Jim Rice

Stranding Program Manager

Office: 541-867-0446

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B.A. University of Vermont, 1988
Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA 8/87 to 11/87. Sea Semester - undergrad studies of oceanography involving the operation of a sailing school research vessel. Completed an independent study of zooplankton distribution from New England to Caribbean
Research/Career Interests: 

I am primarily interested in working with the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine to investigate the disease processes affecting marine mammals along the Oregon Coast.

Additional Course Work:

The Biology of Marine Mammals, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, 1992

Evolutionary and Ecological Determinants of Behavior, Brown University, 1993

Functional and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Harvard University, 1998

Life History Studies on Marine Mammals: A Workshop on Theory, Techniques and Applications, Eckerd College and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 2000

Managing the Marine Mammal Stranding Network for the entire Oregon coast
Organizing regular meetings of Oregon stranding responders.
Training and facilitating volunteers; providing educational outreach
Collecting Level A, B, and C data from stranded mammals; conducting necropsies; collecting and banking of tissues; sharing specimens and information with collaborating researchers.
Maintaining database for all Oregon stranding responses
Reporting of stranding data to NOAA Fisheries
Professional Preparation: 
New England Aquarium, Boston, MA 8/96 – 10/05 Senior Biologist / Technician, Rescue and Rehabilitation
Responded to marine mammal and sea turtle stranding events throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine; included husbandry and veterinary care to physically distressed animals, diagnostic testing, preparing animals for release, & performing analyses
Principal Investigator in 5-year study of harbor porpoise habitat utilization of Boston Harbor.
Principal Investigator in study of diagnostics and satellite telemetry of mass stranded dolphins
Affiliated with: 
Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network (OMMSN)
Marine Mammal Institute
Hatfield Marine Science Center