Albatross Fine-scale overlap between North Pacific Albatrosses and fishing vessels

High-seas fisheries are often considered the wild-west: out of sight and out of control. How, when and where albatrosses interact with fishing vessels in these regions is unknown, leaving a significant knowledge gap regarding their bycatch risk.

Mouth open whale Application of UAS and analysis code to assess whale body condition and behaviors

From our traditional boat-based horizontal perspective, cetacean behavioral observations are typically limited to when the animal is at the surface, and health assessment is constrained to photographs captured of this limited body view.

Coastal Oregon Zooplankton Investigation (COZI)

The Coastal Oregon Zooplankton Investigation (COZI) is a cross-college collaborative effort led by four early-career female scientists that aims to improve our understanding of caloric content and microplastic loads in coastal Oregon zooplankton by species, life history stage, location, and time.

bottlenose dolphin Comparative health assessment of bottlenose dolphin ecotypes off California

This project aims to better comprehend common bottlenose dolphin population health off the coast of California. The marine ecosystem off of California is highly productive and home to a diversity of cetacean species.

Ecology of blue whales in New Zealand

Drawing on multiple lines of evidence, the GEMM Lab has documented a population of blue whales in New Zealand that are genetically distinct and present year-round. Ongoing research efforts will enhance our understanding of this recently documented population and inform management. 

Foraging ecology of gray whales

Linking predator-prey interactions is a favorite topic among ecologists, but can be expensive and challenging to accomplish at fine scales, particularly in shallow waters that limit traditional prey mapping methods. The Pacific Coast Feeding Group of gray whales forages in the Oregon near-shore environment, making them accessible for study with creative, low budget technology.

Gray whale breaches in the front of the Yaquina Lighthouse, Newport, OR, US GRANITE: Gray whale Response to Ambient Noise Informed by Technology and Ecology

Cetaceans are acoustically active, dependent on, and sensitive to the surrounding soundscape. Therefore, understanding the scales, intensities and types of impacts from ocean noise on their ecology and populations is a critical step toward improved management and protection.

Gray whale foraging behavior and impacts on body condition

We are able to collect detailed behavior and body condition data using Unoccupied Aerial Systems (UAS, ‘drones’). These data will help us study how behavior varies across space, time, and individual body condition and sex.

Local students Integrating students into coastal ecology research

Providing high school and undergraduate students with an opportunity to experience ecological field research and learn valuable skills in data collection, processing and analysis has always been a central part of the  Gray Whale Foraging Ecology Project.

Fin whale OPAL: Overlap Predictions About Large whales - Identifying co-occurrence between whales and fishing effort in Oregon to reduce entanglement risk

We are conducting surveys for whales aboard USCG helicopters to increase our understanding of whale distribution and habitat use patterns in Oregon waters. We will use these data to assess entanglement risk with fishing gear to inform management decisions.