about the

Ocean ecology lab

The Ocean Ecology Lab is part of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. We’re based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon.

Science for Management & COnservation

At the Ocean Ecology Lab, we use science to support the management and conservation of marine species and ecosystems. Our three core areas of interest are animal movement, trophic ecology, and population dynamics. We use this information to identify where and when threatened, protected, and harvested species overlap with anthropogenic stressors, and to understand what the consequences of human impacts and management actions will be on the health and persistence of their populations.

core areas of interest

Trophic Ecology
Population Dynamics
Animal Movement

Technology-informed science

In the field, we use technology including drones, satellite and acoustic tags, and animal-borne video cameras to study movements, habitat use, and individual condition. In the wet lab we use stable isotope analysis and stomach content analysis to study trophic ecology. In the dry lab we use advanced quantitative tools to evaluate the drivers of population dynamics, from human impacts to environmental change and animal health.

At every stage of the research process, we work closely with stakeholders, community members, and managers to ensure that our science has the greatest direct application to real-world issues and solutions.

Featured projectS

selectED Publications

Boom-bust cycles in gray whales associated with dynamic and changing Arctic conditions. Science 2023

Decreasing body lengths in North Atlantic Right Whales. Current Biology 2021

Survival of the fattest: linking body condition to prey availability and survivorship of killer whales. Ecosphere 2021

Traditional summer habitat use by Southern Resident killer whales in the Salish Sea is linked to Fraser River Chinook salmon returns. Marine Mammal Science 2023

Larger females have more calves: influence of maternal body length on fecundity in North Atlantic right whales. Marine Ecology Progress Series 2022

High bycatch rates of manta and devil rays in the “small-scale” artisanal fisheries of Sri Lanka. PeerJ 2021

Research priorities to support effective manta and devil ray conservation. Frontiers in Marine Science 2018

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