COMES Newsletter - Fall 2023

A Note from James:

Whew! What a wild ride the first few months as Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station Director have been! I have met with so many wonderful people along the Oregon Coast, from fishers, to processors, to agency and NGO partners. I have met with individual political leaders and the Coastal Caucus. I have met with the leaders of all four of the marine Commodity Commissions. I have held individual meetings with all of the COMES tenure-track faculty and staff, learning more about what they currently do and how they hope to evolve over the coming years. Everyone I have met has been so forthcoming about their concerns for and deep love of our fishing and seafood industries and our ocean communities.

Fortunately, many of the conversations with stakeholders and those internal to COMES have been synergistic – we are all looking for the same things. Two of the critical needs I have identified are:

  1. COMES needs to do a better job of being “out there” so that people know who we are and what we do, and so that we learn how we can better support our stakeholders.
  2. COMES needs to adapt into an organizational structure that allows for nimble, proactive work in response to industry needs.

Neither of these has an easy or straightforward solution. Achieving them will require a dedicated and collaborative effort among all concerned.  However, I am also excited about the future and I am truly looking forward to seeing what our Oregon Coast community can accomplish, together.  Please know that my door is always open – if you have a fishing, processing, or general marine life concern, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Dr. James Sulikowski
Director, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station

Chapple Honored as Beaver Research Champion

Taylor Chapple was honored as a Beaver Research Champion at the OSU Football Game on Saturday, September 16 at Reser Stadium. Along with watching the game from the President's Box, Taylor got a personal shoutout from OSU President Jayathi Murthy on the Jumbotron (watch her message here). He was also acknowledged on the field.  To learn more about Taylor's research and the importance of sharks to coastal ecosystems, check out the video below.

Well done, Taylor!

Dundas and Collaborators Receive First-Ever OSU Community Engaged Scholarship Team Award

Steven J. Dundas (Associate Professor, COMES/Applied Economics) and a transdisciplinary team including Peter Ruggiero (Professor, CEOAS and lead PI), John Bolte (Professor, CAS), Felicia Olmeta-Schult (Coastal Hazards Extension Specialist, Oregon Sea Grant), Jenna Tilt (Assistant Professor, CEOAS), Daniel T. Cox (Professor, College of Engineering), and Patrick Corcoran (Retired, Oregon Sea Grant) recently won the first-ever OSU Community Engaged Scholarship Team Award at the annual OSU Extension and Engagement Conference.  Their project, titled Oregon Coastal Futures, was funded by a 5-year LEAF award from Oregon Sea Grant

The overall goal of the project was to "...increase adaptation and resilience within Oregon’s coastal communities while designing a framework that can be adapted to other U.S. regions also facing chronic and acute coastal hazards. Underserved and rural communities were a particular focus of this project."  In addition, "The Oregon Coastal Futures research team combined coastal knowledge with physical, social, and economic science for hazards response and to co-create solutions with a community Advisory Council to inform local and regional planning."

Through collaboration with a 30-member Advisory Council, numerous graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and researchers, and other community members, this transdisciplinary research team achieved the following key impacts:

  • Impact #1: Cultivating partnerships to co-develop applied research and policy outcomes to address coastal hazards risks in Oregon, such as “islanding”, where rural coastal communities may be cut off from services after a hazard event.
  • Impact #2: Expanding the reach of community engaged coastal hazards work to underserved communities in Oregon and within the Pacific Northwest region.
  • Impact #3: Training the next generation of engaged scholars in transdisciplinary methods while navigating a complex applied research project with real-world impacts.

In addition, collectively the group had 14 publications and 30 presentations, reaching a wide variety of audiences through multiple types of media and engagement opportunities. The group has also extensively leveraged funding and has a clear plan for continuation, including a $19M award from the National Science Foundation to expand the research across the entire Pacific Northwest region.

The Community Engaged Scholarship Team Award recognizes “transdisciplinary teams that have made exemplary strides to become more closely and productively engaged with communities through their teaching/learning, discovery, and service activities.”  Clearly this team has done just that, and they have leveraged the success of this project to apply and expand what they’ve learned across the region.

Congratulations, all!

Author credit shared with the Oregon Coastal Futures Project team.

