Ari S. Friedlaender
Ari S. Friedlaender
Ari S. Friedlaender
Ari S. Friedlaender


cetacean ecology
Ari S. Friedlaender
Associate Professor
  • My research focuses on using advanced telemetry tools to study the underwater behavior of marine mammals.
  • I am interested in how the foraging behavior of marine mammals is affected by changes in their environment, including climate change and ocean noise, across a range of their habitats.
  • My primary research sites include the Antarctic Peninsula, Alaska, and California.
Newport, OR
Fisheries and Wildlife
Marine Mammal Institute
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
United States


I am interested in understanding how the behavior of marine mammals relates to changes in their environment.  I am particularly interested in the feeding behavior of baleen whales and species-specific differences in feeding strategies and how changes in prey type affect behavior.  I am also keenly interested in understanding how anthropogenic disturbances (e.g. ocean noise, sonar) affect marine mammals.  I have multi-disciplinary and long-term research programs using tag technology to study cetaceans in Antarctica, Alaska, California, and Cape Cod.


B.A. Biology, High Honors, Bates College, Lewiston, ME 1996
M.S. Marine Biology, UNC Wilmington, Wilmington, NC 2000
PhD. Ecology, Duke University, Durham, NC 2006

I accept graduate students for the Fisheries and Wildlife Department


Publications are maintained on The Marine Mammal Institute's webage.  

Fun Fact

If I wasn’t an ecologist, I would be a photographer or baseball coach.