G. Renee  Albertson
G. Renee  Albertson


molecular ecology
humpback whales
rough-toothed dolphins
G. Renee Albertson
OSU Campus
Fisheries and Wildlife
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
United States
(503) 701-6618


I am interested in using molecular markers to address questions about population structure and evolutionary history of both insular and pelagic dolphin species. I use these markers to evaluate social structure within groups of dolphins. In addition I use these markers to study migratory destinations of whales. My research interests focus on the application of these tools for the purpose of conservation management.


FW 111 Introduction to marine mammals
FW255 Field sampling fish and wildlife
FW301 Field techniques in marine mammal conservation
FW302 Biology and conservation of marine mammals
FW350 Endangered species conservation
FW415/515 Fish and wildlife law and policy
FW419/519 Whales and whaling


Ph.D. Wildlife Science, Fisheries and Wildlife, Magma cum laude, Oregon State University 2014. Thesis title: Worldwide Phylogeography and Local Population Structure of the Rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis)

M.Sc. Wildlife Science, Fisheries and Wildlife, magma cum laude, Oregon State University, 2009.  Thesis title: Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in South Pacific breeding grounds:  Allocation from feeding areas and abundance of the French Polynesia breeding stock.

M.A.T. Science Education, magma cum laude, Pacific University, Oregon, 1997.  Thesis title:Gender inequalities in science education.

B.S. Chemistry and Biochemistry, Portland State University, Oregon, 1994.


Albertson, GR, M. Oremus, RW Baird, KK Martien, MM Poole, and CS Baker. (2016) Staying close to home: Genetic evidence reveals insular population structure for the rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis). Conservation Genetics

Schmitt, NT, MC Double, CS Baker, N Gales, S Childerhouse, AM Polanowski, DJ Steel, Albertson, GR, C. Olavrria, C Garrigue, MM Poole, N Hauser, R Constantine, D Paton, CS Jenner, SN Jarman and R Peakall. Mixed stock analysis of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on Antarctic feeding grounds. (2015). Journal of Cetacean Research and Management. 14(1) 141-157.

Oremus, M, MM Poole, GR Albertson and CS Baker 2012. Genetic and demographic assessment of population status for the rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis) around the Society Islands, French Polynesia. (2012) Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 432 pp 37-46.

Fun Fact

I enjoy mountain climbing, cycling, hiking, scuba diving and traveling to study wildlife