Robert Suryan

Associate Professor - Senior Research, HMSC Adjunct Faculty, Marine Resource Management, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
rob.suryan [at]

Office: 541-867-0223

Hatfield Marine Science Center

Hatfield Marine Science Center 2030 SE Marine Science Drive

Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365

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.

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Affiliated with: 
Fisheries and Wildlife Science
Courses Taught: 

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


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

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