Newport, OR -

A ship operated by Oregon State University is continuing its research during the federal government shutdown thanks to funding from the university.

Geology professor John Nabelek is leading the two-week mission off the Oregon coast in a narrow window of favorable weather conditions. He told the Statesman Journal if they couldn't do the work now, it would have to be postponed.

The ship Oceanus was loaded with supplies and seismic detectors at the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Newport where ships run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration remain at the dock without funding.

The vice president of research at OSU, Rick Spinrad, says it's spending money on the assumption it will be paid back later. Last year, OSU received $53 million from the National Science Foundation.