Big Fish Lab in the Media

As you might expect, the combination of summer beach weather and Shark Week on the Discovery Channel resulted in many opportunities for COMES shark researchers to make appearances on the news.  In addition to being featured in two Shark Week episodes (Monsters of the Bermuda Triangle and The Haunting of Shark Tower), the Big Fish Lab's James Sulikowski appeared on three national news programs. In the first two he discusses the (un)likelihood of a shark attack, even though sharks are often seen quite close to shore:

Expert: Shark attacks rare despite recent encounters
Elizabeth Vargas Reports - News Nation


Humans are not on sharks' "menu" despite sightings surge: Dr. James Sulikowski
Cavuto Coast to Coast - Fox Business

James' third appearance was on NBC's The Today Show talking about tracking where sharks are giving birth and restoration of overfished species in South Carolina's Low Country:


Meanwhile, postdoctoral scholar Alexandra McInturf represented the Big Fish Lab twice on KATU's Afternoon Live over the summer.

Shark facts to know before Shark Week

Fun facts about shark moms!

Warmer ocean temperatures increase risk of salmon bycatch in Pacific hake fishery

NEWPORT, Ore. – Rates of Chinook salmon bycatch in the Pacific hake fishery rise during years when ocean temperatures are warmer, a signal that climate change and increased frequency of marine heatwaves could lead to higher bycatch rates, new research indicates.

During years when sea surface temperatures were higher, including during a marine heatwave, Chinook salmon were more likely to overlap with the Pacific hake and raise the risk of bycatch as they sought refuge from higher temperatures.

The findings, based on 20 years of bycatch data and ocean temperature records, provide new insight into the ecological mechanisms that underlie bycatch, which is the incidental capture of a non-targeted species, said the study’s lead author, Megan Sabal.

“The impact of ocean warming on bycatch has potential cultural, economic and ecological consequences, as the hake and salmon fisheries are each worth millions of dollars and salmon are critical to both Indigenous tribes’ cultural heritage and healthy ecosystems,” said Sabal, who worked on the project as a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University.  

Pacific hake, also known as Pacific whiting, is the largest commercial fishery by tonnage on the U.S. West Coast. The rate is low but bycatch remains a concern for the Chinook salmon population, said Michael Banks, a marine fisheries genomics, conservation and behavior professor at Oregon State University and a co-author of the study.

“The hake fishing industry is very sensitive to the impacts of bycatch on salmon and has been diligent in reducing it, but changing climate conditions might become an increasing issue,” he said.

The research was just published in the journal Fish and Fisheries.

Pacific hake school in midwater depths off the West Coast from southern Baja California to the Gulf of Alaska. Hake is commonly used in surimi, a type of minced fish used to make imitation crab.

Most hake fishing occurs at depths of 200 to 300 meters and Chinook salmon typically occupy more shallow depths. If changing water temperature affects salmon distribution, that could increase salmon bycatch, the researchers noted.

“Developing a mechanistic understanding of how environmental conditions might impact bycatch can help us prepare for the future and think about how to adapt current strategies to keep up with a changing world,” said co-author Kate Richerson of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center Newport Research Station.

To better understand the impacts of changing ocean conditions, the researchers tapped into 20 years of data collected through NOAA’s At-Sea Hake Observer Program. Observers are placed aboard hake catcher-processor vessels and motherships that receive catch to process and record information about fishing depth and location, species composition and more.  

Sabal and her coauthors modeled observer data and genetic stock identification to show salmon moving lower into the water column during higher temperatures.

“These behavioral changes can provide important information for researchers and can also inform creative conservation solutions,” Sabal said.

The researchers also found that limiting night fishing, a common mitigation strategy to reduce bycatch, will likely become less effective when sea surface temperatures are warmer near the surface.

The findings suggest that new strategies may be needed to continue mitigating bycatch in the hake fishery, Banks said. As technology improves, fishermen and fishery managers might be able to forecast bycatch impacts based on real-time ocean condition information and make adaptive management decisions about fishing strategy based on those conditions.

“As the oceans and the world are changing, the conflict between the two fisheries is showing up in new ways,” he said, “and we may need to shift strategies based on this understanding.”

Banks is affiliated with OSU’s Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station at Hatfield Marine Science Center. Sabal was affiliated with the Cooperative Institute for Marine Ecosystems and Resources Studies and the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station while working on the project and now works for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as a quantitative fisheries scientist.

Additional coauthors are Taal Levi of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Paul Moran and Vanessa Tuttle at NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.

-written by Michelle Klampe, OSU Research Communications

Lessons from ‘The Blob’ will help us manage fisheries during future marine heatwaves

COMES' Will White is a co-author on the publication referenced below.

