Research Labs

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Acoustics Lab

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.

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Cooperative Institute for Marine Ecosystem and Resources Studies

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. Visit the CIMERS website.  

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Fisheries Oceanography & Population Dynamics Lab

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.

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Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (GEMM) Lab

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

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Marine Mammal Bioacoustics and Ecology Lab

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. Visit MMBEL's website.  

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Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL)

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.

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Plankton Ecology Lab

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.

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Seabird Oceanography Lab

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