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.