John; Ainsworth, Cameron; Beets, Jim;
New Books at Guin Library
The latest (July 27) list of new books at the Guin / HMSC Library has been posted to the Guin Library website at:
http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/guin/new-books and is available for you to browse. If you click on the call numbers, you can move
into the library catalog and put holds on any desired material. When the books come off of the New Books Shelf in approximately
three weeks, any requested items will be sent to you.
TITLE Ocean yearbook. TITLE Annual report - Western Society of TITLE Aquaculture development, 3. Ge-
AUTHOR Borgese, Elisabeth Mann and Malacologists. netic resource management.
Ginsburg, Norton Sydney. AUTHOR Western Society of Malacolo- AUTHOR Food and Agriculture Organiza-
CALL # GC1 .O26 v.23 gists. tion of the United Nations.
CALL # QL401 .W46 v.36/37 (2003-2004) CALL # SH328 .A693 2008
TITLE Oceanography and marine biology. & v.40 (2007)
AUTHOR Barnes, Harold, 1908- ed. TITLE A comparative assessment of
CALL # GC1 .O375 v.47 TITLE Monograph of Unionoida in Japan biodiversity, fisheries and aquaculture in 53
(Mollusca: Bivalvia). countries’ exclusive economic zones
TITLE Politics of sand [videorecording]. AUTHOR Kondo, Takaki.
AUTHOR Olsen, Tom and Straton, Kathryn CALL # QL430.7.U6 K66 2008 AUTHOR Alder, Jackie and Pauly, Daniel.
A. CALL # SH328 .F5741 v.16 no.7
CALL # KFO2851.8 .P66 2009 DVD TITLE Big fish.
AUTHOR Ellis, Richard. TITLE Monitoring MPAs in deep water off
TITLE Common ground. Part 3, Oregon’s CALL # QL620 .E45 2009 Central California : 2007 IMPACT submersible
network of marine reserves and marine pro- baseline survey
tected areas [videorecording]. TITLE The journal of cetacean research AUTHOR Starr, Richard M. and Yoklavich,
AUTHOR Green Fire Productions. and management. Mary.
CALL # QH91.75.U6 C66 2009 DVD AUTHOR International Whaling Commis- CALL # SH329.M35 M66 2008
TITLE Marine habitat mapping technology CALL # QL737.C4 J681 v.11 sup. TITLE Ecological effects of wave energy
for Alaska [electronic resource]. development in the Pacific Northwest : a scien-
AUTHOR Reynolds, Jennifer R. and TITLE Fresh fish sales as a function of tific workshop, October 11-12, 2007.
Greene, H. G. promotion in a Portland, Oregon grocery chain. AUTHOR Boehlert, George W; McMurray,
CALL # QH91.8.B4 M37 2007 CD AUTHOR Batie, Sandra S. and Smith, Gregory R. and Tortorici, Cathryn E.
Frederick J. CALL # TK1423.7 .E26 2008
TITLE Centipedes : keys and notes for the CALL # S105 .E55 no.372
identification of the species.
AUTHOR Barber, A. D. TITLE Results of the echo integration-
CALL # QL255 .L51 n.s. no.58 trawl survey of walleye pollock (Theragra
chalcogramma) on the U.S. and Russian Bering
TITLE The invertebrate fauna of Plummers Sea shelf in June and July 2008.
Island, Maryland. AUTHOR Honkalehto, Taina.
AUTHOR Brown, John W. CALL # SH11 .A541431 no.194
CALL # QL365.4.U6 I58 2008
Personnel News and Notes lerton. She then moved to UC Santa Barbara where she obtained
New and familiar faces around HMSC her Ph.D. through the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in
Marine Science studying the effects of abiotic stressors on na-
tive and invasive seaweed species. After finishing at UCSB and
Dan Erickson became the ODFW-Groundfish Management
before coming to HMSC, Sarah worked as a Sea Grant Fellow
Team representative (commercial groundfish) during March
at the California Ocean Science Trust. There she engaged in
2009. In this position, Dan helps with analysis and develop-
communicating science to state agencies and decision-makers
ment of commercial fisheries
as well as participated in the Marine Protected Area siting and
management regulations at both
monitoring processes, all of which will serve her well in activi-
the Federal and State levels.
ties through NNMREC.
