Category Archives: Funding and Awards

A Fun Way to Support SMM Student Travel Grants

Dear SMM members and conference attendees,

October is fast approaching, and with it comes our biennial conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia! We’re looking forward to learning about all of the amazing marine mammal research you’ve been conducting. Additionally, over 300 SMM student members will be presenting at the 2017 conference. However, the costs associated with conference transportation and accommodation are significant, especially on a student budget.

In an effort to raise additional student funds, conference organizers, Tonya and Hilary (Tonya and Hilary Plan Smm2017), as well as members of the conference organizing committee and the student affairs committee, will collectively run over 50 kilometers in the Halifax-based, pirate-themed Maritime Race Weekend on September 16, 2017.

If you are able, please help support the development of emerging SMM marine researchers by sponsoring our runners as they work to raise funds for travel grants for students presenting at the upcoming conference. Every donation helps!

Donate today at:

Thank you!
-The SMM Student Affairs Committee

Coll Perske Memorial Fund for Marine Mammals Student Presentation Award(s): Call for Applications (Due July 12, 2017)

On April 28, 2014, we lost an amazing friend and colleague, Coll Gordon Perske. To honor Coll’s life and unwavering dedication to marine mammals, the National Marine Mammal Foundation established the Coll Perske Memorial Fund for Marine Mammals.  The mission of the fund is to improve the lives of marine mammals, with a focus on California sea lions, through scientific research, education, and promotion of ocean stewardship.  The first project launched by the Coll Perske Memorial Fund is the Perske Pinniped Health Project.  The Perske Pinniped Health Project will focus on research that continues to enhance the health and welfare of all pinnipeds, with a special emphasis on the California sea lion.

Award Description

The Coll Perske Memorial Fund will be providing two $200 awards for the 22nd Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (October 22-27, 2017). Awards will be given to student members (undergraduate or graduate) of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) that are selected for oral presentations regarding research with pinnipeds.

Award winners will be chosen based on the quality of their abstracts, and the alignment of their research with the interests of the Coll Perske Memorial Fund (see Special consideration will be given to research projects with California sea lions, which were of special importance to Coll.

To apply, please send the following material to by July 12, 2017:

  1. A copy of the abstract submitted to the SMM conference
  2. Proof of student registration for the SMM conference
  3. Proof of acceptance for an oral presentation

Award winners will be notified by August 2017.

For more information please visit

Smith Fellows 2018 Call for Proposals Announced

The Society for Conservation Biology is pleased to solicit applications for the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program. These two year postdoctoral fellowships provide support for outstanding early-career scientists who want to better link conservation science and theory with policy and management, improving and expanding their research skills while directing their efforts towards conservation problems of pressing concern for the United States.

Click here to read more.

2017 WDC Bharathi Viswanathan Award for Innovative and Non-Invasive Research

WDC is delighted to announce the 2017 WDC Bharathi Viswanathan Award for Innovative and Non-Invasive Research. WDC strives to ensure that non-invasive research methods are promoted as a guiding principle, both for the organisation and the researchers that we fund.

 Up to £5,000 is available for the recipient of this annual award. The only restrictions that apply are that the project must utilize only non-invasive techniques and ultimately aim to benefit the conservation management or welfare of whales and/or dolphins. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate the use of either novel techniques, or existing techniques used in novel circumstances.

 Applications must be on a WDC Research Award Form ( OR ) and will be accepted at any time until the closing date, mid-day (GMT) April 24th 2017. The award recipient will be chosen by May 22nd 2017. All applicants will be notified whether successful or not.

Through this Award, WDC aims to provide a platform for developing new non-invasive research methodologies and innovative approaches towards studying cetaceans.

 Please visit our website for more details

Good luck,

John Heyning Award Winner 2016

The John E. Heyning Award is for the best proposal received from an established researcher to investigate any area of cetacean integrative biology that relates to diverse aspects of biology within an evolutionary context. Many thanks to the review committee who assessed the five applicants submitted in 2016.


The winner is  Rachel. A. Racicot 

Predicting hearing sensibilities of beaked whales using inner ear morphology

EBS Award Winners 2016

The Emily B. Shane Award (EBS) supports conservation-oriented, non-harmful field research on free-ranging Odontocetes and Sirenians. The award honours Emily B. Shane (1924-1995), a fine amateur naturalist and dedicated conservationist. There were more than 30 eligible applicants for the 2016 awards and many thanks to the two review teams who assessed the proposals.

