OSU Marine & Geology Repository Grand Opening (January 2020)
Spoke with Oregon community members about Oregon salt marshes ecosystem services and vulnerability to sea level rise and landscape alteration
Sitka Sedge Technical Team Meeting (October 2019)
As an expert scientist, spoke with the Sitka Sedge Technical Team and members of the Tierra Del Mar community about restoration options for a faulty tide gate in the southern portion of Sand Lake Estuary
Outreach as an Oregon Sea Grant Robert E. Malouf Marine Scholar
I applied for the Oregon Sea Grant Robert E. Malouf Marine Scholarship with the goal of developing hands-on demonstrations at OSU’s Marine Geology Repository utilizing sediment cores that teach students about Oregon’s estuaries. The study of estuaries provides abundant opportunities for students to learn about complex ecological and societal topics because they sit at the land and sea boundary; are influenced by ecology, biogeochemistry, and hydrology; provide ecosystem services that are utilized by local and global communities; and can be threatened by changing climate and anthropogenic activities.
Target audiences: K-12 students and teachers, as well as community members
Enduring knowledge growth: I intend for learners to have an enduring understanding of estuarine habitats so they can rationally use and advocate for conservation of coastal resources.
Learning objectives: students will be able to (1) describe how sediment cores are collected in marine environments and how these samples are stored and processed at the MGR, (2) discuss the unique features of Oregon’s estuaries, the services they provide, and the threats they face, (3) visually analyze salt marsh stratigraphy, (4) compare sediment cores with differing anthropogenic histories (e.g., of sea level rise, timber harvest, diking), and (5) identify tsunami sand layers and place them within the context of Cascadia seismic history.
Corvallis da Vinci Days (July 2019)
Designed and delivered a booth with the goal of communicating to Corvallis community members how Oregon’s salt marshes record the history of Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquakes and tsunami
OSU’s SMILE Spring Challenge Event (April 2019)
Designed and implemented a series of hands-on learning activities for K-12 students organized by OSU’s Science & Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) program. SMILE seeks to provide underrepresented Oregon K-12 students with pathway programs to degrees and careers in STEM. My activities guided ~60 high school students, ~100 elementary school students, and ~25 K-12 teachers in the SMILE program through an activity investigating organic carbon burial in salt marsh cores at the OSU Marine Geology Repository.
Hatfield Marine Science Day (April 2019)
Designed and delivered a booth with the goal of communicating to Oregon coastal community members how Oregon’s salt marshes record the history of Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquakes and tsunami