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

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.

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.


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.

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. 

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.