PISCO has developed a successful model of outreach for the important issue of hypoxia in the Pacific Northwest. At the OSU campus, scientific collaboration meetings are held twice a year, to engage regional scientists and managers in a forum where emerging issues and scientific needs can be discussed. In the spring, the focus of the meeting is planning for the field season and finding areas of collaboration; in the fall, the meeting focuses on sharing results and new directions.
These meetings have created a number of successful collaborations and partners and help to ensure that the science is focused and responsive to policy and management needs for information.
Information about these meetings is available at www.orcoos.org.
The MI_LOCO project is the result of a collaboration formed at the hypoxia meetings. Established in 2008 with funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, MI_LOCO studies the upwelling and microbial community structure off the coasts of Chile and Oregon. Both regions share a similar upwelling pattern and have increased occurences of hypoxia.
This study is a collaboration between Oregon State University and Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile. Within OSU, the interdisciplinary team includes faculty from the College of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (R. Letelier, J. Barth, A. Mix), Dept of Microbiology (S.Giovannoni), and Dept of Zoology (F. Chan). Major research includes: biogeochemistry and microbial metabolic activity, microbial diversity, oceanography using moorings and gliders, cruise-based chemistry and physics, and paleoceanography.
This unique collaborative and inter-hemispheric study 1) compares the marine microbial assemblages associated with the seasonal hypoxia observed on the continental shelf off Concepción, Chile, and Oregon, USA, and 2) assesses potential use of paleoceanographic approaches to characterize the interannual and long-term variability in local oceanographic physical, chemical, and biological conditions driving the development of these hypoxic coastal environments.