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.

close up of beach grass

The Western Ecology Division conducts innovative research on watershed ecological epidemiology and develops tools to assist stakeholders to achieve sustainable and resilient watersheds.

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. 

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.


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. 

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.

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.