welcome to the Marine Mammal Institute

The OSU Marine Mammal Institute integrates research, graduate education, and public outreach to advance our knowledge of marine mammals, train the next generation of professionals, and engage with stakeholders to ensure that these animals and their ecosystems are always healthy.


HMSC Research Seminar, May 5

"Zoop to Poop: a collaborative effort to assess the caloric value and microparticle load in zooplankton prey of Oregon gray whales"

Thursday, May 5, 2022
3:30–4:30 PM, Pacific Time
HMSC Gladys Valley MSB Auditorium

The Coastal Oregon Zooplankton Investigation is a cross-college collaborative effort that aims to improve our understanding of the quality of zooplankton in coastal Oregon that are primary prey of gray whales in this region.

Journey for Aspiring Students Pursuing Ecological Research (JASPER) immerses students into a real marine science project, fostering development of research skills, confidence, communication skills, and future careers.

Learn about JASPER

Whale Habitat, Ecology & Telemetry Laboratory

The Whale Habitat, Ecology, and Telemetry Laboratory focuses on studying whale movements and their relationship to their complex and changing environments.

Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Laboratory

The Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Laboratory explores the genomes of whales and dolphins to understand the past, assess the present, and conserve the future.

Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory

The Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory focuses on the ecology, behavior and conservation of marine megafauna including cetaceans, pinnipeds, seabirds, and sharks.

Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network

The Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network documents occurrences and investigates the causes of marine mammal strandings in Oregon. Learn what to do if you find a marine mammal ashore.