Marine Conservation Science and Policy

Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon

This course will not be offered in 2009

Course Description

Pass/No Pass; 3 Credits

This course will introduce students to the science-policy interface as it affects ocean policies at the national and state levels. We will focus on the role of science in the formulation and execution of marine policy under the theme Impacts and Adaptations to Ocean Changes. Through lectures, discussions, group projects, and role-playing exercises, students will learn how policy is made, what the role of science is in that process and how scientific information can be used most effectively. The course will emphasize current topics in marine policy, including the consequences to ocean ecosystems of two categories of change: increased CO2 (climate change and ocean acidification) and fishing. Discussions will cover marine reserves, catch shares, hypoxia, ocean acidification and adaptive management. Each topic will be examined in terms of current scientific understanding, and the policy aspects and implications of the topic. By focusing on the science underpinning the issues, students will have the opportunity to learn about the science-policy interface. In addition, students will learn how science is communicated most effectively to policy-makers. Students will have opportunities to interact directly with policy-makers and others involved in the policy-making process.

Course Structure

The course will be an intensive, 10-day residential format, with sessions all day and several evenings. Students will live in apartments (with full kitchen facilities) at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR. Some meals will be shared; most will be the students' responsibility.

2007 Course Instructors

Dr. Jane Lubchenco (Oregon State University),
Dr. Steve Gaines (University of California at Santa Barbara),
Mr. David Festa (Director of Ocean Program for Environmental Defense),
Dr. Andrew Rosenberg (University of New Hampshire);
plus additional guest lectures.

Logistics and Financial Support

Course costs: Summer session tuition: $1035 for 3 credits; $25 fee for visiting students and most meals for 10 days. The course will cover the costs of lodging for every student and some meals. This course is supported by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


Students must be registered in or recent graduates of a graduate program in ocean sciences or marine conservation. Preference will be given to PhD candidates. There are no formal course prerequisites for this course. Consent of the instructors is required: instructors will review all applications and select up to 24 students for the course, based on their applications, experiences and aspirations.

Application Procedures

To apply, send

  1. A curriculum vitae with statement of research interests, and
  2. A short essay explaining your reason for wanting to participate in the course.

Announcements of acceptance will be made by early May. Accepted students will then enroll in OSU's Summer Session:

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