Dan arrived at ODFW with a
Sarah and her husband, Wil, live in Toledo where they can
strong research background in
get a few extra hours of sunshine each day. There she is enjoy-
ing gardening and going to Olalla Lake and the Siletz River,
life history of marine fishes,
although she misses being able to ride her bike to work as she
and behavior and movements
did in California. Sarah loves cooking and entertaining and,
of sturgeons. He has conducted
when time allows, prefers to go on camping and mountain bik-
large-scale research projects in
the Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska,
Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the
Caspian Sea, Tokyo Bay, and
Arriving in Newport this July, Yanming Gong was born
rivers in Oregon, New York,
and raised in Yining City,
Georgia, Kazkhstan, and Russia.
Xinjiang Province, China.
He was employed by Oregon
He earned his undergraduate
State University, University of
degree in Chemical Engi-
Washington, Wildlife Conservation Society, and University of
neering at Wuhan Institute
Miami. Dan conducted bycatch research for both trawl and
of Technology, China, in
longline fisheries (estimation of bycatch levels and bycatch
1994. His PhD, in Energy
mortalty; develop measures to reduce bycatch mortality). His
& Mineral Engineering, was
sturgeon research included use of telemetry and satellite pop-up
conferred 2008 by Penn-
archival tagging to understand movements, habitat use, and
sylvania State University.
threats for four species of sturgeons on two continents.
Yanming joins HMSC as a
Dan received his bachelors degree at Oregon State University
post-doc in Clare Reimer’s
and Masters degree at the University of Georgia. He was raised
research group. Here he will help with the development and
in Oregon and wrestled for Oregon State University. He is a
optimization of bethic microbial fuel cells as power sources for
high school wrestling coach and was fortunate to be able coach
distributed sensor systems. Prior to leaving Penn State, Yan-
both of his sons (who are now in college). Dan and his wife
ming worked for a year as a postdoctoral researcher in the area
plan to spend most of their holidays during the next 4 years
of exploring new technology for clean energy production. His
watching their youngest son wrestle for Cal State Fullerton.
main duty was developing the advanced technique of hydrogen
When not coaching/watching wrestling or working, Dan enjoys
production from Cu-Cl themochemical cycles by employing
being on rivers in his drift boat, SCUBA (until his equipment
was stolen), and drinking wine and traveling the world with his
So far, Newport impresses him as being a beautiful, windy,
quiet, small city. Also making an impression this summer is the
cool weather and large number of tourists! Married to Fengling,
the couple has one son, Minghao. They like spending time to-
Sarah Henkel is the new benthic ecologist joining Hatfield
gether exploring what the area has to offer. Away from the job,
through the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy
Yanming enjoys crabbing, fishing, jogging, table tennis, bridge
Center. Sarah will be conducting research to investigate the
(the card game), and reading.
ecological effects of
wave energy develop-
ment off Oregon’s coast.
Romain Le Bor-
Originally from Vir-
gne is a student from
ginia, Sarah received her
France who is currently
B.S. from The College
at HMSC for a sum-
of William and Mary in
mer internship. Hav-
Biology. She moved to
ing just completed a
the west coast in 2000
Bachelor’s degree at the
to pursue her master’s
University of Poitiers in
degree at California
Biology and Computer
State University, Ful-
Science, Romain will
Page 6 enter a Master’s program
Personnel News and Notes - continued
specializing in Human Physiology and And from the “old news is students.
Computer Science in September. His goal still good news” vault... Vlada’s inter-
is to work in the fields of drug research est in science and
and clinical trials. Vladlena Gertseva education was
Romain was offered an internship by is the stock assessment “inherited.” She was
Chris Langdon in the Molluscan Brood- fishery biologist for the born and raised in
stock Program to work on two projects: Fishery Resource Analysis Russia to parents
improve and update the MBP website and Monitoring (FRAM) who were devoted
and to develop a program that efficiently Division at the Northwest scientists. Graduat-
counts and measures oyster larvae. There Fisheries Science Center. ing from Yaroslavl
was no hesitation in accepting the offer Vlada replaced Michael State University,
since he found the project very interest- Schirripa, who took a posi- Russia, with a joint
Aside from being outdoors, Vlada is an
ing and also wanted to see the U.S. and tion at the Southeast Fisher- eclectic lover of music and a fan of detective B.S. and M.S. de-
improve his English skills. ies Science Center earlier stories. gree in Biology and
Roman comes from a small town, Le this year. Science Education
Haut-Corlay, (population 730) in Brittany It was a really smooth transition for in 1997, she pursued her M.S. in Environ-
on the west coast of France. His parents Vlada who, as a former staff of the OSU/ mental Science and Policy two years later
own a farm and Roman likes helping them NOAA Cooperative Institute for Marine at Central European University in Buda-
with the work, playing football, going out Resource Studies (CIMRS), served a dual pest, Hungary. In 2000, she came to the
with friends, and spending time with his role--part-time stock assessor for FRAM States for her Ph.D. at Clemson Univer-
girlfriend, Karen. He has a dog named and assistant professor at Oregon State sity in Forest Resources with a focus on
Pepsi. University. As an assistant professor, modeling the dynamics of stream biota.
