ORSEA connects math and science educators with marine scientists.
Teams create and pilot lessons centered around anchoring phenomena.

Anchoring Phenomena

basket star


Is this distinctive body shape actually adaptive?

oyster research


Why are young oysters having trouble forming shells?

Dr. Nash on Eelgrass - Oregon Sea Grant Tiffany Woods


What is causing declines in seagrass abundance?

orca feeding on salmon


How does selective feeding behavior affect populations?



How do plankton population changes affect ecosystems?

Whale Feeding - Oregon Sea Grant


Which populations are most at risk?

Common Murre eggs - Photo R Orben


What factors affect reproductive success?

ORSEA 2019-20 Cohort

In August 2019, eight marine scientists and 16 math and science educators from Oregon formed the first Oregon Marine Scientist and Educator Alliance (ORSEA) cohort. At a multi-day summer workshop, participants formed scientist/educator curriculum teams, shared information, and engaged in hands-on marine science research activities together. Throughout the year, teams continued to work together to create marine science lessons centered around anchoring phenomena. The entire ORSEA cohort met online five times throughout the year, and teams presented their capstone projects to peers and community at a virtual conference in May 2020.

Summer 2020

Lessons created by the 2019-20 ORSEA teams are being transferred to this webpage over the summer. In the meantime, you can access the capstone posters to learn more about the projects!

    ORSEA Capstone Event - May 15, 2020

    Watch: "Six Common Myths About Communication" by Kelly Biedenweg, Oregon State University

    Coming Soon... More Anchoring Phenomena


    MARINE RESERVES: How do they work? Who benefits

    Vision for the Future

    ORSEA connects educators and marine researchers around issues of ocean ecology, career-connected learning, and effective science communication practices. 

    1. Teachers and students work together to connect marine research with career-connected learning,
    2. Marine scientists engage share their science with new audiences,
    3. Expanded networks and increased community commitment to protection and restoration of coastal and marine environments.

    Anchoring Phenomena

    ORSEA teams create lesson plans centered around Anchoring Phenomena, "a unit level event that the classroom is trying to make sense of as they engage in a series of lessons...[T]he questions the students ask about the anchor drive the learning within the unit, the anchor should be complex and require an understanding of several big science ideas to explain."  - Phenomena for NGSS

    Example: Why are "sea pickles" suddenly occurring in high numbers off the Oregon coast?

    These 2019-20 ORSEA materials are based upon work supported by Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, as well as the National Science Foundation Regional Class Research Vessels under Cooperative Agreement No. 1333564 Award: OCE-1748726. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.