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 T. Ballance
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.  
C. Scott Baker 
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
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
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
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 staffoka@oregonstate.edu
Mauricio Cantor
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 by emailing them to minda.stiles@oregonstate.edu
John Durban
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 john.durban@oregonstate.edu.

Please refer to the OSU course catalog for current class information. Check with your academic department for specific program requirements.

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INTERNSHIPs with mmi

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.

other INTERNSHIPS

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