2016 Program


Communicating the coast through art and science

2016 Keynote Michael Bendixen

Join us on a journey behind the scenes of the beloved Oregon Field Guide with Videographer/Editor, Michael Bendixen. In his work for OPB and Oregon Field guide, Michael has worked on many stories that take place at the Oregon Coast. We will follow this Emmy award-winning artist into the field, under the water, in the editing suite, and into production as he shares what it takes to learn about the science before he crafts a story or does the video work that ultimately informs and engages people with special places and the issues they face.

Michael studied journalism and science at the University of Oregon and the University of Hawaii. He’s an avid outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about shooting in inclement weather, hanging off rock walls, or deep underwater. He has spent his career focusing on communicating science through art and will share his experiences and tips for how to make a story work.


8:00 amRegistration, coffee, snacks

9:00 am – Welcome

  • Shelby Walker, Oregon Sea Grant
  • David Gomberg, OR House District 10
  • Terry Thompson, Lincoln County Commissioner

9:15-10:00 am – Keynote: On Assignment with Oregon Field GuideMichael Bendixen, Oregon Public Broadcasting

10:00-10:20 am – Break, snacks

10:20-11:40 am – Coastal Updates/Snapshots

  1. Blue Carbon: What is it and what we’re learning about it – Craig Cornu, Institute for Applied Ecology
  2. The next big wave in Oregon: Ocean Energy Testing? – Dan Hellin, Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center
  3. Year of the kraken: Market squid fishery in Oregon 2016 – Laura Anderson, Local Ocean & Caren Braby, OR Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
  4. Initiatives and Legislative Updates – Shelby Walker, Oregon Sea Grant
  5. Oregon’s Waves: Both Beauty and Beast – Tuba Ozkan-Haller, Oregon State University
  6. Oregon’s Beach Bill Turns 50! – Laurel Hillmann, OR Parks and Recreation Dept. & Marcus Hinz, Oregon Coast Visitors Association
  7. The Blob, El Nino, and Oregon’s Marine Environment – Ric Brodeur, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  8. OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative – Bob Cowen, Oregon State University

11:40-12:30 pm – Student Poster Session and Student Art Exhibit

12:30-1:15 pm – Lunch and networking

1:30- 2:30 pm – Concurrent Breakout Session 1

  1. Ocean’s Chemical Changes: Understanding Harmful Algal Blooms
    • Understandings and misunderstandings about HABs – Angel White, Oregon State University
    • Monitoring HABs– Steve Rumrill, OR Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
    • Measuring marine biotoxins and public health implications of HABs – Alex Manderson, OR Dept. of Agriculture
  1. Planning for the Growing Use of the Coast
    • Lincoln City’s “String of Pearls” approach – Alison Robertson, Lincoln City Urban Renewal
    • Spreading the use out across seasons –Marcus Hinz, Oregon Coast Visitors Association
    • Crafting a master plan for Oregon’s parks in Lincoln County – Ian Matthews, OR Parks and Recreation Dept.
    • Moderator, Matt Spangler, Dept. of Land Conservation and Development
  1. Addressing the abstract through the lens of art and science – Amanda Salov and Kyle Asfahl
    • A peek into the research of an artist and a scientist, connections they have found, and their shared influence of the ocean. Presentations and discussions will include ceramic installation art, porcelain constructions, social evolution, and cell-cell signaling in microorganisms. Please bring your curiosity.
  1. Ocean Food – Boat to Throat (cooking demos)  
    • This session you will get up close and personal with Oregon seafood. Participants will learn how to select seafood (quality and price points), with advice from Laura Anderson of Local Ocean, and Chef Doug Kohn will demonstrate cooking different kinds of local seafood with simple ingredients you have at home.

3:00-4:00 pm – Concurrent Breakout Session 2

  1. Coastal Development in an Era of Sea Level Rise
    • Where are the appropriate locations to “grow” in coastal communities? Which assets can stay put, and which areas should we avoid? Sea Level Rise is not necessarily incorporated into other hazard plans in Oregon’s coastal communities despite all indication that this is something we need to plan for. Meg Gardner and Julie Sepanik, Dept. of Land Conservation and Development, and Fran Recht, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, will engage participants in a dialogue about the potential impacts of SLR to Oregon’s coastal communities. Andy Lanier, Dept. of Land Conservation and Development, will moderate the panel.
  1. Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services Session
    • Elise Granek and Amy Ehrhart, Portland State University, will lead an interactive discussion about coastal ecosystem services research, data needs, and networking among researchers, citizen scientists and coastal and marine decision makers. The goal of this session is to facilitate collaboration and initiate a long-term network for individuals to engage in future collaboration.
  1. Monitoring Ocean Change: Local to Global Scale
    • Six “stations” will be set up around the room, allowing participants to “explore” the myriad of places and ways scientists and engaged citizens are monitoring changes in the marine environment.
      • Station 1: Local, estuarine: Bree Yednock, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
      • Station 2: Local, coastal waters: Lisa Phipps, Tillamook Estuaries Partnership
      • Station 3: Statewide Coastal waters: Silke Bachuber and Heather Fulton-Bennett, Oregon State University
      • Station 4: Statewide, Regional waters:  Scott Marion, OR. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
      • Station 5: National Ocean Observing Systems: Craig Risien, Oregon State University;
      • Station 6: Global ocean change: Caren Braby, OR Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
  1. Our Future Marine Professionals 
    • The coast, like many rural places, is experiencing youth outmigration, small and underfunded education districts, and changes to existing and new industries. Tracy Crews and Renee O’Neill, Oregon State University, and a panel of local teachers and high school students will discuss the role of students, teachers, programs, workforce development, and innovative approaches to engage youth in marine science, industry, and issues in their communities.

4:15-5:00 pm – Reception and Student Poster Awards and Artist Recognition