The MBP staff is very pleasant to work Vlada taught the courses “Fisheries Stock Vlada landed in Newport in 2003 to begin
with, says Roman. He thinks Newport’s Assessment” and “Population Dynamics,” her postdoc work on salmon ecology at
location, with beach and sea on one side which were offered on campus and online HMSC. Vlada’s husband, Sean Matson,
and the forest and mountains on the other, by OSU’s Fisheries and Wildlife Depart- also an HMSC scientist, is researching the
is very special. His only regrets are that ment. Having taught the online course genetics and breeding of oysters for his
the sea is not warm enought to swim in since 2006, Vlada has come to firmly Ph.D. in Animal Sciences.
and he misses his grandmother’s cooking believe that online learning is key to ex-
(especially her crepes)! panding opportunities for non-traditional
Lean and Green
Sustainability group invites
D r ive Me
new members, ideas
The HMSC sustainability committee pro- !
~ 49 MPG
motes awareness and action at various levels
(from the institutions down to the individual)
to reduce waste and increase efficiency in the
use of resources. We look at energy, water,
waste strreams, and our “carbon footprint”.
Among the initiatives currently being
Did you know that HMSC has a Prius available
considered are the installation of solar panels for authorized drivers on state / OSU business?
on some of HMSC’s south-facing roofs, a Help reduce our carbon footprint by using this vehicle when possible.
cooperative venture with the Oregon Coast See Candace in the Director’s Office for instructions on reserving and using vehicle.
Aquarium to operate a shared composting Questions? Call 541-867-0212 or email: email@example.com
machine (EarthTub), and a system for facili-
tating carpool and rideshare opportunities.
The committee welcomes new members
Home energy efficiency calling 1-866-368-7878 or go to www.
and ideas for projects or improvements that assistance available review.php
anyone would like to offer. We meet on a On Aug. 25, Tom Beverly with Energy
Information on reducing your residen-
monthly basis (usually the first Tuesday at Trust of Oregon will be at the Lincoln
tial energy use through conservation and
10:30 a.m. in the Guin Library) and also City Community Center from 6-8pm to
heating system improvements is available
sponsors occasional brown bag lunch speak- provide nformation and answer quesitons
from many sources, including Central Lin-
ers on relevant topics. For more information, about Home Energy Solutions, incentives,
coln PUD. If you are a Northwest Natural
contact HMSC Program Manager Ken Hall tax credits, solar energy, and some low/
Gas or Pacific Power customer, you can
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org no-cost tips for energy savings.
sign up for a free home energy review by
Once again, SeaFest draws
a record crowd
SeaFest 2009 took place on Saturday, June
27th and was a great success. Based on vehicle
counts and tallies at various spots around the
HMSC, attendance was estimated at 5,000 visi-
tors, topping previous years’ records and solidi-
fying the event’s reputation as a family favorite
event and a draw for visitors to Newport.
A big thank you goes out to all who partici-
pated and supported this year’s event, including
our major community sponsors, the Confeder-
ated Tribes of Siletz Indians, City of Newport,
Georgia-Pacific of Toledo, and Landwaves, Inc.
Thanks also go to the planning committee, led
by event coordinator Jeff Lichtman (serving
through the AmeriCorps LINKS program), to the
scientists who put together exhibits and activi-
ties and engaged the public in learning about our
research, to Ship Ops staff for their support of
activities at the dock, to HMSC facilities crew
and other helping hands who set up tents, tables,
electricity hook-ups, and other logistical support.
And of course the HMSC is grateful to all
those who contributed their time and talents as
volunteers, including the Oregon Coast Aquari-
um, HMSC Visitor Center volunteers, Newport
Police Volunteers, RSVP of Lincoln County, and
the many individual citizens who provided key
logistical support and helped visitors make the
most of their experience at SeaFest.
