MMRU administers the Consortium, which unites the marine mammal research of four Universities: the Universities of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon State. It combines the skills and expertise of university-based physiologists, ecologists, marine mammalogists, oceanographers, and fisheries specialists.
The mission of the Consortium is to undertake long-term studies of marine mammals in the North Pacific Ocean. Much of the initial research is focused on the decline of Steller sea lions, but also includes studies of other species such as killer whales, harbor seals, sea otters, and northern fur seals. Graduate student participation and training is central to the success of the program.
Monthly updates on research findings and publications can be obtained by joining our e-mail list at www.marinemammal.org