The effects of ocean acidification on Oregon Coast estuaries as well as oyster and Dungeness crab fisheries will be on the agenda when Dr. George Waldbusser addresses the Thursday, Feb. 1, meeting of the The MidCoast Watersheds Council in Newport.
Waldbusser is an associate professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University with expertise is in seafloor ecology and biogeochemistry.
Ocean acidification, the lowering of pH due to the absorption of carbon dioxide, is often thought of as an open-ocean problem. However, regulators, policy makers and scientists have realized that ocean acidification also occurs within nearshore waters and estuaries.
Waldbusser will discuss the problem facing the coast as well as various proposed measures and approaches that can be taken locally to help mitigate this acidification.
For the past decade, Waldbusser has been studying the effects of ocean acidification on bivalves, including oysters, mussels and clams. He was instrumental in helping to interpret ocean acidification impacts on oyster hatcheries in the Pacific Northwest. He has interacted with shellfish growers around the country, as well as in France, Chile and New Zealand, and was awarded the OSU Vice Provost’s Award for Excellence in Strategic Impact in 2016 for his efforts.
The talk will begin at 6:30 pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive. Refreshments will be served.