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The Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS)


Oregon State University
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365-5229
(541) 867-0420


Dr. Francis Chan

Research Themes

  • Marine Ecosystems and Habitat - This theme emphasizes ecosystem monitoring using new and established tools and approaches; large-scale environmental and small-scale process studies for understanding ecosystem health, habitat function, and environmental change; modeling and forecasting activities that use current and past ecological, environmental and socio-economic data.
  • Protection and Restoration of Marine Resources - This theme emphasizes the assessment, spatial planning, distributions and genetics of managed species in marine as well as estuarine habitats.
  • Seafloor Processes - This theme emphasizes seafloor spreading-center activity, volcanism and hydrothermal systems and assess their impacts on the physical, chemical and biological components of the world oceans: using the most advanced technologies in seafloor imaging, and physical, chemical, and biological oceanography.
  • Marine Bioacoustics - This theme emphasizes the marine soundscape: monitoring the levels of naturally-occuring and man-made noise in the oceans, and assessing their impacts on marine life; using the most advanced technologies for acoustic surveys in coastal and deep-ocean environments, especially remote areas of the global oceans.

Award Details

First 5-Year Award Second 5-Year Award
Award Number NA11OAR4320091A NA16OAR4320152
Award Period October 1, 2011 - September 20, 2016* October 1, 2016- September 30, 2021
Award Amount $33,760,688 $30,417,775
Performance Progress Reports October 2011 - June 2012
July 2012 - June 2013
July 2013 - June 2014
July 2014 - June 2015
July 2015 - June 2016
July 2016 - June 2017
July 2017 - September 2018
October 2016 - June 2017
July 2017 - June 2018
July 2018 - June 2019
CI Review by SAB August 2015

* CIMRS received two no-cost extensions between October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2018.

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