How you can support science in the Big Fish lab

Help support cutting-edge shark science at the BFL by donating directly to fund projects supporting conservation and management of these amazing species.

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Curriculum/Educational tools

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Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Market on the Bay

Location: Pelican Bay Brewing - Siletz. 5911 SE Hwy 101, Lincoln City, Oregon

Explore seasonal treasures, sip on Pelican's finest brews, and embrace the holiday spirit at this indoor holiday market. Most importantly, come talk Oregon sharks with us!

More info here.



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



Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Science Pub: The Secret Lives of Sharks

Location: Edward J. Ray Hall | Charles McGrath Family Atrium | OSU-Cascades

This Science Pub looks at the critical role sharks play in maintaining vibrant marine ecosystems in Oregon and around the world. Presenter Dr. Alexandra McInturf is a researcher and postdoctoral fellow in OSU's Big Fish Lab. The lab's researchers have been featured on Discovery Channel's Shark Week and National Geographic's Shark Fest programs


Science Pub

Drs. James Sulikoski and Taylor Chapple will share riveting research and wild stories of their adventures tracking and studying one of our oceans’ top predators! Whether you fear or revere the mighty SHARK, don’t miss your opportunity to hear OSU’s own shark experts and leaders of the Big Fish Lab, stars of both The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and Nat Geo’s Shark Fest programs, share their love of sharks & science with us!

Old World Deli
341 SW 2nd St.
Corvallis, OR 97333

Reserve your spot at Old World Deli.

Register to watch the program online.

Sponsors of the OSU Science Pub include OSU, Old World Deli and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.



Sharktoberfest 2023!

Join us at the Hatfield Marine Science Center on October 14 from 3-7 pm for an afternoon of shark fun! We'll have raffles for Big Fish Lab gear, kids crafts, food, beer & wine, a Shark Week episode viewing, in-person shark dissection, and a live Q&A with a Shark Week scientist! Fun for everyone! Tickets are $25 and on sale online and at the door. Purchase tickets here! More information can be found here and on our Facebook event page.


Eugene Emeralds Night - Wednesday, August 30 at 6:35 pm

Come join for a fun night of baseball and shark science! We will illustrate how real sharks are much different than movie sharks. Marine exhibits will be showcased throughout the concourse.


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 .


In The News

Front page magazine cover featuring a shark swimming up towards the surface where the magazine title text is featured saying "Oregon Stater". Under the water, the text "Beyond Fear."

Big Fish Lab featured in Oregon State University's Stater Magazine!

OSU RESEARCHERS are working to change sharks' reputation and replace by our ignorance with awe.

Big Fish Lab's Taylor Chapple honored as an OSU Research Champion!

The Big Fish Lab's Dr. Taylor Chapple was recognized at a Beaver Football home game at Reser Stadium for the important work that he and the Big...

OSU-Cascades to host science pub talk on sharks

Oregon State University-Cascades will host a science pub talk Nov. 14 on sharks and research at the Chapple Big Fish Lab at the university's...