Jim Rice


Stranding Coordinator


Phone: (541) 867-0446


  • Managing the Marine Mammal Stranding Network for the entire Oregon coast
  • Organizing regular meetings of Oregon stranding responders.
  • Training and facilitating volunteers; providing educational outreach
  • Collecting Level A, B, and C data from stranded mammals; conducting necropsies; collecting and banking of tissues; sharing specimens and information with collaborating researchers.
  • Maintaining database for all Oregon stranding responses
  • Reporting of stranding data to NOAA Fisheries

Educational Background:

University of Vermont, BA, 1988
Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA 8/87 to 11/87. Sea Semester - undergraduate studies of oceanography involving the operation of a sailing school research vessel on the high seas. Completed an independent study of zooplankton distribution from New England to the Caribbean Sea.

Additional Course Work:

The Biology of Marine Mammals, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, 1992

Evolutionary and Ecological Determinants of Behavior, Brown University, 1993

Functional and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Harvard University, 1998

Life History Studies on Marine Mammals: A Workshop on Theory, Techniques and Applications, Eckerd College and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 2000

Professional Preparation:

New England Aquarium, Boston, MA 8/96 – 10/05
Senior Biologist / Technician, Rescue and Rehabilitation

Responded to marine mammal and sea turtle stranding events throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine; included husbandry and veterinary care to physically distressed animals, diagnostic testing, preparing animals for release, performing necropsy analyses, collecting and preserving tissues for archives, maintaining and analyzing database, and characterizing stranding trends over time.

Principal Investigator in 5-year study of harbor porpoise habitat utilization of Boston Harbor.

Principal Investigator in study of diagnostics and satellite telemetry of mass stranded dolphins

Research Interests/Area of Expertise:

I am primarily interested in working with the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine to investigate the disease processes affecting marine mammals along the Oregon Coast.