Research at the Marine Mammal Institute encompasses a wide range of disciplines and taxa. Our science is conducted the laboratory and in the field, from our backyard in the coastal waters of Oregon to open-ocean ecosystems around the world. We use tools and techniques ranging from the simple to the highly sophisticated. Our scientists play strong roles in advancing state-of-the-art technologies. Our research has revealed surprises about marine mammals that have changed scientific paradigms. The themes of conservation biology, marine ecosystem health, and sustainable use of the marine environment permeate everything we do.

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.

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.