Career Opportunities

Employment Opportunities:

For employment opportunities within the Marine Mammal Institute or Oregon State University, visit the OSU Employment Opportunities website and click on "OSU Jobs" to begin your search. All available positions through the Marine Mammal Institute will be posted here.

Graduate Studies:

The OSU Marine Mammal Institute does much more than research. It develops resourceful graduate students who become successful professionals in state and federal government, academics, and research. For individual lab information, please contact the Principal Investigators directly. Most of the faculty hold academic appointments in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Dr. Bruce Mate is a Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Director of the Marine Mammal Institute. Dr. Mate currently focuses on the Institute's program development and is no longer accepting graduate students.

Dr. Scott Baker is a Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife and is broadly interested in the evolutionary and ecological pattern and process in whales and dolphins, including their abundance, population structure, genetic diversity, and systematic relationships. Dr. Baker is particularly interested in projects that bring together both molecular and demographic approaches to improve the conservation of these species.

Dr. Markus Horning is an Associate Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife and his research focuses on ecology, behavioral physiology, and conservation biology of pinnipeds. Dr. Horning is based at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska. Please contact Dr. Horning directly regarding graduate student opportunities.

Dr. Leigh Torres is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Oregon Sea Grant. Dr. Torres is a Marine Mammal Behavioral Ecologist and Sea Grant Extension Specialist, who focuses on spatial and behavioral ecology and conservation. Potential graduate students are encouraged to review her Letter to Prospective Graduate Students.

Dr. Ari Friedlaender is interested in the foraging ecology of marine mammals across a range of habitats and environments. He uses new tag and visualization technology to better understand the underwater movement of marine mammals and is particularly interested in how human impacts (e.g. navy sonar, climate change) affect marine mammals. Please contact Dr. Friedlaender directly regarding graduate student opportunities.

Career Planning: 

Here is a very useful link if you think you want to become a marine biologist. A comprehensive list of finding careers in Marine Science is also posted by the Hopkins Marine Station. Sea Grant also offers a website of information for marine careers.