The 2016 winners are:
Shambhu Paudel

Understanding the effects of artisanal fishing on the ecology of Ganges River dolphin in Nepal






Federico Secunza
Filling a Conservation Gap: Bycatch estimates of the Franciscana dolphin in southern Brazil

2016 Small Grants-in-Aid of Research Recipients

Forty-eight applications from 15 countries were received for the 2016 SMM Small Grants-in-Aid of Research program. The Society was able to fund 12 of the applications. All applicants received valued feedback on their proposals from the members of the Committee of Scientific Advisors who evaluated the applications. The award recipients will be conducting a range of research on marine mammal science and conservation as indicated by the following list of applicants and projects funded.

See the list of 2016 Small Grants-in-Aid Research Recipients here.

Small Grants-in-Aid of Research Program Accepting Proposals June 1-30 2016

The Society for Marine Mammalogy would like to inform eligible members (see below) that this year’s application window opens on 1 June 2016. Applications will be accepted during the entire month of June. The Committee of Scientific Advisors will review applications and make recommendations on funding with decisions announced before 1 September 2016. The awards are up to US $1,500. All three of the following eligibility requirements must be met:

1. Be a member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy
2. Be a national of a country with a developing economy as defined by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) (preference is given to early career researchers such as students and researchers with less than 5 years post-doctoral experience)
3. Be conducting research in a country with a developing economy

The Small Grant web page provides full information, links to past successful applications, a list of recipients from prior years and their completed project reports, and a link to the application itself. Please be mindful of the word limits in the various sections of the application.

For technical questions regarding the online application, please email

For all other questions about the grants, please contact:

Douglas Wartzok
Committee of Scientific Advisors
Society for Marine Mammalogy

The John E Heyning Award 2016

John E. Heyning was a marine biologist with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County who furthered research on whales and helped build one of the world’s largest collections of marine mammals. As the museum’s deputy director and one of its curators, he was instrumental in amassing its more than 4,000 specimens. Only the Smithsonian Institution in Washington has a larger collection. John’s research focused on the natural history, anatomy, evolution and conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises, especially delphinids and ziphiids. This grant is presented in accordance with John’s last wishes and is for the best proposal received from an established researcher to investigate any area of cetacean integrative biology that relates diverse aspects of biology within an evolutionary context. A single biennial grant of up to $5,000 will be considered.

Due Date: Applications are to be submitted by 1 July 2016 (midnight GMT). No application shall be accepted after the deadline.

Submission: via email to the Awards and Scholarships Chair, Lindsay Porter ( with subject line “JEH Award 2016”.

Eligibility: The award is available to established researchers only. The application will be submitted by the person conducting the research. The applicant must be a member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy

The application must include the following materials; ·

  • A proposal, not exceeding ten (10) pages in length (Times font, 12 point type, single space, 2 cm margins) in an editable file format (e.g., .doc*, .txt, etc.).
  • A list of research / other grants obtained in last five years.
  • Research permits and/or ethical approval from a relevant authority (if appropriate) or state that these may have to be obtained if grant is successful.
  • A current C.V.

Award recipients will be announced 3 October 2016

Nominations for ECI and IRPE Prize Winners

ECI and IRPE Prize Winners

Nominations for ECI and IRPE Prize Winners

Since 1986, the International Ecology Institute in Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany (Founder Prof. Dr Otto Kinne) has selected each year two top performers in the field of ecology: the winner of the Ecology Institute (ECI) Prize (which carries an endowment of €6000) and the winner of the International Recognition of Professional Excellence (IRPE) Prize (which carries an endowment of €3000).

The Prize Winners are selected by a jury consisting of 7 distinguished ecologists, chosen by the Institute’s director. The prizes are awarded in annual sequence to marine, terrestrial or freshwater ecologists distinguished by outstanding and sustained scientific achievements. The Ecology Institute prize both honours the recipient and requires him or her to serve science and society by authoring a book published in the series “Excellence in Ecology” and made available worldwide on a non-profit basis. The expectation is that the the text and figures of the book will be submitted within three years of the award of the prize. The books present the personal experiences, insights and visions of their authors. They should criticize freely, and courageously formulate new scientific concepts. EE books are often donated to libraries in developing countries.

Ecology Institute prize winners, their major achievements and their EE book titles are listed under ECI Prize Winners. International Recognition of Professional Excellence prize winners and their major achievements are listed under IRPE Prize. The aims of the International Ecology Institute are summarized at International Ecology Institute.

Call for nominations 2016 in Marine Ecology

Nominations are invited from research ecologists worldwide. Candidates must be in agreement with the nomination, and with the attached requirement (for the ECI Prize) to write a book. Nominations should include a brief statement why, in the opinion of the nominator, the nominee qualifies for the prize, as well as the candidate’s CV, publication list, and a short outline of the book that the candidate would wish to write if successful, with an expected completion date. Nominations and accompanying documents should be sent to the Director of the Ecology Institute, Professor Brian Moss ( by March 15, 2016