Graduate Studies

The OSU Marine Mammal Institute does much more than research. It develops resourceful graduate students who become successful professionals in state and federal government, academics, and research. For individual lab information, please contact the Principal Investigators directly. Most of the faculty hold academic appointments in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Dr. Scott Baker is a Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife and is broadly interested in the evolutionary and ecological pattern and process in whales and dolphins, including their abundance, population structure, genetic diversity, and systematic relationships. Dr. Baker is particularly interested in projects that bring together both molecular and demographic approaches to improve the conservation of these species.

Dr. Leigh Torres is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Oregon Sea Grant. Dr. Torres is a Marine Mammal Behavioral Ecologist and Sea Grant Extension Specialist, who focuses on spatial and behavioral ecology and conservation. Potential graduate students are encouraged to review her Letter to Prospective Graduate Students.

Internship Opportunities

Marine Mammal Institute faculty often participate in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates summer internship program, which is open to non-OSU as well as OSU students. 

Academic internship opportunities based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center can be found here:

Internships for students through the OSU Marine Studies Initiative can be found here: