Mojgan Rostaminia


What degree/track are you pursuing?

Environmental Science & Engineering in the Estuary & Ocean Systems track.

Who is (are) your advisors?

My advisor is António Baptista 

What is the focus of your research?

My research focuses on the interdisciplinary aspects of estuarine science, presenting the physical, biogeochemical and fisheries processes using in situ and data informed numerical modeling, thus allowing me to understand the complex set of interactions between estuarine physics and fisheries and their relationship to the economy of the region and it's challenges (i.e. Cascadia Subduction Zone and climate change). I track the response of salmon habitat to the contemporary variability and future changes of the system, including sea level changes and a large Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake in the Columbia River estuary.

How will your research benefit society?

My research addresses the regional problems and aid resource managers and other decision-makers in applying this knowledge and these techniques toward the improvement of sustainable ecosystems that provide diverse human and community benefits.

How have you taken advantage of/plan to take advantage of professional development opportunities through OHSU?

In the Institute of Environmental Health, I have been able to gain an interdisciplinary and hands-on research experience involving the application of estuarine physics to the ecosystem. Through my research program at OHSU, I have been involved in various research-sharing opportunities. In a collaborative project with NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, scientists at the University of Washington's School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, and Costal Margin Observation &Prediction, I aided in developing the Chinook salmon habitat indicator based on environmental characteristics for the Columbia River estuary. I have worked with NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center to determine how out-migrating juvenile salmon stocks, either threatened or endangered, are using the Columbia River estuary and plume as habitat. I have also worked on a collaborative project with the Portland office of the US Army Corps of Engineers, as well as state, federal and tribal agencies to study the impact of the Columbia River Channel Improvement Project on salmon habitat within the Columbia River estuary and tidal freshwater. My work has also contributed to a project with the US Geological Survey, the Portland office of the US Army Corps of Engineers, and state, federal and tribal agencies, to study the impact of dam operation changes under consideration as a part of the Columbia River Treaty Review. Those were the great opportunities for me as an IEH graduate student to work with USGS, Bonneville Power Administration, and U.S. Army Corps of engineering.

What do you plan to do with your degree?

I am interested in providing scientific and technical support for agencies and stakeholders needing to make environmentally sound management and policy decisions.