Oregon Coast Aquatic and Marine Science Partnership

Colloquia #1 October 24, 2009 Pacific Salmon Ecology, Inquiry and Best Practice Field Experiences

Our first colloquia focuses on estuarine and marine ecology of Pacific salmon, and the factors that affect their survival. Dr. Laurie Weitkamp of NOAA, also focused on the bioenergetics of introduced salmon populations, factors effecting salmon during the estuarine-marine transition, and Pacific salmon life history and diversity. Sean Nolan, of the Aquarium, worked with teachers to learn how to conduct ethograms with students. Dr. Selina Heppell, OSU, helped us understand how populations respond to human impacts and how these animals will respond to climate change and increasing human populations on our coastlines, and in finding ways to protect species and habitats while supporting local fisheries. Co-PI Dr. Shawn Rowe, OSU/Sea Grant, shared research-based best practices for field experiences. Jeremy Monroe, of Freshwaters Illustrated and RiverWebs, taught us videography techniques to use to document student learning experiences in class and in the field.