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News from Oregon Sea Grant New Oregon Coast
Ebbesmeyer discusses fascination with Quests book released
“Flotsametrics” at book signing on Aug. 22 For several years now, HMSC Youth
and Family Marine Educator Cait Goodwin
Curtis Ebbesmeyer was once the of flotsam that rides ocean currents all has been introducing people to “Quests”, a
chief oceanographer for Mobil / Stan- over the world. series of customized learning activities de-
dard Oil, studying ocean currents and the Ebbesmeyer presented a lecture at signed to showcase what’s uniquely special
impact of sea conditions on oil rigs. But HMSC several years ago and is back for about a particular place. Their popularity
ever since a 1990 storm in the Pacific a return visit on Saturday, Aug. 22nd. is growing, and Goodwin has been busy
knocked five containers of athletic shoes He will be giving a public presentation designing and assembling them into “The
off a cargo vessel and the shoes started and sign copies of his recently published Oregon Coast Quests Book”. The latest
washing up on U.S. West Coast beaches, book, “Flotsametrics and the Floating edition has just been released with eight
his fascination has been the wide variety World: How One Man’s Obsession with new Quests, including one available in
Runaway Spanish. This brings the number of these
Book Signing Sneakers and
place-based, clue-directed outdoor explora-
tion sites in Lincoln County to 23.
Revolutionized Participants can choose a Quest by
Ocean Sci- location or focus. There are habitats
Saturday, August 22 , 1:30 p.m. nd ence.” and ecosystems to explore, community
and state parks, school grounds and city
about this event buildings to see through new eyes, forest
or the book, ecology, cultural history, and fish hatchery
please contact research to learn about and issues like in-
Lynne Wright vasive species or sustainability to spotlight.
Presentation: 1:30 PM in in the HMSC Participants can follow the clues provided
Hennings Auditorium Bookstore. in the book or can choose just to enjoy the
walk and the location. They pick the pace
and the time of day or year.
Book Signing following The average Quest takes just 45-60
minutes. Guided by maps and directions,
Books available for clues and puzzles, participants will eventu-
purchase in HMSC ally wend their way to a Quest Box, a log
book to sign, and a unique rubber stamp to
Bookstore apply to the back of their book, creating a
continued on next page
HMSC and Aquarium host Center
Hatfield Marine Science
Oregon Fisheries Day 10 to 5, every day.
Where science is always fun! Admission is by donation. Sea Grant Fisheries Extension agent
May - September Hours: Open Jeff Feldner (left) demonstrates the
PacificFishTrax system to explain
the concept of traceability in seafood
The HMSC joined forces with the Oregon
Oregon State University – Sea Grant Extension
marketing. Dann Cutter. Bill Han-
2030 Marine Fisheries Newport,
Coast Aquarium in hosting Science Drive,Day onOR
Hatfield Marine Science Center
shumaker, and Tom Matteson kept
Sunday, August 16, offering the public a wealth
the grills going with marinated alba-
of information about crab, shrimp, albacore core tuna loins, offering samples to
tuna, salmon and sablefish fisheries off the coast to visitors in front of the VC. Inside,
Tracy Crews and other marine edu-
of Oregon. cators helped kids with fish printing.
Oregon Sea Grant Fisheries Extension All were part of the Oregon Fisheries
specialists, marine educators, and representa- Day attractions at HMSC.
tives from the seafood commodity commissions
were on hand at both the Aquarium and HMSC,
demonstrating gear, providing information
about various commercially harvested fish and
Oregon Fisheries Day took place just as
this newsletter was going into production, so
more details and photos from this event will be
published in the September issue of Upwelling,
the Friends of HMSC Newsletter.
Oregon Coast Quests continued from previous page
passport that documents each completed Together the students worked with
Quest. their new knowledge and experience
But the box at the end of each Quest to create a fun, clever outdoor Quest,
is not a treasure chest, says program contributing text, photos, and even a
coordinator Cait Goodwin, or “the Quest drawing of the mayor.
