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Our Research

Our research projects are organized into research themes.

Current research themes:

Ocean floor


Marine Ecosystems and Habitats

Research in this theme emphasizes ecosystem monitoring by both new and established tools and approaches; large-scale environmental and small-scale process studies for understanding ecosystem health, habitat function, and environmental change; modeling and forecasting activities that make extensive use of current and past ecological, environmental and socio-economic data.




Protection and Restoration of Marine Resources

Research conducted under this theme is multidisciplinary in nature, combining the areas of social sciences, fishery resource economics and stock assessment, spatial planning, and genetics for managed   species! in marine as well as estuarine habitats.


JASON deployment



Seafloor Processes

Research conducted within this theme assesses the effects of seafloor spreading-center activity, volcanism and hydrothermal systems on the physical, chemical and biological components of the world oceans through the use of the most advanced technologies in the area of acoustics, seafloor imaging, and physical, chemical, and biological oceanography.




Hydrophone deployment


Marine Bioacoustics

Research in this theme involves the use of acoustic monitoring in coastal and deep-ocean environments as an efficient survey method for gathering information from remote areas of the global oceans.



We have three research groups:

Word of the Day

Crust: The solid, outermost layer of the Earth, lying above the mantle.
♦ The crust that includes continents is called continental crust and is about 35.4 to 70 km (22 to 43.4 mi) thick. It consists mostly of rocks, such as granites and granodiorites, that are rich in silica and aluminum, with minor amounts of iron, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium.
♦ The crust that includes ocean floors is called oceanic crust! and is about 4.8 to 9.7 km (3 to 6 mi) thick. It has a similar composition to that of continental crust, but has higher concentrations of iron, magnesium, and calcium and is denser than continental crust. The predominant type of rock in oceanic crust is basalt.

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Contact Info

Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
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