Profiles of Progress: Meet Lisa Ballance, Director of OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute


ast fall, Dr. Lisa Ballance took the helm as the new director of the Marine Mammal Institute (MMI) at Oregon State University. Ballance succeeded Bruce Mate, who retired after serving as director of MMI since its inception in 2006. OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences is the academic home of the institute.

We visited with Ballance at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, where she is based, to talk about her experience, research, and vision of MMI’s future. For more background information about Lisa, check out the press release below announcing her appointment.

Press Release


Profiles of Progress is a new digital feature consisting of video interviews with the people who contribute to the College of Agricultural Sciences’ world-class research on agriculture and food systems, natural resource management, rural economic development and human health.

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