Oceans of Opportunity

I am thrilled to be here as the new director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. I have been here just a short time, since October 14th, but already two things are crystal clear: the talent here is deep; and the passion is palpable.

Read the Welcome Letter from MMI's Director

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The OSU Marine Mammal Institute incorporates the work of academics from engineering, genetics, agriculture, aquatics, ecology, veterinary medicine, biology, and communications.

The Marine Mammal Institute combines the efforts of top researchers from around the world to continue the legacy of discovery and preservation of critical habitats of target species and to understand how those species interact with their environment and human activities.

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What To Do If You Find a Marine Mammal Ashore

  • Keep people and dogs away
  • Observe and report to authorities
    • 800-452-7888 (Oregon State Police Tipline)
    • 541-270-6830 (OMMSN Stranding Cell Phone)

Marine mammals are protected by federal law. It is illegal for unauthorized persons to disturb, handle, or feed them.

Learn more about Stranding Do's and Don'ts.

Whale Telemetry Group

The Whale Telemetry Group uses satellite-monitored radio tags to determine the distribution and critical habitats of endangered whales.

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.