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Dr. Bruce Mate is a tenured professor of Fisheries and Wildlife and adjunct professor of Oceanography at Oregon State University, as well as the director of the OSU Marine Mammal Program. He has conducted marine mammal research since 1967, including determining the migration routes of sea lions along the west coast of the United States; a post doctorate in biochemistry investigating heavy metals and organochlorines in pinnipeds; marine mammal/fishing conflicts; and VHF telemetry studies of seals and gray whales. He has also been a leader in the development of satellite-monitored radio telemetry for marine mammals. Using this technique, he has tagged and tracked manatees, pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, white-sided dolphins, gray whales, right whales, bowhead whales, humpback whales, sperm whales, fin whales and blue whales. Mate had had significant success tagging whales for the TOPP program off the coasts of Oregon and northern California.

Contact Information:
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Oregon State University
2030 SE Marine Science Dr.
Newport, Oregon 97365
Phone: (541) 867-0202
Fax: (541) 867-0128

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Director of Marine Mammal Institute
Selected Publications

Lagerquist, B.A., B.R. Mate, J.G. Ortega-Ortiz, M. Winsor and J. Urban-Ramirez. 2008. Migratory movements and surfacing rates of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) satellite tagged at Socorro Island, Mexico. Marine Mammal Science 24:815-830.

Mate, B., R. Mesecar and B. Lagerquist. 2007. The evolution of satellite-monitored radio tags for large whales: One laboratory's experience. Deep Sea Research II 54: 224-247.

Etnoyer, P., D. Canny, B.R. Mate, L. E. Morgan, J.G. Ortega-Ortiz and W.J. Nichols. 2006. Sea-surface temperature gradients across blue whale and sea turtle foraging trajectories off the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico. Deep Sea Research Part II 53:340-358.

Lagerquist, B.A., K.M. Stafford, and B.R. Mate. 2000. Dive characteristics of satellite-monitored blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) off the Central California Coast. Marine Mammal Science. 16(2): 375-391.

Mate, B.R., G.K. Krutzikowsky, and M.H. Winsor. 2000. Satellite-monitored movements of radio-tagged bowhead whales in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas during the late-summer feeding season and fall migration. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 78:1168-1181.

Oregon State University