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The OSU Marine Mammal Institute does much more than research. It develops resourceful graduate students who become successful professionals in state and federal government, academics, and research. Most MMI faculty hold academic appointments in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences. The following faculty members may be taking on new graduate students. Please contact them directly with your letter of interest and curriculum vitae (CV).
|Lisa Ballance is a professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences and director of the Marine Mammal Institute. Dr. Ballance is a broadly trained cetacean and seabird ecologist. Her current interests include macroecology (species diversity patterns in space and time), changes in marine ecosystems associated with recovery of protected species, and conservation biology.|
|Scott Baker is a professor of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences and the head of the Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Laboratory. Dr. Baker is broadly interested in the evolutionary and ecological pattern and process in whales and dolphins, including their abundance, population structure, genetic diversity, and systematic relationships. He is particularly interested in projects that bring together both molecular and demographic approaches to improve the conservation of these species.|
|Leigh Torres is an associate professor with the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences and Oregon Sea Grant. Dr. Torres is a marine mammal behavioral ecologist and Sea Grant Extension specialist, who focuses on spatial and behavioral ecology and conservation. She leads the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory. Potential graduate students are encouraged to review her Letter to Prospective Graduate Students.|
|Daniel Palacios is an associate professor with the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences. Dr. Palacios leads the Whale Habitat, Ecology & Telemetry Lab, and his interests are quantitative ecology as applied to habitat characterization, animal movement, risk mitigation, and informing management practices. Potential applicants interested in joining his lab are encouraged to review his Letter to Prospective Applicants.|
|Kate Stafford is an associate professor with the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences and Marine Studies Initiative, who will be joining the MMI in winter 2022. Her research focuses on using passive acoustic monitoring to examine migratory movements, geographic variation, and physical drivers of marine mammals, particularly large whales. Potential graduate students may send a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Stafford by emailing email@example.com.|
|Mauricio Cantor is an assistant professor with the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences and Marine Studies Initiative, who will be joining the MMI in fall 2021. The research focus of his lab will be on the mechanisms of behavioural and ecological interactions and their consequences across scales — from individuals to communities. Potential graduate students may send a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Cantor at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|John Durban is an associate professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences, and an affiliate at the Marine Mammal Institute. Dr. Durban's primary research involves combining photographic mark–recapture for population assessment with drone-derived photogrammetry to monitor individual whale health. He conducts research on cetacean species, with particular focus on killer whales in Alaska, Antarctica, and the Pacific Northwest. Potential graduate students may email a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Durban at email@example.com.|
Term: Fall 2021 (Sept. 8)
Location: Ecampus / Hatfield Marine Science Center
Instructor: Dr. Renee Albertson
Course Description: An in-depth study of marine megafauna (mammals, birds, turtles) with an emphasis on methods and analyses of behavior and physiology for conservation. Lab and field exercises include investigations into the behavior–physiology nexus of diving, migration, thermoregulation, energy expenditure, and mating systems. Research techniques to be explored will include, for example, tracking and remote biotelemetry monitoring technologies, respirometry, genetics, and direct field study observation. Theoretical approaches, field techniques and statistical analyses will help prepare students for a career in fisheries or wildlife science.
Term: Fall 2021 (Sept. 22)
Location: Hatfield Marine Science Center
Instructor: Professor Scott Baker
Course Description: During the last 200 years, whaling expanded into a global industry, systematically driving most populations of baleen whales (suborder Mysticeti) and some larger toothed whales (suborder Odontoceti) to near extinction. This nearly eliminated an entire trophic level of the marine ecosystem, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere. Although viewed by some as a relic of the past, whaling remains a strong imperative for some native people and national interests. This course addresses the natural history of whales as a unique example of adaptation in an evolutionary lineage and the history of whaling as a general example of the failings of international resource management.
Term: Fall 2021 (Sept. 22)
Instructor: Dr. Renee Albertson
Course Description: A foundational course in preparation for a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife or other degrees focused on conservation of natural resources. Covers a broad range of topics associated with issues surrounding genetics that working professionals in the biological sciences should be conversant about. One of the most important aspects of the course is the development of problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
Marine Mammal Institute faculty often participate in the Hatfield Marine Science Center Research Experiences for Undergraduates summer internship program, which is open to students from OSU and other domestic institutions.
MMI faculty may also participate in internships for OSU students through the OSU Marine Studies Initiative.
Information about insurance coverage during internships can be found on the OSU Insurance and Risk Management Services website.
For other student internship opportunities, visit the following links: