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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.
The Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Laboratory explores the genomes of whales and dolphins to understand the past, assess the present, and conserve the future.
The Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory focuses on the ecology, behavior and conservation of marine megafauna including cetaceans, pinnipeds, seabirds, and sharks.
The Whale Habitat, Ecology, and Telemetry Laboratory focuses on studying whale movements and their relationship to their complex and changing environments.