Sarah Henkel
Associate Professor, Senior Research

In a broad sense, my research seeks to elucidate how global climate change and human activities affect marine species at the molecular, organism, and population level as well as affect community structure and ecosystem functioning. At the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center, I am investigating the ecological effects of wave energy development on benthic communities. Within this context, we explore two main issues: (1) how changing wave and currents will affect sediment distribution and associated communities and species, and (2) how the introduction of novel ‘habitat’ provided by wave capture devices and associated structures affects communities and species within an array of devices. We also are engaged in other research pertaining to human impacts on benthic systems. Recently we have concluded an investigation of potential bioaccumulation of metals and organic compounds from the Georgia Pacific paper mill outfall in benthic organisms. We also are investigating the success (in terms of providing ecosystem services such as habitat and sediment accumulation) of a replanted native eelgrass bed as compared to longer-standing reference beds.



Courses Taught

Bi 450 : Marine Biology