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.
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.
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
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.
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: