Lab For Animal Behavioral Interaction Research in the Ocean

We study the intersections between behaviour and ecology, humans and non-humans

Behaviour is everything organisms do from the moment they are born until the moment they die. Ecology is all the resultant relationships among these organisms and with the environment. But everything that organisms do (including ourselves) has an impact on something else —we interact. We interact with the environment, with our peers, with other species. And these interactions have consequences.

We Are Interested

in mapping the network formed by these interactions to measure their consequences for individual organisms, their populations, and their communities 

We Study intersections

 between behaviour and ecology both theoretically and in the field, combining computer models with real-world data

We are focusing

on the interactions between humans and marine animals, because of their learning ability, social complexity, and the exciting fieldwork challenges



by the numbers

“Labirinto” is Portuguese for ‘labyrinth’, or ‘a network of intercommunicating paths forming a complex system that causes bewilderment and perplexity’. Metaphorically, a ‘labirinto’ represents the web of complex relationships that Nature is, and the challenge that humans face of navigating it without disrupting it.

Dr. Mauricio Cantor

Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences  Marine Mammal Institute                                                           Oregon State University                                                               Hatfield Marine Science Center                                                     2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Office #356
Newport, OR 97365, USA
Email: mauricio.cantor ‘at’ oregonstate ‘dot’ edu
Phone: +1 (541) 8670-357