The Acoustics Lab is part of the Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies. Its acoustic research falls into three areas: ocean ambient sound, geophysical sound, and bioacoustics.


The Aquatic Animal Health Program supports various captive aquatic animal stakeholders, including the aquarium fish industry, research enterprises, aquaculture and educational institutions in domestic and international settings.

dark ocean water

The Benthic Ecology lab studies how global climate change and human activities affect marine species at the molecular, organism and population-level as well as affect community structure and ecosystem functioning.

The Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Laboratory conducts research on whales, dolphins and porpoises with an eye towards the conservation of several species of marine mammals.

The deck of a rearch vessel fully loaded with equipment for the Ocean Observatories Initiative as it leaves Newport, Oregon.

CIMERS brings together research partners across OSU to assist their NOAA colleagues in tackling complex multidisciplinary issues related to the marine environment and the sustainable use and management of marine resources.

This lab uses a variety of quantitative and empirical tools to investigate the dynamics of marine populations and communities across a range of spatial and temporal scales.

Whale surfaces on sunny day.

The GEMM Lab focuses on the ecology, behavior, health, and conservation of marine megafauna, including cetaceans, pinnipeds, seabirds and sharks.

Live shrimp in tank

In the Heppel Lab, a diverse group of ecologists work on both basic and applied research in marine ecology, conservation biology, population ecology and fisheries science.

An aerial view of a small fishing boat  on blue-green water. There is a foamy stream created from the motor behind the boat and two dolphins next to the boat.

At the LABIRINTO, we are interested in mapping the network that behavioral and ecological interactions form to understand their nature and to measure their consequences for individual organisms, their populations, their communities, and the ecosystems around us all. 

ling cod

This lab studies how animals move throughout rivers and oceans and how that movement affects their growth and survival. 

boats in a harbor

Research in this lab centers on applied population genetic and genomic principles to better understanding processes important to the management, utilization and conservation of marine fisheries.

Ice bergs floating on still water on a cloudy day.

The Marine Mammal Bioacoustics and Ecology Lab (MMBEL)  uses passive acoustic monitoring to eavesdrop on vocalizing marine mammals and understand spatiotemporal presence and behavior, as well as human-caused threats.

hand covered with tiny oyster larva

MBP works in partnership with the West Coast oyster industry to improve the performance of Pacific oysters through genetic selection.

Map of the Newport Hydrographic Line as is stretches from the shore out into the ocean.

The Newport Line team monitors the pulse of the ocean with year-round, bi-weekly sampling of phyto-, zoo-, ichthyo-plankton, and hydrography in continental shelf and oceanic waters off Newport, Oregon.

This lab researches the behavioral responses of commercially important marine fishes to environmental factors critical to controlling their distribution and survival.

yelloweye rockfish held in fisherman's hand

Scientists in this lab are conduct leading-edge research to provide the foundation for management decisions to protect, recover, restore and sustain ecosystems and living marine resources in the PNW.

A mother whale and calf seen from above, swiming in blue water.

The Ocean Ecology Lab studies animal movement, foraging ecology, health, and population dynamics to support the science-based management of threatened species.


MRP is ODFW’s home for the management of fish and wildlife species and habitats in the ocean, bays and estuaries.

Newborn Harbor Seal Pup Laying On Beach

The Stranding Network encompasses observations of marine mammal stranding events, and the systematic collection, analysis and archiving of stranding data and biological samples.

close up of beach grass

The Pacific Ecological Systems Division (PESD) conducts innovative research on watershed ecological epidemiology and develops tools to assist stakeholders in achieving sustainable and resilient watersheds.

Saildrone departs Dutch Harbor, AK

NOAA’s PMEL is a federal laboratory that makes critical observations and conducts groundbreaking research to advance our knowledge of the global ocean and its interactions with the earth, atmosphere, ecosystems and climate. 

plankton glowing white on black background

The Plankton Ecology Lab conducts basic and applied research on the ecology of marine fishes and the dynamics of their early life history stages in the plankton.

seabirds flyinig close to research boat

SOL is involved in research focusing on seabird ecology, movement ecology, oceanography and integrated ecosystem studies while providing research and educational opportunities for students. 

coho salmon spawning

This state lab conducts fisheries genomics research addressing the science and management needs of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

The silhouett underwater along a rocky ocean bottom

Predators are integral components of healthy marine ecosystems. They help maintain the systems that provide food, resources, recreation and income to our local communities.

oysters with lemon

ARS at Hatfield is developing methods to improve the survival and maximize the productivity and sustainability of Pacific shellfish aquaculture.

three submerged humpback whales

The WHET lab has pioneered the development of satellite-monitored radio tags to study the movements, critical habitats, and dive characteristics of free-ranging whales and dolphins around the world.