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.

The silhouett underwater along a rocky ocean bottom

The work of Drs. James Sulikowski and Taylor Chapple of the Big Fish Lab centers on marine apex predator conservation, especially sharks. Together, they have built a team of international collaborators and a unique community, bringing complementary expertise in climate science, ecology, behavior, and physiology that are critical to advancing the mission to conserve sharks and the ecosystems they inhabit.

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.

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.

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.


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

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. 

oysters with lemon

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