(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — In early 2014, a great anomaly descended upon the seas: A patch of warm water that manifested in the Gulf of Alaska. Scientists called it “The Blob.”

A strong El Niño prolonged this marine heatwave through 2016. It extended as far south as Baja California, Mexico, throwing marine ecosystems, weather patterns and fisheries into disarray. Now that the heatwave has passed, researchers have begun examining its effects and drawing insights that can help us prepare for a future where marine heatwaves are more common and more intense.

Marine scientist Chris Free, at UC Santa Barbara, led a network of colleagues along the West Coast to investigate how the 2014–2016 marine heatwave impacted the region’s fish, fisheries and fishermen. They documented The Blob’s diverse effects through a coastwide economic synthesis and a series of 10 case studies, finding that many fisheries suffered due to stock declines and shifting ranges. However, even some of the species that fared well caused management challenges. The study, published in the journal Fish and Fisheries, presents an outline for what to prioritize as scientists, fishermen and policymakers chart a path forward....(read more)

-written by Harrison Tasoff. Reprinted with permission from the Santa Barbara Current

New Paper Defines Elasmobranch Aggregations

Hot off the press! Members of the Big Fish Lab recently collaborated with the Marine Mammal Institute's Dr. Mauricio Cantor to produce their latest publication in ICES Journal of Marine Science: “A unified paradigm for defining elasmobranch aggregations”. Despite their historic reputation as mindless, solitary hunters, sharks have formed aggregations for centuries, and recent evidence suggest that some species may actually be social. But how do we define a shark “aggregation”, and what does that term imply about why sharks are often present in large numbers? The authors address this question by providing a set of criteria for defining aggregations and offering accompanying terminology for describing the types of aggregations that may be observed. Ideally, these criteria are used to standardize observations across species and justify future management actions, such as area-based protection to combat population declines.

- written by Alexandra McInturf


Brander Lab in the News

Susanne Brander’s Ecotoxicology and Environmental Stress lab has been very busy lately with...poop?  In some ways, yes!  As you would expect, solid waste is an excellent indicator of what animals have been eating.  Susanne, as well as her recently graduated students Jennifer Van Brocklin (M.S.) and Katherine Lasdin (Ph.D.) collaborated with Leigh Torres (MMI) and her Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (GEMM) lab to analyze whale poop.  According to a story on, the team estimates that gray whales feeding off the Oregon Coast consume up to 21 million microparticles per day, a finding informed in part by poop from the whales.  This research was also covered by KGW, KLCC, Oregon Capital Chronicle, The Spokesman Review, Nature World News, and The Daily Science.

This research paper was published in Frontiers in Marine Science.

In addition, an article in Science indicates just what the title says – “Mussel poop may help clear oceans of microplastics.”  The idea presented is that mussels eat microplastics and excrete them, and that the excreta could be captured (as in a biofilm) and removed from the environment.  According to the article, “Susanne Brander, an ecotoxicologist at Oregon State University, agrees that the solution is clever, but probably not practical as a stand-alone fix. ‘This is going to reduce [microplastics] slightly if it were applied on a large scale, but it certainly is not going to completely eliminate the problem.’”

The article goes on to say that “One challenge, Brander says, is that maintaining a balanced ecosystem means only so many mussels can be placed in an area at one time. The creatures are also selective eaters that consume particles only of a particular size, she notes, so they necessarily leave some microplastics behind.”

Clearly more research and mitigation tools are needed to really stem the tide of microplastics in our environment. Thankfully the Brander lab is hard at work bringing us new information all the time – even if it requires getting their (gloved) hands a little dirty.

On another note entirely, Susanne was a contributing author on an op-ed in The Oregonian titled "Opinion: Recycling isn’t working. Oregon should lead the way in curbing plastics use." Co-authored by Ryan Parker, Elise Granek, Minal Mistry, and Stacey Harper, the piece argues that, "...Oregon shouldn’t wait for the federal government to act. While the state has made significant progress over recent years, the proliferation of plastic requires additional and immediate action. Our state and local governments, through legislation, education and incentives, must lead a change in both mindset and practice to ensure that our waterways, wildlife and our own bodies have reduced exposure to these persistent particulates."

The article goes on to say that "The state should restrict single-use plastic packaging across the board and provide incentives that emphasize access to necessities without throwaway containers. These are first steps to move us away from our plastics-dominated lifestyles and economy. While this may seem radical with many potential barriers, we must also imagine that many new innovations in product delivery will come to fruition with a different design ethos."

You can read the entire piece here.


