The Society for Marine Mammalogy, founded in 1981, is a non-profit entity.
- Evaluate and promote the educational, scientific and managerial advancement of marine mammal science.
- Gather and disseminate to members of the Society, the public and public and private institutions, scientific, technical and management information through publications and meetings.
- Provide scientific information, as required, on matters related to the conservation and management of marine mammal resources.
Depending on level of membership, members can receive:
- Subscription to the peer-reviewed journal Marine Mammal Science (MMS) in print or on-line, published quarterly by Wiley-Blackwell;
- Participation in our international biennial conferences on the biology of marine mammals at the reduced member's registration fee rate, including the December 2013 conference in Dunedin, New Zealand;
- A 25% discount on all Wiley-Blackwell products;
- Eligibility for conference travel grants to PIs in developing and soft-currency nations;
- Access to the Member Area of our Web site, which includes access to:
- job postings;
- instant online access to MMS;
- early access to MMS "latest articles" set to come out in the next print issue;
- member directory including hundreds of your colleagues, voting and more;
- the most up-to-date list of marine mammal species and subspecies in the Taxonomy section of website; members receive the privilege of being able to comment on-line;
- Voting privileges;
- Rights to run for elective office on the Board of Governors;
- The ability to help guide the development of the field of marine mammal science by serving on standing and ad hoc Society committees such as the Ethics, Conservation, Scientific Advisory, Education, or Taxonomy Committees;
- The ability to raise important marine mammal issues of concern for timely action by the Society for Marine Mammalogy through the Presidential Letter process;
- As student members, access to peers through regional student chapters, and exposure to the top scientists in the field of marine mammal science;
- The opportunity for participation in the great tradition of scientific societies by being part of the organized dialogue of science that has existed at least since the founding of the Royal Society in England. The first issue (1665) of their journal, Philosophical Transactions, defined characteristics of Society members as those whose "desires after solid and useful knowledge may be further entertained, ingenious endeavours and undertakings cherished, and those addicted to and conversant in such matters, may be invited and encouraged to search, try, and find out new things, impart their knowledge to one another, and contribute what they can to the grand design of improving natural knowledge."
Join SMM today!