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Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, directed by Dr. Bruce Mate, strives to advance conservation and the understanding of marine mammals by studying their ecology, distribution, habitats, population abundance, ocean health issues and anthropogenic activities on marine mammals. Find out more about our research through our newsletters and teaching curriculum.



Curriculum for Science Teachers, Grades 6-9

As part of its education mission, the Institute worked with several accomplished marine educators to produce a whale-focused curriculum for grades 6–9, using the appeal of whales to help teach science and math. To view the materials, click on the image or title below. It is available for download but you may also purchase the printed book. Copyrighted materials belong to the Marine Mammal Institute.

The Great Whales

The Great Whales (click here for a PDF version)

by Vicki Osis, Susan Leach Snyder, Rachel Gross, Bill Hastie and Beth Broadhurst

Produced by the OSU Marine Mammal Institute
Price: $17, plus $4 shipping and handling
119 pages

To order a printed copy, mail a check payable to Oregon State University to:
Marine Mammal Institute, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr., Newport OR 97365

This new curriculum provides a comprehensive look at whales, using engaging
illustrations and classroom activities to immerse students in a fascinating study.

Topics include: an introduction to whales, whale habitats, exploitation of whales,
current threats to whales, whale investigations, and current whale research. Materials are matched to national science education standards.

 


Newsletters

Periodic newsletters are sent out to our mailing list. The newsletter includes articles from the director, highlights of ongoing marine mammal research and information about Natural History trips. Also included are close-ups articles on individual researchers. To sign up for a copy please contact the MMI office. Previous newsletters can be downloaded as well:

 



Whale Watch Spoken Here imageWhale Watching Spoken Here

Each year, Bruce Mate conducts a training session for “Whale Watching Spoken Here” volunteers. To learn more about this opportunity and to sign up as a volunteer, please click here.