Environmental Economics News from Steve Dundas

Market implications of coastal managed retreat policy

A new paper published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management co-authored by COMES faculty Steven J. Dundas evaluates the housing market implications of a coastal managed retreat policy. Results suggest that buyouts and acquisitions have sizable negative effects on prices (−20 to −10 percent) for homes sold that are near participating properties. The spatial scale of the impacts differs across policy types, with negative effects attenuating after 100 m for buyouts but persisting for acquisitions up to 1200 m. These impacts are shown to approach zero four years after policy initiation, and the price effect of buyouts may turn positive after five years. Their findings demonstrate coastal housing market implications of different policy outcomes that can inform government action in response to increased flood risk.

-written by Steven J. Dundas

Do geolocation tags in Instagram posts impact traffic in the outdoors?

A new article in KTVZ News titled Is Instagram making the great outdoors more crowded? Not as much as you might suspect, study shows states:

"Except for modest visitor increases at a small percentage of iconic places, Instagram content is not resulting in more tourist traffic on public lands, according to a study by researchers at Oregon State University.

The findings, published in Land Economics, counter a common news media refrain that geotagged posts on social media are “ruining the great outdoors,” said Steve Dundas and Ashley Lowe Mackenzie of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

The research also adds to the ongoing quest to understand the role social media plays in society, as well as to policy discussions around social media regulation, the scientists note." (read more)

This research was also covered in radio interviews with Steve and Ashley on KLCC in Eugene, KBND in Bend and Oregon Public Broadcasating.

Sustainable Culture of Oysters, Urchins, and Seaweed – Aquaculture Research at COMES/HMSC

It is widely believed that oysters are “born to die”. High mortalities are a major problem facing West Coast oyster farmers. Genetic selection by COMES’s Molluscan Broodstock Program (MBP) over almost three decades has resulted in improvements in survival and farm yields by about 87%, compared with those of wild oysters, despite large temporal and spatial variation in environmental stress conditions. To add to the farmer’s challenges, a highly pathogenic oyster herpes virus (OsHV-1) was found in San Diego, CA, in 2018. Luckily, this virus has not yet spread to other farms along the West Coast, but MBP responded by re-focusing its selection program to develop herpes-resistant oyster stocks. Led by research associate Konstantin Divilov, a genetic marker was found to be correlated with improved survival against a less pathogenic OsHV-1 strain found in Tomales Bay, CA. Using a combination of this marker and traditional phenotypic selection, survival of oysters exposed to OsHV-1 in Tomales Bay has been improved by 34%. MBP is “passing the baton” to a newly expanded USDA-ARS oyster genetics and breeding program that should ensure long-term funding and future research on improving future oyster yields and other desirable traits. (For more on this exciting transition, see USDA-ARS Expands at HMSC, Partnering with COMES, Introducing Neil Thompson, USDA-ARS Research Geneticist, and Growth Continues in USDA-ARS Pacific Shellfish Breeding Center from our previous issues).

Farmed oysters not only seem to have a “death wish”, but their larval life stage also readily dies in hatcheries due to a range of stress factors, including outbreaks of pathogenic vibrio bacteria. faculty research assistant Candice Thorstenson and Ph.D. student Spencer Lunda have been developing and testing a cocktail of probiotic bacteria to reduce larval mortalities due to vibrio infections. The cocktail is highly effective in stimulating the innate larval immune system and reduces their mortalities when exposed to vibrio bacteria by about 80%. We are currently developing a protocol that will allow hatcheries to conveniently use this cocktail to reduce this vibrio threat. In addition, Ph.D. student MacKenna Hainey is determining the effects of ocean acidification, microplastics, and tire particles on oyster larval survival and growth. Threats from these stress factors are likely to become increasingly serious as carbon dioxide emissions and plastics continue to be released into the environment.

Lastly, research associate Ford Evans is working on “fattening” purple urchins that have been harvested from kelp barrens. Urchins are over-grazing kelp beds along the West coast and destroying this important ecosystem. Unfortunately, harvested urchins from these barrens have little economic food value due to their starved state. Ford is using cultured dulse (a red seaweed product developed at COMES) to fatten harvested urchins so that they can be sold to seafood markets for their roe (termed “uni” in Asian markets). This project involves a wide range of partners, including the Port Orford Field Station, Port of Bandon, tribal members, commercial dulse farmers, local chefs and restaurateurs. (For more on this exciting project, see Kelp Forests and Purple Sea Urchins in our Spring 2023 issue).

