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Rosie Gradoville
(503) 683-7876

Employee since: 2022

Supervisory Oceanographer/ CMOP Observatory Lead

Watershed Department
Portland Main Office


I am a biogeochemical oceanographer working within CRITFC’s Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction (CMOP) program, where I help lead the observational time-series component. Time-series programs are essential for understanding our changing oceans and protecting the organisms and coastal communities that depend upon them. I am thrilled to support CMOP’s biogeochemical time-series in the Columbia River Estuary and the CRITFC mission to protect local salmon species.

My oceanography career began as a graduate student at Oregon State University, where I led research projects on nitrogen fixation, ocean acidification, marine microbiomes, and oyster pathogens. After completing my Ph.D., I worked for five years as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where I studied the ecology of nitrogen-fixing microorganisms in the North Pacific. My previous research has primarily been field-based: I’ve spent over 100 days at sea and dozens of days sampling Oregon estuaries.

I grew up in Olympia, Washington, and am happy to be back living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Outside of work, I enjoy running in forests, surfing small waves, and spending time with friends, family, and dogs.


  • Ph.D., Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry, 2017. College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
  • M.S., Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry, 2013. College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University
  • B.S., Biology, 2010. Barnard College, Columbia University

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