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Our Global Estuary


Graduate student Jesse Lopez is with a team of CMOP scientists in Florida working on a global estuary initiative. Our Global Estuary is a response to the urgent need to anticipate and manage changes in estuaries — locally critical ecosystems whose aggregate services are essential for regional and global sustainability. Learn more about Our Global Estuary at

Graduate Student Produces CMOP Video

Graduate student Mojgan Rostaminia created this video about the Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction for the 2013 NSF Science and Technology Centers Directors Meeting.

New Home on The Hill


The CMOP team at OHSU has moved to our new home on the Marquam Hill Campus in the Hatfield Research Center, 3rd floor.  The address is 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, Oregon. We also have new phone numbers. The main office is 503-346-3419 and the fax is 503-346-3427.

Get directions and parking information to our new location →

CMOP on the Move

CMOP Move Graphic

The CMOP team at Oregon Health & Science University is moving next month! We wanted to give you a heads up that we are relocating to the OHSU Marquam Hill by the end of October. That is only 36 days away! The majority of our group will be in the Hatfield Research Center. Find out how to get there.

Little Critters with a Big Impact

Tawnya Peterson

Tawnya Peterson

Have you ever driven over the Astoria-Megler bridge between August and October and seen spectacular swaths of red water in the Columbia River estuary and wondered what was responsible?

Tawnya Peterson, Ph.D., an assistant professor at OHSU Institute of Environmental Health and scientist with the Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction, will discuss this unusual bloom-forming organism and how in-situ sensor technologies are being used to track the blooms in near real time. at the upcoming Oregon Association of Environmental Professionals Forum on September 19, 2013 at 6:30pm.

They're Back!

The 2013 Undergraduate Interns are here and ready for a summer of science! They come from colleges around the U.S. including Heritage University, Auburn University, Texas Tech University, Williams College, Washington State University, Lewis and Clark College, Oregon State University, Pacific University, and Portland State University. (Looks like in all the excitement that Rachel Tullsen, in pink top, and Maria Nunez, in black top, got their faces hidden.) See individual photos of each intern and learn more about their research projects

Mouth of the Columbia River Experiment

CMOP completed a week of support for the "Mouth of the Columbia River Experiment" funded by the Office of Naval Research. The SATURN collaboratory provided scientists with daily forecasts and real-time data from sensors at several observation stations in the estuary. Craig McNeil and his team from APL-UW conducted studies with an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV).

McNeil's team sent the AUV through the mouth of the Columbia River on several ebb tides to study currents and mixing, identify oceanographic features (liftoff point, internal waves, eddies/rolls/boils), and suspended sediment distributions. I went out with the them to capture the action as the AUV was retrieved from Columbia River Bar. Not the easiest task to perform on the ocean. The video is to let you experience how intense it can get retrieving a hugely expensive piece of scientific gear.

Want to know more about about AUVs? Read an article I wrote titled Underwater Robotics Succeed In Unlikely Place

CMOP Students Awarded Best Poster Presentations at OHSU Research Week

OHSU Research Week

Congratulations to Michelle Maier and Rachel Golda from CMOP on their awards for Best Poster Presentations at OHSU's Research Week 2013.

Michelle is a Ph.D. student studying environmental science in the lab of Dr. Tawnya Peterson. She presented her research into quantifying the contribution of zoosporic fungi to the aquatic food web.

Rachel is a Ph.D. student studying environmental science in the lab of Dr. Joe Needoba. The poster featured her work on elucidating the role of ocean acidification estuarine plankton bloom phenology.

View list of OHSU Researh Week winners

The 2013 OHSU Distinguished Faculty Award goes to ...

AntionoWe just got word that António Baptista has received the 2013 OHSU Distinguished Faculty Award in the the category of Outstanding Leadership. This award recognizes a faculty member "who leads by example and demonstrates substantial contributions towards achieving the missions of the university".

For those of you who might not know António Baptista, he is a faculty member in the Institute of Environmental Health at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He holds an appointment as a professor in the Division Environmental and Biomolecular Systems program, of which he was the founding chairman. In July 2006, he became the Director of the Science and Technology Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction.

Scenes from OHSU Research Week

Several CMOP graduate students presented their research findings during the Monday poster session at OHSU's Research Week.

Krissy presents at OHSU poster session
Krissy Remple, far right, is one of the first students you met when walking into the poster session.


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