The future will likely bring greater threats to the success of coastal marine farmers. COMES is leading the way in developing strategies to help farmers reduce these threats and remain an important part of Oregon’s coastal economy.

-written by Chris Langdon


Outreach from the Big Fish Lab

For the second year running, members of the Big Fish Lab (BFL) were present at July’s OMSI After Dark: Making Waves event in Portland in July. Over 1,200 visitors from all over the United States were present to “make a splash learning about oceanic ecosystems.” The BFL team shared information on shark tagging, their shark sightings effort, elasmobranch diversity in Oregon, and feeding morphology. Their booth also offered interactive activities, including shark trivia and videos of fieldwork with sevengill and basking sharks!

The BFL also recently attended an OSU Football game, tabling outside Reser Stadium to teach interested attendees about sharks found off coastal Oregon and the work of the BFL. The group took a recently collected deceased salmon shark specimen with them, which was quite enticing to children and adults alike.

Not to be outdone, James and Taylor gave a joint presentation titled "The Secret Lives of Sharks" at OSU's Science Pub in Corvallis at the beginning of October, hosted at the New World Deli. Now that the Big Fish Lab has two principal investigators, they are able to study a wider range of shark-related topics. This presentation focused on the critical role that sharks play in our ocean ecosystems and the cutting-edge technology that the Big Fish Lab uses to study them.

Finally, the Big Fish Lab hosted the first ever Sharktoberfest at HMSC, featuring shark-related crafts for kids, a live dissection of a shark specimen, viewing of Shark Week episodes on the big screen in the HMSC Auditorium, and Q&A with Shark Week Scientists.

If you want to stay "in the know" about all the great outreach opportunities sign up for the BFL Newsletter, or keep an eye on the Big Fish Lab on Instagram or Facebook!
Marine & Anadromous Fisheries Ecology Lab Student Spotlight

Keala Pelekai, a MS student from Jessica Miller’s Marine & Anadromous Fisheries Ecology Lab, has shed light on key life history aspects of an under-studied species. Most people living in the Pacific Northwest are familiar with Pacific Salmon, which hatch in streams before migrating into the ocean to grow. They then return to their natal streams to reproduce. This life history is referred to as ‘”anadromous,” which is term derived from Greek meaning “running up”. What is less well-known is that Pacific Salmon have a distinct relative, Pacific Lamprey, which are also anadromous but have been on Earth for >300 million years (or ~6X longer than Pacific Salmon)! After hatching, Pacific Lamprey live up to 9 years in streams until they migrate to the ocean and adopt a parasitic existence, literally sucking the blood of other fishes before returning to freshwater to reproduce. Lamprey are cartilaginous, which means that they don’t have bone or other hard parts, such as scales or otoliths (ear stones). These bony parts are often used to provide fundamental life history information needed to inform management and conservation, such as age and growth rate.

Keala, who is currently working with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service on salmonid recovery in Washington state, recently published part of her thesis research in collaboration with colleagues from Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Yakama Nation Fisheries, and NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Her study examined the utility of using statoliths (small, calcium phosphate structures in the heads of Lamprey) to provide fundamental age and growth information needed for this species, whose abundance is declining in many parts of its natural range. Surprisingly, she discovered that the statolith appears to stop growing when these fish migrate out of rivers and into the ocean, so they cannot provide information about the oceanic phase of life. However, the statoliths, when combined with information on body size and collection location, could provide robust estimates of freshwater age. Additionally, she identified a non-lethal option to estimate freshwater age that was almost as accurate as the approach that included the statolith. This information will help shed light on how long different populations remain in the natal rivers and identify factors that regulate their migration to the ocean.

This research paper will be available  in a forthcoming issue of the North American Journal of Fisheries Management.

-Written by Jessica Miller

Student News

As always, our students are extremely busy!

Recent Graduates

Bryan Gaspich, M.S., Food Science and Technology - Summer 2024

Ashley Lowe Mackenzie, Ph.D., Applied Economics - Spring 2023

Geoffrey Walker, M.S., Fisheries Science - Spring 2023

  • Kathleen O'Malley, Advisor
  • Thesis - A SNP Panel for Albacore Tuna (Thunnus alalunga) captures adaptive genetic differentiation among four sample areas in the Pacific Ocean

Hailey Zhou, M.S., Food Science and Technology - Summer 2024

Summer Students

It was a busy undergraduate and high school internship summer for COMES, with 8 interns representing Research Experiences for Undergraduates (funded through the National Science Foundation), OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Branch Experiment Station internship program, OSU's Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences, and OSU's Marine Studies Initiative. Visit the 2023 COMES Summer Students page for more information on these amazing students and their projects.

