CHM Event

First Tuesday Talks – History of the Green Crab Invasion of Coos Bay

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Coos History Museum, Sprague Gallery


Number Available: 90

Bookings are closed for this date and time.

History of the Green Crab Invasion of Coos Bay with Dr. Shon Schooler.

The October 4th First Tuesday Talk will take place from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM both in person at the CHM and online via Zoom. Doors to the museum will open from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM for visitors to view the exhibits and visit the museum store if desired.

*Registration is offered both in person at the museum and online through this event page. Online registration will close on October 4th at 3:00 PM so please register at your earliest convenience. If you miss the registration window, you may register and purchase tickets at the door, but please check our website or call the museum to ensure spaces are still available.

  • Please register individually.
  • CHM Member: Whether participating online or in person, if you are a current CHM member, this program is free to you and you may enter the coupon code “FTTmember” for your free price.
  • Non-Member In-Person: If you are a non-member joining us in person, the price is $7.
  • Non-Member Online: If you are a non-member joining us online, the cost is $5 and you may enter the coupon code “FTTonline” for the online price.

Dr. Shon Schooler grew up on a small farm near Marathon City, Wisconsin. He received his B.S. at University of Wisconsin-Madison and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Oregon State University. He then spent 8 years as a scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Brisbane, Australia and 7 years as the Research Coordinator at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve in Superior, Wisconsin. Dr. Schooler is currently the Lead Scientist at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (SSNERR) in Charleston, Oregon. His task is to conduct and facilitate research that provides high quality information for improving the management of aquatic resources. Dr. Schooler also mentors graduate and undergraduate students, provides technical advice on numerous local, regional, and national committees, and integrates the Research Program with the SSNERR’s Education, Stewardship, and Coastal Training Programs. Dr. Schooler has extensive experience in invasive species and aquatic and estuarine ecology. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed research papers and given over 100 scientific presentations on these topics.

In this talk Dr. Shon Schooler will describe the history and impacts of the invasive crab species, the European green crab (Carcinus maenas). The green crab was accidentally transported around the world during the last century and has colonized many temperate coastlines. It is an aggressive invader that has the potential to negatively impact native species, important estuarine and marine fish nursery habitats, and fisheries. The green crab is currently invading the west coast of North America. Green crabs became established in the San Francisco estuary prior to 1989. Since then, coastal currents have been seeding green crab larvae into estuaries of the Pacific Northwest, including Coos Bay. Dr. Schooler and colleague Dr. Sylvia Yamada (OSU) have been monitoring populations of green crabs in Coos Bay for over 20 years. He will discuss trend in population growth and describe potential impacts as the green crab population increases.

*Membership status and attendance in person/online will be verified. Once you have completed registration you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link. If attending in person, face masks are welcome but not required.

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