Ask the Scientist


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How do scientists go from OMG to PhD? How do they turn their passion for science into their profession? What advice do they have for future scientists?

If you are a 5th-12th grade student, undergraduate, teacher or parent, join us to ask these questions and more in a Q&A session with our weekly Seminar speakers on Wednesdays from 2:30 - 3 PM.

Parents must give permission for children under 18 to participate. 

Register to attend here.

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September 15 | Dr. Ana Spalding

Dr. Spalding is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University’s School of Public Policy; and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Coiba Research Station in Panama. Her research encompasses the human dimension of the marine environment, including policy analysis and science-to-policy pathways in the context of climate change adaptation strategies by resource-dependent communities along the U.S. West Coast, social outcomes and enabling conditions of marine protected areas, and equity in ocean governance. Dr. Spalding also has an extensive research network in Panama, where she co-leads a team studying the human dimension of plastic waste.