Director & Endowed Chair
Professor in Fisheries and Wildlife
NIH Post-doctorate fellow, Environmental Health Sciences, Oregon State University. De-methylation of methyl mercury in California sea lions, 1972–74
Ph.D. Biology, University of Oregon, N.S.F. Pre-doctoral Fellow,1973
Thesis title: Population kinetics and related ecology of the northern sea lion, Eumetopias jubatus, and the California sea lion, Zalophus californianus, along the Oregon Coast.
B.S. Biology, University of Oregon, 1968
Bruce has conducted marine mammal research since 1967, including determining the migration routes of sea lions along the west coast of the United States; a post doctorate in biochemistry investigating heavy metals and organochlorines in pinnipeds; marine mammal/fishing conflicts; and VHF telemetry studies of seals and gray whales. He has also been a leader in the development of satellite-monitored radio telemetry for marine mammals. Using this technique, he has tagged and tracked manatees, pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, white-sided dolphins, gray whales, right whales, bowhead whales, humpback whales, sperm whales, fin whales and blue whales.
Dr. Mate currently focuses on the Institute's program development and is no longer accepting graduate students.