Lady,” as she’s now known. The real According to Goodwin, who’ll offer
value to be found is in the experience another Quest-building workshop this
itself. winter, any individual or group can iden-
“My interest is in getting people out- tify a place that’s special, learn enough
side and connecting with community,” about what makes that place important
says Goodwin. “Whether it’s the people to share with other people and create
doing the Quests or those who get to- their own Quest.
gether to actually create the Quests.” “They’re the experts,” says Good-
For instance, one of the newer win. And that’s exactly how the number
Quests this year was created by a group of Quests has grown from an original
of first- to fourth-grade students attend- eight in 2007 to 15 in 2008, and now 23
ing “School’s Out!” an after-school in 2009. New Quests for the 2010 edi-
program at the Newport Recreation tion are already underway, including a
Center. To create the “Newport City Quest focusing on the bay front area that
Buildings Quest,” the students first had has just been completed and tested.
to research and survey the buildings and The Oregon Coast Quests Program,
the area, learn about the services avail- originally funded through Oregon Sea the program for the continued creation of new
able, and interview the experts. They Grant, is now supported through grants, Quests and new books each year.
spoke to police officers and the mayor, donations, and the sale of the books. For a list of locations where the 2009-10 Or-
learned where voter ballots are dropped, This year’s Oregon Coast Quest book egon Coast Quest book is available for purchase,
and visited the Senior Center, discover- was made possible through a $2080 visit http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/freechoice/
ing not only a gift shop there, filled with grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable quest/OregonCoastQuests.html
crafts made by local seniors, but a “Wii” Contribution Fund and all proceeds from
in the basement -- who knew? the sale of the $6 book go back into
News you can use New child care facility Warm weather prompts
opening in Toledo reminder about pets in
Be skeptical of emails
requesting account info Betty Kamikawa, who works for NOAA at
HMSC, shares this news about a new op- According to the US Humane
From Dann Cutter, HMSC Computing Services: tion for child care in the community: Society (see below), dogs can overheat
We are seeing a barrage of spam email After 10 years of work we have a very quickly in cars - even on the coast
soliciting your account information yet again. where it’s cooler than the valley. Please
child care center in the community. It
They send messages attempting to look like leave your dogs at home while it’s hot
is very exciting. Central Coast Child
official email coming from OSU asking you out.... (from an empathetic dog-owner
Development Center (in Toledo) is the
to verify, authenticate or preserve your ac- and lover!)
only state certified center in the area
count by sending in your password, etc. “Dogs and cats can’t perspire and
for infants and toddlers of all income can only dispel heat by panting and
Remember, OSU will never ask for your levels.
account name, password, or any other infor- through the pads of their feet. Pets who
The CCCDC takes children from are left in hot cars even briefly can
mation which is protected via email. Once 6 weeks to 6 years, and operators are
a year we will tell you to go change your suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke,
expecting the infant and toddler slots brain damage, and can even die. Don’t
password, that is about it - and we won’t ask
to fill up fast. They would also like to think that just because you’ll be gone
for it via email. Please, do not send via email
hear from parents that are looking for “just a minute” that your pet will be
personal account information for any reason.
after school and out of school care for safe while you’re gone; even an air-
older children to determine if there is conditioned car with the motor off isn’t
a need. healthy for your pet.
HMSC Currents is published 4-5 times/yr. Your For more information, please call To avoid any chance that your pet
submissions to this newsletter are welcomed!
541-336-2477 or send an email to: will succumb to the heat of a car this
Please send to: email@example.com
Deadline for next issue is Nov. 8th
firstname.lastname@example.org summer, be sure to play it safe by leav-
ing your pet cool and refreshed at home
while you’re on the road.....”
White House Ocean SeaWeb announces Ocean in Focus
Policy Task Force Conservation Photography Contest
soliciting comments Have any photos of marine life or ing, the effects of sea level rise, coastal de-
ocean habitat that really make an impres- velopment and endangered and threatened
On June 12, 2009, President Obama sion? Consider submitting one to the 2nd marine animals and ecosystems.
sent a memorandum to the heads of Annual Ocean in Focus Conservation Pho- Images illustrating the human con-
executive departments and federal tography Contest sponsored by SeaWeb’s servation efforts implemented in local
agencies establishing an Interagency Marine Photobank and Project AWARE communities to combat ocean degrada-
Ocean Policy Task Force, led by the Foundation. tion are also strongly encouraged. These
White House Council on Environmen- Breathtakingly beautiful or disturbing, may include beach and oil spill cleanups,
tal Quality. The Task Force is charged photographs can be an effective tool for in- educational community events, creative
with developing a recommendation for creasing public awareness of issues related recycling, removal of derelict fishing gear,
a national policy that ensures protec- to the ocean environment. And that is one marine species rehabilitation and more.
