Dr Taylor K Chapple

Over the past 15 years, I have been studying sharks and other large marine predators around the world focused on their movements, behaviors and population dynamics. From South Africa to Australia to California, using state of the art technology, I have electronically tagged animals to gain insights into their lives when we aren’t there to observe them. At OSU, I study the sharks off our coasts and work with local communities to better understand sharks in Oregon. Relatively little is known about how white, salmon and thresher sharks affect our coastal ecosystems, but I plan to change that.

Shark Sighting in Oregon or Washington?

I need your help! Part of my research here at Oregon Statue University is understanding the movements, behaviors and distributions of sharks along our coast. If you see a shark, catch a shark or find a stranded shark please fill out the Shark Sighting Page with any information, pictures or comments. The more information you include the more we all learn about these amazing predators off our coast.

Make a Report


Linda King took this photo of the sunset and noticed what she thought might be a shark in the lower left corner.

Taylor Chapple, assistant professor at the Marine, Fishing and Wildlife Department at Oregon State University, encourages people to explore the sharks of Northern California and Oregon - all 15 species of them.

whale shark

“This study is really important because it gets rid of some of those questions about the age and growth patterns of whale sharks,” says ...

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Research Areas: Sharks, marine predators, animal movements, biologging and energetics.

Taylor’s research has primarily focused on large marine predators, most notably sharks. His background is...