MSI Virtual Event - Heceta Bank

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Join the Marine Studies Initiative and take a look at research, scholarship and community collaborations that help shape our marine habitats

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Heceta Bank

We invite you to join us on Thursday, August 13th at 6:00 PM for a special virtual screening and panel brought to the South-Central Oregon Coast and beyond.

This evening event will feature a screening of Oregon State Productions’ “Heceta Bank: Oregon’s Hidden Wonder” followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

About: Hidden below the surface, 35 miles offshore from Cape Perpetua, there is a submerged feature that has a huge impact on Oregon’s coastal habitats. This is a story of one of the least known but most important natural features on the West Coast.

Oregon's Hidden Wonder

The little-known Heceta Bank is one of the most productive areas on the Oregon coast and a hotspot for biological productivity due to its position and the influence of northern coastal currents in summers.

Join OSU marine scientists and other experts to screen a new, short documentary featuring the submerged bank, located 35 miles off the Oregon coast, and learn about the surprising and beneficial impacts it has on our state’s coastal environments.


  • Jack Barth: Executive Director, Marine Studies Initiative; Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences-Oregon State University. Jack Barth is the Executive Director of Oregon State University’s Marine Studies Initiative. He is also a Professor of oceanography in Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS). Jack’s research seeks to understand how coastal ocean circulation and water properties shape and influence coastal marine ecosystems. He has led a number of research, technology development and ocean observing system projects off Oregon and around the world.
  • Bill Pearcy, Professor Emeritus, College of Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University. During his time at OSU, Dr. Pearcy studied ocean ecology and fishes. In 1960, He became one of the first faculty members in the Department of Oceanography and is considered a world-renowned authority on many aspects of biological oceanography.
  • David Baker, Director Oregon State Productions-Oregon State University. David’s work at Oregon State Productions aims to advance the university’s land-grant mission, and he enjoys telling the stories of students and scientists at OSU. He also teaches a documentary film studies course.
  • Selina Heppell, Head of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University. Dr. Heppell is interested in finding ways to protect marine species and habitats while also supporting fisheries and regularly serves on advisory teams for marine conservation projects.
  • Aaron Galloway, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Coastal Benthic Ecologist - Assistant Professor. Dr. Gallaway is an aquatic ecologist primarily interested in the fate and importance of different sources of primary productivity in lakes, estuaries, and the ocean. His research questions are currently focused on the role of seaweeds and detritus as a subsidizing energy source for subtidal food webs, the effects of coastal ocean acidification of juvenile Dungeness crabs, urchin and isopod trophic ecology, and how host/parasite relationships affect trophic relationships.
  • Kendall Smith, Recreational Scallop Fishery Manager and Shellfish Sampler and Data Tech, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Kendall Smith has worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for over two years as a data technician, shellfish sampler and researcher on various commercial and recreational shellfish fisheries. She attended OIMB for an undergraduate marine biology degree and will be continuing in fall 2020 as a master’s student in Aaron Galloway’s lab. Smith’s project is a collaboration with ODFW to develop a Fishery Management Plan for the recreational Red Abalone fishery, as well as addressing the ecological concerns of Oregon’s subtidal ecosystem in relation to the sea urchin and abalone fisheries in Oregon.

Event begins at 6:00 PM. Main presentation concludes at 7:00 PM; 15 minutes Q&A to close the program.

Event brought to you by Oregon State University's Marine Studies Initiative, Oregon State Productions, and OSU-Cascades.

Production by Connect Central Oregon, a collaborative program with the OSU-Cascades Innovation Co-Lab.

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