Donald E. Lyons

Don Lyons holding an Atlantic Puffin chick

Assistant Professor – Senior Research 

Phone: (541) 207-2062  Fax: (541) 737-1955

Email: [email protected]

Oregon State University
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
104 Nash Hall
Corvallis, Oregon 97331 


Ph.D. – Wildlife Science, Oregon State University, 2010.
M.S. – Wildlife Science, Oregon State University, 2004.
M.S. – Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1989.
B.S. – Electrical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1987.

Interests/Expertise: movement ecology, breeding biology, indicator species, marine food webs, seabird restoration, international conservation

In addition to holding an Assistant Professor (Research) appointment in OSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, I am also Director of Conservation Science with the National Audubon Society’s Seabird Institute (historically known as Project Puffin). I have worked with coastal seabirds and related species for over 20 years, investigating academic questions regarding foraging ecology, breeding biology, behavior, and migration and applying findings to a variety of conservation challenges. Some of my current efforts include expanding the use of seabird diet and reproductive performance to inform fisheries management, assessing the impacts of our warming climate on marine ecosystems, and the restoration of vulnerable tern and alcid populations. I am very fortunate to work collaboratively with partners across government agencies, NGOs, academia, private consulting firms, and others, and on seabird species ranging from the Gulf of Maine to Southeast Asia. I mentor a number of graduate and undergraduate students at any given time, working with them on a variety of seabird research projects