Follow the links below to visit exhibits and watch videos about marine ecology.


Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

Read this bill which sets forth requirements related to waste and recycling collection systems for a variety of products and materials, including plastics.


EPA Newport Coastal Environmental Research

Scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency laboratory in Newport, Oregon, conduct research to assess the effects of stressors like pollution and climate change on coastal ecosystems, and how that affects public health, the economy and people’s well-being.


Harmful Algal Bloom Research

Algal toxins can be transferred in marine food webs. A small number of phytoplankton species has the capability of synthesizing unique biotoxins as their physiological responses to the environment. Although toxin production has been naturally present since perhaps long before our human recognitions, it seems to occur more frequently and adversely to marine ecosystems and human health in the past decade. Learn about this research and outreach.


Marine Plankton

At the Plankton Ecology Laboratory, we conduct basic and applied research on the ecology of marine fishes and the dynamics of their early life history stages in the plankton. Visit this exhibit to learn about the research projects conducted by our dynamic team of graduate and undergraduate students, postdocs and research assistants.


Newport Hydrographic Line Team

In rain or shine, often under dark skies, Newport Line scientists have been heading out to sea twice a month to sample the waters off Newport, Oregon. Learn about this unique oceanographic time series that has been in motion for 25 years.


PNW Consortium on Plastics

Marine litter comes in all shapes and sizes. But it may be the smallest particles, invisible to the naked eye, that threaten aquatic life and humans the most. The Pacific Northwest Consortium on Plastics is dedicated to conducting reliable, science-based research to uncover the risks associated with micro and nanoplastic particles to aquatic life. This research is critical to informing risk management decisions regarding the protection of our environment and essential fisheries and aquaculture commodities.


Seabird Oceanography

The Seabird Oceanography Lab is involved in research focusing on seabird ecology, movement ecology, oceanography, and integrated ecosystem studies while providing research and educational opportunities for students. Our research applications range from colony-and vessel-based observational studies to deploying state-of-the-art electronics to study individual foraging, dispersal, migration, and behavior patterns of seabirds.


Seabirds of the Oregon Coast

Seabirds of the Oregon coast require places to safely rest, nest and raise their young close enough to their fishy food sources. Learn about how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages all the rocks, reefs, and islands which comprise Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, in addition to five other National Wildlife Refuges along the Oregon Coast.