Renee Albertson


Research Associate; Instructor (Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife)


Phone: 541-867-0384

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Wildlife Science, Fisheries and Wildlife, Magma cum laude, Oregon State University 2014. Thesis title: Worldwide Phylogeography and Local Population Structure of the Rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis)

M.Sc. Wildlife Science, Fisheries and Wildlife, magma cum laude, Oregon State University, 2009.  Thesis title: Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in South Pacific breeding grounds:  Allocation from feeding areas and abundance of the French Polynesia breeding stock.

M.A.T. Science Education, magma cum laude, Pacific University, Oregon, 1997.  Thesis title: Gender inequalities in science education.

B.S. Chemistry and Biochemistry, Portland State University, Oregon, 1994.

Professional Preparation:

Instructor, FW302: Biology and Conservation of Marine Mammals, Oregon State University, 2009–present

Research Biologist, Marine Mammal Research Project, Moorea, French Polynesia 2010, 2011, 2012

Instructor, FW499: Field Techniques for Marine Mammal Conservation, Oregon State University, 2011

Research Biologist, Operation Cetacea, Noumea, New Caledonia 2010

Field Research Assistant, Marine Mammal Research Project, French Polynesia 2005, 2007, 2008

Science Educator, Advanced Placement Chemistry, Environmental Biology and Oceanography, David Douglas High School, Oregon, 1997–2007

Chemist, Pacific Environmental Laboratory, Oregon 1994–1997

Research Interests/Area of Expertise:

I am interested in using molecular markers to address questions about population structure and evolutionary history of both insular and pelagic dolphin species. In addition, I use these markers to evaluate social structure within groups of dolphins. My research interests focus on the application of these tools for the purpose of conservation management.