Seabird Oceanography Lab


The Seabird Oceanography Lab (SOL) at Oregon State University is involved in research focusing on seabird ecology, movement ecology, oceanography, and integrated ecosystem studies while providing research and educational opportunities for students. We are spread across OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, and OSU’s main campus in Corvallis, with our academic home in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences.

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. These biologging data are often integrated with in-situ and remotely-sensed measures of prey resources or their proxies or related to human activities (e.g., fishing) or threats. In addition to environmental "bottom-up" studies, we also study the "top-down" effects of predators on seabird population dynamics and life histories. 

Conservation aspects of our research include species restoration, population assessment and monitoring, seabird-fishery interactions, identification of marine important bird areas, and marine spatial planning.

We seek to engage students and the public in seabird science and conservation via social media, community presentations, experiential education, banding programs, webcams, and other means.

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Tufted Puffin Bill Load Photography Technician (Full Consideration Date: April 22nd)

Haystack Rock, located in Cannon Beach Oregon is one of Oregon's few tufted puffin colonies. The colony and birds are viewable from the beach. We are recruiting an undergraduate field technician to photography tufted puffins with bill loads as they return to the colony to feed their chicks. The field season is expected to go from July 1 to Aug 19. Applicants with a strong interest in photography are encouraged to apply. To be eligible for this position, applicants must be enrolled at least half-time at an undergraduate institution during the Spring and Fall terms of 2024. Applications must be submitted through the OSU Jobs Portal; please email with any questions.

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