Research Labs

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Benthic Ecology Lab

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.

Whale surfaces on sunny day.
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.

A tank with live shrimp.
Heppell Lab

In the Heppell Lab, a diverse group of ecologists works 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 Lab for Animal Behavioural Interaction Research In The Ocean (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
Marine and Anadromous Fisheries Ecology Lab

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

Ice bergs floating on still water on a cloudy day.
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.  

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

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.

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

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

ODFW Marine Resources Program

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

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Pacific Ecological Systems Division

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.

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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.

seabirds flyinig close to research boat
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.