Visitors to Newport’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will get the chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at laboratories and learn more about ocean research when Marine Science Day returns this Saturday, April 8.
From 10 am to 4 pm the free event will feature interactive, hands-on exhibits and opportunities to talk with researchers from Oregon State University and other state and federal agencies.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating Student Research” and student scientists will be among the researchers presenting exhibits on marine mammals, oyster aquaculture, ocean acidification, ocean noise, seagrass ecology, fisheries, deep sea vents and more. Visitors can learn about research diving with the OSU Dive Team, observe microscopic plankton, tour a genetics lab and hear about the NOAA Corps’ 100th year as a commissioned service.
Special events will include an opening ceremony for the Experimental Seawater Facility at 10:30 am, followed at 1 pm by a public feeding of Opal the octopus in the Visitors Center.
And at 2:30 pm, José R. Marín Jarrín of the Galápagos-based Charles Darwin Foundation will give a lecture on the importance of student research experiences.
Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coast Aquarium will be on hand with activities for kids while The Oregon Coast STEM Hub and representatives from OSU and Oregon Coast Community College will engage K-12 students interested in pursuing marine studies.
Visitors will also be able to learn about the progress of OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative, which seeks to host 500 students-in-residence in Newport by 2025.
“With a new teaching and research facility in the fundraising and design phase, Marine Science Day offers a great opportunity to understand why we are so excited about OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative,” said Hatfield director Bob Cowen. “It is also a chance to learn about our scientists — who we are, what we do, and how we, as university, state and federal partners, work together and with communities to better understand and solve our marine and coastal challenges.”
The Hatfield center is located in South Beach, southeast of Yaquina Bay Bridge.
More information on the event is available online at http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/marinescienceday.