tion, maintenance, and restoration of of the key objectives of this contest. Contest ends August 27, 2009. See the
oceans, our coasts and the Great Lakes. website for complete rules and submission
From their website... guidelines: www.marinephotobank.org
It will also recommend a framework
We challenge ocean lovers
for improved stewardship, and effective
worldwide to submit their most
coastal and marine spatial planning.
compelling marine conserva-
The Task Force is now seeking input
tion images to this one-of-a-kind
on its work from interested communi-
ties, governments, tribes, businesses, as- Conservation photographers
sociations, non-governmental organiza- worldwide are taking this op-
tions and the general public. If you are portunity to illuminate ocean
interested in providing your feedback pressures and challenges as well
please visit the CEQ Ocean Policy Task as solutions. Contest entries
Force website: may depict environmental issues
www. whitehouse.gov/administration/ including, but not limited to:
eop/ceq/initiatives/oceans unsustainable fishing practices,
pollution and debris, ocean Sea Turtle entangled in fishing gear. This photo by Marco Carè
dumping, oil spills, global warm- of Greenpeace, taken in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya,
was 2nd prize in last year’s photography contest.
Newport selected as new
the NOAA Marine Operations
base for NOAA vessels Center-Pacific and up to two vis-
continued from pg. 1 iting ships, and LEED-certified,
cluding more than 110 officers and crew environmentally sustainable
assigned to the NOAA ships McArthur main buildings. The Leadership
II, Miller Freeman, Rainier and Bell M. in Energy and Environmental
Shimada, a new fisheries survey vessel ex- Design (LEED) green building
pected to join the research fleet in 2010. rating system, developed by the
NOAA selected the site following a U.S. Green Building Council,
rigorous process involving an extensive provides a suite of standards
review of proposals submitted by sites for environmentally sustainable
in Washington and Oregon, according construction.
to the agency’s press release. It went NOAA fleet vessels are
on to explain the criteria considered in used to conduct research and
Artist’s rendering of the site west of OSU Ship Operations where
selecting the site, which included NOAA’s new NOAA Pacific fleet operations center will be constructed for gather data about the world’s oceans
infrastructure needs, proximity to maritime July 2011 occupancy. and atmosphere. Newport and OSU’s
industry resources and NOAA labs, quality of the community,” said Rear Adm. Jonathan Hatfield Marine Science Center are
of life for civilian employees, officers and crew, W. Bailey, director ofthe NOAA Office of Ma- already home to two NOAA Fisheries labs
the ability to meet the desired occupancy date rine and Aviation Operations and the NOAA and the Pacific Marine Environmental Lab’s
of July 2011 in addition to lease cost. Corps. VENTS program, which conducts research on
“We look forward to reuniting NOAA’s The agency’s requirements for the new the impacts and consequences of submarine
West Coast research ships and support per- site include office and warehouse space, berth- volcanoes and hydrothermal venting on the
sonnel at one facility and being an active part ing for the four NOAA ships homeported at global ocean.
H MSC Cur r en t s
The Back Page Highlights from HsO - sponsored
HsO provides opportunities “World Championship Games”
for outdoor recreational fun
It just wouldn’t be summer at HMSC
without at least a few opportunities to get
goofy and enjoy some friendly competition
outdoors while we have the great weather.
The Hatfield Students Organization has done
a great job in organizing recreational oppor-
tunities this summer, including the “Platypus
Games” during the OIMB-HMSC scholars
exchange in June and the “World Champion-
ship Games” in August. Thanks to all who
Pictured above, competing in the wheelbarrow race were (from left to right)
And for a little less intense competition, Mattias Johansson and Alana Alexander, Camilo Vanegas and Kendra Hoe-
don’t forget the friendly pick-up soccer kzema, and Mara Spencer and Sean Hayes.
games on Wednesdays at noon in the grassy Below, graduate student Jose Marin Jarrin shows graceful form in clearing
lot behind the Guin Library. the hurdles in the chest-wader steeplechase.
Ducks trump Beavers in
2009 Platypus Games
Below, team members Itchung Cheung and Renee Bellinger from the
aptly named team, “Really Not Above Cheating”, display the triple threat
combination of athleticism, coordination, and comedic talent in the three
legged barrel race.
The Ducks from OIMB suprised the Beavers from HMSC
at this year’s Platypus Games, winning the survival suit race
and the overall competition. Watch out next year, Ducks!
First place went to the “Really Not Above Cheating” team, but a cloud of
suspicion hangs over alleged doping by some competitors and the contro-
versial decision to allow urinalysis tests to be conducted by Bellinger’s lab.