Marine and Anadromous Fisheries Ecology Lab


Welcome to the marine and anadromous fisheries ecology lab in the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station at Oregon State University. We are a group of researchers based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. Our research is focused on the ecology and life history of species found primarily along the west coast of the United States, including Chinook salmon, black rockfish, and Pacific cod. We combine a variety of methodologies in laboratory and field settings to generate information relevant to the sound management and conservation of fisheries resources.

Human reliance on marine resources in the United States and most of the rest of the world continues to grow while efforts to manage and protect these resources encounter increasingly difficult challenges, such as a changing climate and a higher demand for extraction. Management structures are almost necessarily based on a limited understanding of what a particular marine species requires to successfully live, grow, and reproduce. This, in turn, is due to the time and resources needed to gather sufficient information on any single species to make the best management decisions with the ability to adaptively respond to changes within that species and the environmental conditions it encounters.

To address this informational gap, we examine aspects of the life history of certain individual species. A species’ life history includes characteristics, such as, how long it lives, how often it reproduces, how many offspring it has, and its migration patterns. Of those fish species being investigated some spend their entire lives in the ocean (e.g. a cod), while a few are anadromous (e.g., a Chinook salmon), migrating between fresh and salt water. This research is focused on advancing ecological and evolutionary understanding of how a particular species of fish “makes a living.” The information gathered should assist fishery management and conservation efforts of each species studied.