Science and Memory Oregon - Justin Hartney

Science and Memory Oregon Coast

 In recent years 95% of starfish disappeared from the ocean from sea star wasting syndrome. The numbers have been restored to a healthy amount, but scientists are unsure of their future. 

Keystone species support the rest of their ecosystem and indicate the broader health of the planet. When a keystone species collapses, the rest fall like dominoes. My photography and timelapses were to help illustrate the narrative of our ocean and climate change.

12 Hour Tide Timelapse

Tidepool Gallery

  • On the Oregon Coast, sea levels are rising 1” every 15 years drastically changing the coast line.

  • The organisms of tide pools act as a single unit, providing nutrients to each other and living in harmony.

  • Ochre sea star are a keystone species. If starfish were removed from an ecosystem, no other species could replace its role.

  • Brown Algae soak up sunlight and nourish surrounding species.

  • Waves bring in nutrients from the ocean to the tide pools.

  • Gooseneck Barnacles feed on plankton by extending their feathers when waves crash.

  • Seaweed and anemone are some of the most common organisms in a tide pool. A cloudy day on the Oregon Coast does not mean a lack of color under water.

  • Most of the organisms rely on water to move around.

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