Facilities in the Broader Community
The Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) is a research and teaching facility located in Newport, Oregon on the Yaquina Bay estuary. HMSC plays an integral role in programs of marine and estuarine research and instruction at OSU, as a laboratory facility serving resident scientists, as a base for far-ranging oceanographic studies, and as a classroom for graduate and undergraduate students. The HMSC offers several courses in the marine sciences and related subjects.
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology is the University of Oregon's marine laboratory, and is located in the fishing village of Charleston. OIMB offers numerous courses in the fall, spring and summer terms which are geared toward upper class and graduate majors in biology, general science, and environmental studies. Students must be registered with the University of Oregon, but a guest or exchange student status can be arranged for students from PSU who wish to attend OIMB for a term. Visiting researchers are welcome at OIMB where they will find well-equipped facilities and a new library to support their research. OIMB is located at the mouth of Coos Bay with high energy sandy beaches to the north, rocky intertidal benches to the south and the Coos Bay Estuary including the Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve to the east.
Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) is a large university hospital whose principal mission is to educate the next generation of dentists, nurses, physicians, allied health professionals, and biomedical scientists. This university, which is located approx. 2 miles from PSU, has numerous basic science departments and research institutes (including the Oregon National Primate Research Center) which afford our faculty and graduate students with opportunities for research collaborations, and potential access to valuable scientific equipment. Several of our faculty members have active research collaborations with scientists at OHSU, or have joint appointments. OHSU has extensive library holdings, and a multitude of seminar offerings provide ample opportunity to increase one's knowledge in various aspects of biology or biomedical science.
Malheur Field Station is an environmental education and research center located in the Great Basin of southeastern Oregon which is dedicated to the concept that learning is a lifelong process. The field station is available for informal visitation and organized trips from schools, and offers accredited college courses, non-accredited courses and workshops. Academic programs are offered by representatives of a member based consortium of 18 northwest colleges, universities, and educational institutions. PSU is a member of this consortium, and utilizes the field station as part of the curriculum of several courses. The field station has dormitories, a large dining hall, a small library, conference and laboratory space for visiting researchers, and recreational buildings.
The Malheur Field Station is located 32 miles south of Burns, Oregon, at an elevation of about 4,200 feet. The climate is characteristic of this high desert country, negligible rainfall and usually, warm, dry days in the summer and very cold dry days during the winter months. The Station is situated on the western edge of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the oldest and one of the largest refuges in the United States. The Refuge covers nearly 181,000 acres. It includes lakes, marshes, hot springs, extensive stands of submerged and emergent vegetation, and sagebrush and juniper uplands traversed by miles of rimrock. Malheur Lake, one of the nation's largest inland marshes, covering about 50,000 acres is within five miles of the Station. Steens Mountain, a large fault block which rises 9,700 feet, and lies along the southeastern boundary of the Refuge. Due primarily to this diversity of habitats, a total of 280 species of birds and 51 species of mammals have been recorded. The remarkable assemblage of birds at Malheur attracts visitors from all parts of the world.
The Oregon Zoo, located only a few miles from PSU's campus, is 64 acres, and has 1,029 animals representing 200 species. The Oregon Zoo has been a leader for many years in scientific research studies focused on ensuring the long-term survival of endangered species. Zoo staffers often carry out their own work, collaborate with scientists at academic or research institutions including PSU, and are part of national or international projects involving specific endangered animals that reside at the zoo. The zoo is presently engaged in nearly two dozen different scientific studies affecting its inhabitants. Most of them focus on determining how an animal's captive environment will lead to its optimal well-being and successful reproduction. Several researchers at the Oregon Zoo are adjunct faculty in the Dept. of Organismal Biology. As adjunct faculty members in our Dept., they participate in graduate and undergraduate teaching, and supervise graduate student research done in affiliation between the Dept. of Organismal Biology and the Oregon Zoo.
Undergraduate and graduate students can participate in Northwest Marine Mammal Stranding Network activities for the northern Oregon and southern Washington coasts. The stranding network for this region is coordinated by Dr. Debbie Duffield and activities include: investigation of strandings; necropsies for determination of cause of death for whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions; retrieval of specimens; and preparation of skeletons for the Vertebrate Biology Museum.