Thursday, May 17, second entry – Hatfield Marine Science Center.
Florida Tech Biological Oceanography was pleasantly surprised to find that the Hatfield Marine Science Center of OSU offered a considerable amount of beautiful displays intended for public education – and for free!
We checked out their octopus (not as good as our octopus!) and other exhibits. We met up with two old friends, one from Florida and one from Oregon. Melissa is a graduate from the Biological Oceanography program at Florida Tech.
Stephen S. Rumrill, Ph.D. was the Research Director for South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and is now a regional Director for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Rumrill graciously set aside some time to meet with the Florida Tech Biological Oceanography students and tell us about the many programs at ODFW and his native oyster restoration project. The students had a lot of questions for him and they learned a lot about the state and federal agencies which are major players on the Oregon Coast, and in some cases around the coastal U.S. This was especially nice for the Florida Tech seniors, who are going to be looking for employment in the field of oceanography soon. What a great place!