Our research projects are organized into research themes.
Current research themes:
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.
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.
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.
Upward movement of cold, nutrient-rich water from the ocean bottom to replace surface water which was moved off shore by wind and rotation of the earth. [Source: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife]