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Memories of Hatfield Marine Science Center

A series of interview vignettes conducted by Mike Dicianna.

April 12, 2015


“'Being Here Changed My Life': Appreciations of HMSC”  April 12, 2015  Location: Guin Library, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon.  Watch Video | Download Transcript (PDF)

The Anja Robinson interview focuses on Robinson's work to develop a hatchery program for oysters and clams. She also speaks of the center's facilities during its early years, various faculty members who have worked at HMSC, and collaborations with the Lincoln County Extension Service.

The John Markham interview likewise focuses on Markham's research on biological oceanography, and makes mention of early facilities at the center. Markham also discusses conducting experiments on the Yaquina research vessel, and his return to Newport in 1983 to work as a student teacher, a time period during which he lived at the HMSC student dormitory.

In his interview, Range Bayer speaks primarily of his association with the HMSC library, initially as a student worker and later as a custodian. In this, he reflects on the impact made by Marilyn Potts Guin, HMSC's first professional librarian, noting in particular her forward-thinking vision for the role of computers within libraries.

Warren Hanson's session touches upon the center's early facilities and research vessels, as well as his graduate work with redtail surfperch. He also shares his memories of the center's expansion on the Newport bay front and provides a brief overview of his academic career at Whittier College.