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Stay tuned here and on social media for upcoming events with the BFL! 

April 8, 2023 10 am - 4 pm: Hatfield Marine Science Day 2023!

Hatfield Marine Science Day 2023 info

The Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) is having an open house for the public from 10 am-4 pm...come check out educational and interactive booths from over 40 research labs based at HMSC, including the Big Fish Lab! Come hear about our research, see our shark tags up close, and learn about the sharks of Oregon. Fun for all ages!

A poster for Hatfield Marine Science Day 2023. It shows a bird on a rock looking into the water at an octopus,





October 4th, 2022 7-9 PM: OMSI Science Pub Portland: The Predator Next Door: An Introduction to Oregon's Coastal Shark Species

Join the BFL's Dr. Alex McInturf on an exploration of the sharks and their relatives in Oregon waters, ranging from the popular white shark to one of the largest species of fish in the world. Then, stay tuned to learn more about how the Big Fish Lab studies sharks of all sizes using cameras, transmitters, animal “FitBits”, drones and more, to examine unexplored shark habitats along Oregon’s coastline and beyond.


October 5th, 2022 5-7PM: HMSC’s Science on Tap: A Night of Sharks, Science, and Stories!

We will explore the 16 species of sharks found off the Oregon coast and take a deep dive inside a shark. The first half of the presentation will be a discussion of the sharks of Oregon, and the second half will be an on-site shark dissection! This is a free, family-friendly event and open to all.

When: Wednesday, October 5

  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM: Social Hour with food and beverages available for purchase
  • 6:00 PM: Event begins

Where: Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building Auditorium

  • 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR

Online Option: Please click the link to join the webinar https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/93150378672

  • Telephone: US: +1-971-247-1195  
  • Webinar ID: 931-5037-8672


Want to hear from us?

If you are interested in scheduling a presentation, webinar, or having us participate in an education or outreach event, please contact us at taylor.chapple@oregonstate.edu .


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