Cool science with real-world impact
Marine mammals are among the most beloved creatures in the ocean. They are deeply familiar and yet remain deeply unknown. Proudly based in Newport, OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute is home to global experts in diverse fields of study, all committed to collaborative approaches to learn about these awe-inspiring animals.
We train the next generation of scientists, who will go on to work around the world to further our understanding of marine mammals, their habitats, and the impact we humans have on them. Our researchers engage with local communities to inform the work we do and to ensure that our collective efforts have the broadest impact possible.
Recently, the MMI was awarded funding from the US Department of Energy to conduct critical baseline research on marine mammals and seabirds along the US West Coast to inform the development of responsible offshore wind energy. This is a salient example of how our expertise — in ecology, acoustics, genetics, and more — is being applied locally to provide critical information to help an emerging global industry mitigate its impacts on marine life.
We believe it is our inherent responsibility as scientists and as humans to discover and share our knowledge with others. We seek to inspire understanding that taps into our shared values to protect and preserve the vital oceans that we all depend upon for survival, inspiration, and joy. We do this because the only way to ensure a healthy future is if we are all stewards of it.