Welcome to the home of the Oregon Marine Scientist and Educator Alliance or ORSEA for short. ORSEA connects educators and marine researchers around issues of ocean ecology, career-connected learning, and effective science communication practices. 

Our Vision for the Future

  1. Teachers and students seeking marine research, understanding, and career-connected learning,
  2. Marine scientists engaged as partners and broadening their impact,
  3. Expanded networks and community commitment to protection and restoration of coastal and marine environments.

Timeline 2019-20

At the ORSEA kick-off August 20-22, 2019, eight marine scientists and 16 Oregon math/science educators shared information about their research and classrooms, formed curriculum teams, and engaged in hands-on research activities. They also began co-planning their year, which included marine scientist classroom visits and data support for the teachers, and science communication outreach support for participating researchers. 

Community of Practice Sessions
Teams met online throughout the year:

  • October 10, 2019: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
  • November 14, 2019: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
  • January 16, 2020: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
  • February 20, 2020: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
  • April 16, 2020: 7:00 - 8:00 PM



ORSEA Capstone Event
Teams share their projects in a virtual conference:

Anchoring Phenomena

BASKET STAR: How is the surface area to volume ratio adaptive for marine invertebrates?

COMMON MURRE: Why do murre eggs look the way they do?

SEAGRASS: Seagrasses have declined in South Slough over recent time. Could seagrass wasting disease be the culprit?

PLANKTON POPULATIONS: What happens to our local ecosystem if the copepod species richness increases? decreases?

MARINE RESERVES: How do they work? Who benefits?

SELECTIVE PALATES AND KILLER APPETITES: Can we reverse the decline of southern resident killer whale numbers? How?

HUMPBACK WHALES: How should whales from different populations be managed?  Which whale population should be prioritized first? 

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION: What is happening to the oysters?