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My Life Aquatic

My Life Aquatic

This is my last blog for CMOP because my six years with the center is coming to an end. It has been the best communications job I've had so far in my career. I was lucky enough to write about some terrific research. Go on cruises and get seasick only once. Learn how to operate a CTD. Photograph CMOP members at their best. Care for the website to keep it looking professional and user friendly. And play a small part in supporting research and education. Thanks to all of you that made it so memorable. It was my life aquatic and one heck of a ride. 

The Joy of Commencement

Suzanne DeLorenzo

I want to give a big shout out to Suzanne DeLorenzo who graduated this week with her Doctor of Philosophy from OHSU. She has been a student with CMOP from almost the beginning and may have been on more research cruises than any other person with the center. I was lucky enough to be on one of those cruises back in 2008. See if you can spot her in the Sailing on the Wecoma video.

Check out Suzanne's publications on Research Gate →

ESP Workshop

ESP Workshop

Our own Dr. Holly Simon is leading a users workshop today on a robotic laboratory called an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP). Experts from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and CMOP are presenting and discussing topics ranging from deployment preparation, adaptive sampling, protocols, technology and partnerships.

Learn more about how we use an ESP for adaptive sampling. →

Forging Links in the Columbia River Estuary

CREW 2014

CMOP's director will be presenting at The Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership's three day workshop at the Liberty Theater in Astoria, Oregon from May 28-30. The Columbia River Estuary Workshop brings together people with interest of the lower Columbia River and estuary, plume, and nearshore ocean to highlight new findings and perspectives from species recovery, restoration, research and monitoring and resulting implications

Antonio Baptista is scheduled to present during the morning session on May 28. His talk is titled "Fast prediction of river influences on the Columbia River estuary and plume, and implications for policy, adaptive management and operation." CMOP scientist Joseph Needoba is the moderator of the first session that will cover topics on the Columbia River Basin/Estuary Issues.

I saw it on TV

LobbyHave you stopped by our new offices and labs lately?

CMOP headquarters are now located on the Oregon Health & Science University Main Campus in Portland. We are on the 3rd floor of the Hatfield Research Center. I created this multimedia presentation that plays in our lobby on a large flat screen TV and update it weekly with new information.


Future of Our Salmon tickets

Future of Our Salmon

The Future of Our Salmon 2014 conference is April 23-24 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.  The conference is co-hosted by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, with CMOP as a sponsor. The conferences goal is to facilitate dialogue between the co-managers of the resource and a broad range of other interested parties in an ongoing quest for a unified vision of salmon restoration in the Columbia River Basin.

Amy Johnson reports that because of CMOP’s sponsorship we have 4 complimentary registrations.  If you are interested in attending the conference, send her an email at by 12 noon on Thursday, April 17.

Read details about the Future of our Salmon Conference →

CMOP director to present at American Indian/Alaska Native Health Lecture Series

Event FlyerCMOP director António Baptista, Ph.D. will be presenting today at the American Indian/Alaska Native Health Lecture Series. The title of his talk is Of Salmon and People, of Environment and Health and will start at 12:00pm in the OHSU University Hospital South, Room 8B60.

He will discuss how estuaries are critical ecosystems whose aggregate services–from filtering pollutants to production of natural resources—are essential for sustainable development at local-to-global scales. Climate change and growing local pressures are changing estuaries, often diminishing their effectiveness as individual and global filters and producers. What happens in China, India, Russia, and Australia will affect the United States and vice versa. At stake is the health of land-ocean ecosystems, but also the health and quality of life of tribal and non-tribal people in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

His talk offers a vision for a future where objective estuarine science informs sustainability decisions and preventive medicine, locally and globally.


Effects of Invasive Snails on Estuary

Seitz Poster

Kiley Seitz, an OHSU graduate student, gave us a sneak preview of the research poster she is presenting today at the OHSU Institute of Environmental Health research symposium. In the lateral bays of the Columbia Rivestuary lives an invasive snail, Potamopyrgus antipodarum. Elsewhere this snail is known to produces high ammonium concentrations, which can be disruptive to the ecosystem. Seitz will discuss her research to better understand the effect of P. antipodarum on the Columbia River estuarine nitrogen cycle and its relationship with ammonia oxidizing archaea.

Details about the research symposium are at

Video: Needoba in Antarctica

Earlier this year, CMOP scientist Joseph Needoba taught a course on marine phytoplankton in Antarctica with the Students on Ice Expedition. We spotted him in the video below on a Zodiac excursion to check out a huge iceberg in the Bransfield Strait. Look for Joe at the 2:55 minute point in the video.

Ocean Science First. Hawaiian Shirt Optional.

Pete Kahn at OSM2014

OHSU graduate student Pete Kahn traveled to Hawaii last week to present his research findings at the Ocean Sciences Meeting. He gave a poster presentation titled "Ecology And Genetic Analysis Of Katablepharis Cre, A Heterotrophic Flagellate That ‘Blooms’ In The Columbia River Estuary During The Spring."  Several other CMOP scientists presented at the conference. Read more about the research presented →

Photo by Nievita Bueno Watts


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