Northwest Fisheries Science Center


The Marine Mammal and Seabird Ecology Team conducts critical research on Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs), other marine mammals, and seabirds in the Pacific Northwest.

Our marine mammal research focuses on habitat and foraging ecology, marine mammal physiology and behavior, and marine mammal acoustics.

Our seabird research focuses on foraging and breeding ecology, seabird–fisheries interactions, and seabirds as important components of marine ecosystems. Projects include assessing seabird diet and productivity in Puget Sound and the California Current, contaminant levels in seabirds and their fish prey, factors influencing avian predation on Pacific salmon, and seabird bycatch in West coast groundfish fisheries.