Albatross Fine-scale overlap between North Pacific Albatrosses and fishing vessels

High-seas fisheries are often considered the wild-west: out of sight and out of control. How, when and where albatrosses interact with fishing vessels in these regions is unknown, leaving a significant knowledge gap regarding their bycatch risk.

Mouth open whale Application of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, “drones”) to assess whale body condition and behaviors

From our traditional boat-based horizontal perspective, cetacean behavioral observations are typically limited to when the animal is at the surface, and health assessment is constrained to photographs captured of this limited body view.

Coastal Oregon Zooplankton Investigation (COZI)

COZI is a cross-college collaborative effort led by four early-career female scientists that aims to improve our understanding of microplastics in coastal Oregon zooplankton by species, life history stage, location, and time.

bottlenose dolphin Comparative health assessment of bottlenose dolphin ecotypes off California

This project aims to better comprehend common bottlenose dolphin population health off the coast of California. The marine ecosystem off of California is highly productive and home to a diversity of cetacean species.

Blue Whales in New Zealand Ecology of blue whales in New Zealand

The GEMM Lab has been studying blue whales in New Zealand since Dr. Leigh Torres first hypothesized the existence of an undocumented foraging ground in the South Taranaki Bight in 2013.

Gray whale breaches in the front of the Yaquina Lighthouse, Newport, OR, US Evaluation of gray whale hormone and body condition variation, with response to variable ambient ocean noise conditions

Cetaceans are acoustically active, dependent on, and sensitive to the surrounding soundscape. Therefore, understanding the scales, intensities and types of impacts from ocean noise on their ecology and populations is a critical step toward improved management and protection.

Sea Otters Evaluation of sea otter reintroduction to the Oregon coast

Sea otters were once abundant along the entire west coast of the United States, including Oregon - according to historical hunting records, tribal archives, and archaeological findings. However, due to unsustainable and intense hunting pressure from fur traders, sea otters were pronounced locally extinct in the early 1900’s.

Foraging ecology of gray whales

Linking predator-prey interactions is a favorite topic among ecologists, but can be expensive and challenging to accomplish at fine scales, particularly in shallow waters that limit traditional prey mapping methods. The Pacific Coast Feeding Group of gray whales forages in the Oregon near-shore environment, making them accessible for study with creative, low budget technology.

Local students Integrating students into coastal ecology research

Providing high school and undergraduate students with an opportunity to experience ecological field research and learn valuable skills in data collection, processing and analysis has always been a central part of the Gray Whale Foraging Ecology Project.

plotting data Residence in Space and Time (RST): A new and simple way to classify behavior states in movement data

Large animal movement datasets are increasingly common (see or and there is a need for efficient methods of data exploration that adjust to the individual variability of each track.

Fin whale Where are whales in Oregon waters?: Working toward identifying co-occurrence between whales and fishing effort in Oregon to reduce entanglement risk

We are conducting surveys for whales aboard USCG helicopters to increase our understanding of whale distribution and habitat use patterns in Oregon waters. We will use these data to assess entanglement risk with fishing gear to inform management decisions.