Robert Suryan
Associate Professor - Senior Research, HMSC Adjunct Faculty, Marine Resource Management, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Marine Ecology

OSU Campus
Fisheries and Wildlife
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive Education Bldg, Rm 11
Newport, OR 97365
United States
(541) 867-0223


I study how changes in the marine environment affect the foraging ecology, reproduction, and population dynamics of mid to upper trophic-level consumers, especially seabirds. I use satellite remote sensing applications to study atmospheric and oceanographic effects on animal distribution, identification of biological “hotspots,” and the effects of climate change. Research tools that I use include animal tracking, colony-based observational studies, vessel-based surveys, time series analyses, habitat modeling, and stable isotope analyses for dietary and food web studies. I conduct fieldwork off Oregon, Alaska, Japan, and Hawaii.


FW 111 Intro to Mar Life in the Sea - Seabirds
FW 499 Ecology of Mar and Est Birds


PhD, 2006, Wildlife Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
MS, 1995, Marine Science, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Moss Landing, CA
BS, 1989, Wildlife Management, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

I accept graduate students for the Fisheries and Wildlife Department

Fun Fact

Enjoys adventures with my wife, Kim (also a marine biologist), and our son, Lucas. Outdoor activities, especially watersports and wildlife viewing.