The Center's Research Overview

Through collaborations with Duke University, National Marine Life Center, Cape Cod Stranding Network (a project of the International Fund for Animal Welfare), and the New England Aquarium, and with  the use of novel technology such as gliders, non-invasive animal tags, open access databases, acoustic propagation models, and advanced data visualization, the Center is pursuing  new research on:

  • Marine animal health and survival
  • Disease transmission between humans and marine animals
  • Decreased threat of ship collision and fishing gear entanglement
  • Reduced impacts on mammals from sonar, shipping, and industrial activities at sea
  • Impacts of climate change on marine populations
  • Effects of behavioral and physiological disturbances on populations
  • Whale prey mapping methods
  • Deep diving physiology
  • Non-invasive neurobiological measurements in marine mammals.

The Marine Mammal Center is willing to pay for Open Access to peer reviewed papers by WHOI scientists on marine mammal topics. For further information please email


This research is enabled and enhanced through access to world-class facilities. The coastal research vessel Tioga provides quick, affordable and effective operations throughout the region. The new, marine research facility houses laboratories for necropsies, CT scanning, instrument testing and development, student study and archives.

Recent WHOI Marine Mammal Research

August 23, 2013

Marine Mammals Meet Modern Medicine

To study whales, scientists use instruments designed for humans
Source: Oceanus Magazine
Whale FM
July 25, 2013

Caller IDs for Whales

Crowd-sourcing helps sort marine mammal vocalizations
Source: Oceanus Magazine
May 21, 2013

Tangled Up in Fishing Gear

What scientists learned from a right whale named Eg 3911
Source: Oceanus Magazine
 Seismic Studies Capture Whale Calls
February 8, 2013

Seismic Studies Capture Whale Calls

New software could reveal songs amid the sounds
Source: Oceanus Magazine