News & Announcements

Senior Field Cruise Abstract Accepted for 2018 Ocean Sciences Conference

The Senior Field Cruise class has had their abstract accepted for presentation at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Conference in Portland, OR in February. Their abstract, "Comparative Analysis of Planktonic Productivity in Trinidad Bay and Nearshore Environments in Northern California During the 2017 Upwelling Season" will be presented in poster format by most of the students enrolled in the class.

Dr. Abell on sabbatical to promote International Student Exchange

Follow along with Dr. Abell, via his Facebook page, during his sabbatical to the University of Southhampton and Bangor University in England and James Cook University in Australia.

Tsunami Debris Tracking Project

The Ocean Recovery Alliance along with the International Pacific Research Center has developed a tracking system to monitor the debris flow from Japan's 9.0 earthquake on March 11, 2011.

The debris poses danger to maritime safety and fishery activities and may shelter Japan-native species, making it possible for some to survive a voyage across the Pacific Ocean. The introduction of non-native species to the US West Coast and Hawaii could potentially threaten our native fish and wildlife. In addition to this, the staggering amount of floating plastic and other material will have significant impacts on the ocean's entire ecosystem.

For these reasons and many others, monitoring the debris flow has become extremely important. Here's a link to the Tsunami Debris Tracking Project website:

Profs and Pizza: Oceanography Students and Faculty Kick off the Fall Semester with a Party

The Oceanography Department will hold a Welcome Back pizza party in mid Fall. We'll email you with the date.

Oceanography students Catherine Hoyle, Anna Neumann and Brandon Crawford won cash from a Scholarship Contest (sponsored by the HSU Bookstore) at the last Oceanography gathering. Congratulations!

HSU Oceanography Prof to Study Ocean Acidification

As most people know by now, the climate is changing due in part to increases in carbon dioxide from various factors like excess fossil fuel burning. Some of the excess CO2 actually gets stored in the ocean, which helps mitigate the problem. However, this can make ocean water more acidic and, during upwelling events along the California coast, this more acidic water is brought over the continental shelf and into the surface waters of the ocean. We know very little about how exposure to this water affects the development of larval, juvenile and adult organisms (like shellfish and coral, who form calcium carbonate shells and coverings, and young salmon that need small, calcifying zooplankton for food).

HSU Oceanography's Dr. Jeff Abell is part of a research team that has been funded roughly $600K by California's Ocean Protection Council to conduct a three-year study of this phenomenon. The project, which includes researchers and managers from CSU San Marcos, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, NOAA, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and the California Department of Fish and Game, began February 2009. Jeff will be helping to run an ocean acidity observing system to measure CO2 concentrations over time. Other investigators will be examining the physiologic responses of several key species, including red sea urchins, red abalone, and oysters.

HSU Begins Mapping Ocean Surface Currents in Northern California

HSU is now providing near-real-time ocean surface current measurements in northern California, between the Oregon-California border and Trinidad Head. This is the first step in our efforts to fill the data gap between Oregon and Pt. Arena (near San Francisco Bay). You can see recent and historical data here: . (That webpage allows you to zoom in and out, select different days, etc. Feel free to play with the options.)

HSU is a participating member of the Coastal Ocean Currents Monitoring Program (, funded by the California State Coastal Conservancy. The COCMP effort represents part of California's contribution to the US Integrated Ocean Observing System and the international Global Ocean Observing System, GOOS.

See what the HSU Student Oceanography Club has been up to:

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