OSU's Big Fish Lab studies the critical roles sharks play in marine ecosystems.

Oct 26, 2023

Oregon State University – Cascades’ Science Pub series continues on Nov. 14 with “The Secret Lives of Sharks,” a talk that explores research underway in the Chapple Big Fish Lab at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Presenter Alexandra McInturf is a postdoctoral fellow in the Big Fish Lab and will share how she and her fellow researchers track and study sharks, including on the Oregon Coast, and some of the adventures they have experienced along the way. Researchers from the Big Fish Lab have been featured on the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and National Geographic’s Shark Fest programs.

The lab focuses on understanding the critical roles sharks play in maintaining vibrant marine ecosystems in Oregon and around the world. As part of this mission, researchers are initiating new scientific paradigms including developing technologies to study how sharks behave as mothers. Their hope is to  shift the narrative about sharks as mindless killers, and protect shark moms and shark babies from the assaults they face including climate change, urbanization of coastal areas and illegal harvesting.

The Science Pub will take place from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Charles McGrath Family Atrium in Edward J. Ray Hall at OSU-Cascades. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for networking and dining with the presentation to follow at 6 p.m.

Registration is required and on-campus parking is free. The event is $22 per person, which includes a light, pub-style, pre-lecture dinner by OSU-Cascades’ Edge Catering. The no-host bar will offer beer, wine, cider and soft drinks.

To register, visit OSUcascades.edu/event-registration. Space is limited to 100 attendees.

For accommodations for disabilities contact 541-322-3100 or events@osucascades.edu.

About OSU-Cascades:  Oregon State University’s campus in Bend brings higher education to Central Oregon, the fastest growing region in the state. Surrounded by mountains, forest and high desert, OSU-Cascades is a highly innovative campus of a top-tier land grant research university, offering small classes that accelerate faculty-student mentoring and experiential learning. Degree programs meet industry and economic needs in areas such as innovation and entrepreneurship, natural ecosystems, health and wellness, and arts and sciences, and prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges. OSU-Cascades is expanding to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students, building a 128-acre campus with net-zero goals.