Student Awards

Several COMES students were honored with awards this summer as well. These students are celebrated through HMSC’s Markham Symposium, during which the students present posters and ignite talks.  They also have time to network with other scientists and to discuss research ideas with peers.

2022 COMES student award recipients are:

Lylian Brucefield Reynolds Scholarship

  • Joshua Bowman, M.S., Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences (Taylor Chapple, Advisor)

Mamie Markham Research Award

  • Jessica Schulte, Ph.D., Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences (Taylor Chapple, Advisor)
  • Maddie English, M.S., Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences (Taylor Chapple, Advisor)
  • Lauren Kashiwabara, M.S., Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences (Susanne Brander, Advisor)

McNeil Award

  • Benjamin Wiley, M.S., Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences (Kathleen O'Malley, Advisor)

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Reserve Graduate Student Scholarships

  • Ethan Personius, M.S., Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences (Taylor Chapple, Advisor)
  • Lauren Kashiwabara, M.S., Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences (Susanne Brander, Advisor)



COMES Publications

Dayan DI, Mazur S, Green LJ, Wells AJ, Johnson MA, Van Dyke DJ, Samarin PA, Battleson RD, O'Malley KG (2023) Genetic diversity within late-summer and half-pounder steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in the Rogue River, Oregon. Conservation Genetics

Divilov K, Merz N, Schoolfield B, Green TJ, Langdon C (2023) Marker-assisted selection in a Pacific oyster population for an antiviral QTL conferring increased survival to OsHV-1 mortality events in Tomales Bay. Aquaculture.

Free CM, Anderson SC, Hellmers EA, Muhling BA, Navarro MO, Richerson K, Rogers LA, Satterthwaite WH, Thompson AR, Burt JM, Gaines SD, Marshall KN, White JW, Bellquist LF (2023) Impact of the 2014-2016 marine heatwave on US and Canada West Coast fisheries: Surprises and lessons from key case studies. Fish and Fisheries.

Hashida Y, Dundas SJ (2023) The effects of voluntary property buyout and acquisition program on coastal housing markets: Evidence from New York. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Hopf JK, White JW (2023) Extreme events delay the detection of marine protected area effects: Implications for monitoring and management. Biological Conservation.

Jennings JC,  Bellmore JR, Armstrong JB, Wisseman RW (2023) 2023. Effects of process-based floodplain restoration on aquatic macroinvertebrate production and community structure. River Restoration Applications

Mackenzie AL, Dundas SJ, Zhao B (2023) The Instagram effect: Is social media influencing visitation to public land? Land Economics.

McInturf AG, Bowman G, Schulte JM, Newton KC, Vigil B, Honig M, Pelletier S, Cox N, Lester O, Cantor M, Chapple TK (2023) A unified theory for defining elasmobranch aggregations. ICES Journal of Marine Science.

Sabal MC, Richerson K, Moran P, Levi T, Tuttle VJ, Banks M (2023) Warm oceans exacerbate Chinook salmon bycatch in the Pacific hake fishery driven by thermal and diel depth-use behaviors. Fish and Fisheries.

Torres LG, Brander SM, Parker JI, Bloom EM, Norman R, Van Brocklin JE, Lasdin KS, Hildebrand L (2023)  Zoop to poop: assessment of microparticle loads in gray whale zooplankton prey and fecal matter reveal high daily consumption rates. Frontiers Marine Science.

COMES Newsletter

Writer/Editor - Alison Storms

Layout and Content Compilation - Alison Storms

Other Contributors - OSU President’s Office, Beaver Research Champions, Taylor Chapple, Steven J. Dundas, the Oregon Coastal Futures team, Elizabeth Vargas Reports (News Nation), Cavuto Coast to Coast (Fox Business), The Today Show (NBC), Afternoon Live (KATU), Michelle Klampe and the OSU Newsroom, Harrison Tasoff, Santa Barbara Current, Alexandra McInturf, Susanne Brander, John Dickens, Ashley Lowe Mackenzie, KTVZ, KGW, KLCC, Oregon Capital Chronicle, The Spokesman Review, Nature World News, The Daily Science, Science, The Oregonian, KBND, Oregon Public Broadcasting, OSU's Science Pub, David Baker, Shelly Signs, and Chris Langdon.