Mitch McGuire, a sophomore at Oregon State University, is working with me this summer to survey eelgrass and macroalgae in Pacific Northwest estuaries. Mitch hails from Oregon City, OR and has a passion for marine science. We just finished a 6 day trip, covering 800 miles to survey five eelgrass beds in four estuaries.... Willapa Bay, Netarts Bay, Yaquina Bay, and Coos Bay. PHEW. We even scored an interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting's Jes Burns - look for us on Oregon Field Guide this fall!
The Hacker Lab participated in the 2nd Annual Department of Integrative Biology Open House! We made a huge mess and had a lot of fun with our "Build A Dune" activity, teaching visitors about the role that dune grasses can play in building taller dunes.
The spring Marine Biology & Ecology course has taken up residence at Hatfield Marine Science Center and I am lucky enough to be with them as a Teaching Assistant for the Marine Invertebrates section! Today we crawled around in the mud to find shrimp, worms, and bivalves. Follow their adventures on the BI450 Blog.
This winter, Oregon State University BI212 students learned about plant anatomy, scientific investigation, and dissected fetal pigs. Here are some of their science communication posts! For more posts, check out #OSUBI212 and #OSUSCIENCE.
The end of fall quarter classes at Oregon State University has me reflecting on a rewarding term of teaching about phylogenetic trees, form and function, and how we classify groups of species. This term, students in BI211 were required to create two "science communication" posts with the hashtag #OSUBI211. Check us out on social media to see what we learned!
Environmental Protection Agency scientists participated in the annual Hatfield Marine Science Day in Newport, Oregon. We spoke with hundreds of visitors about the ecosystem services that wetlands and marshes provide, including filtering toxins and nutrients from runoff! For information on the next Marine Science Day at Hatfield Marine Science Center, check out their website.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate students participated in an annual outreach event at the North Carolina Museum of Natural History. We interacted with adults and children to teach them about the importance of oyster shell recycling and helped kids paint their own oyster shell to take home! Click here for more information about the NC Oyster Shell Recycling program.