Follow the links below to visit exhibits and watch videos about marine mammals.
At our lab, study behavioral and ecological intersections through the interactions between humans and marine mammals.
Our lab uses DNA to answer questions related to the conservation and management of whales and dolphins, from the smallest marine dolphin (the New Zealand Māui dolphin) to the largest animal that has ever lived (the blue whale).
We use drones, cameras, whale poop, helicopters, kayaks, underwater videos, hydrophones and more cool gadgets to better understand how marine megafauna feed, move, and survive.
The MMI integrates research, education, and outreach to advance our knowledge of marine mammals, train the next generation of professionals, and engage with stakeholders to ensure that these animals and their ecosystems are always healthy.
Stranding events offer a wealth of information to researchers and resource managers by providing valuable insights into the lives of marine mammals, including their seasonal distributions, natural histories, environmental contaminant levels, impacts due to human interactions, and incidence of disease.
The Stafford Lab uses passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) to study the underwater soundscape around the globe. Eavesdropping underwater provides information on when and where marine mammals occur and what are the anthropogenic (human-caused) threats that impact marine mammal feeding, migration, and communication.
Our research focuses on studying the movements and behavior of whales to address important but unanswered scientific questions about their lives. We use electronic tags to “ride along” and remotely track whales over periods of several weeks to months via satellite.