News from the President and Board
Meet SMM President, D. Ann Pabst
I attended my first Biennial in Boston in 1983, and have been a member of SMM since 1987, when I joined as a graduate student. I have been privileged to serve our Society as its Secretary (1998-2002), a member of the Committee of Scientific Advisors (2004-2008), and an Associate Editor of Marine Mammal Science (2004-2007). I have enthusiastically participated in student-focused activities at many Biennials, from judging to Student Affairs Workshops. In all capacities, I am reminded of our Society’s commitment to high-quality scholarship, evidence-based conservation efforts, and the future, through our thoughtful mentoring and support of students.
As way of background, I am a Professor of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where I have the pleasure of working with many fine students and colleagues to investigate the biology of marine mammals. Our lab’s research efforts are both basic and applied. We ask how the mammalian body is adapted for a marine existence with special focus on musculoskeletal and thermoregulatory design. We also document the distribution of cetaceans in areas of current or planned anthropogenic impacts. We utilize the investigation of strandings, as well as insights from both these approaches, to inform conservation efforts.
I believe strongly that our Society’s strength lies within its dedicated and diverse membership. We share a commitment to excellence in research, education, and conservation and to the future through our unwavering investment in students. These investments in scholarship and training – across disciplines and ocean basins – are required as we, and marine mammals, face the challenges posed by our rapidly changing global environment. We have been fortunate as a Society to have excellent and effective leaders who have guided us on our path thus far. As President, I am working hard to build upon our traditions and strengths, as we face the challenges – and identify the opportunities – in our future.
-D. Ann Pabst
August 1, 2019
Aloha SMM Community- One of my responsibilities for the Society is to bring to the membership options for the venue for our 2023 Biennial (as a reminder 2021 will be in Florida). As we have in the past, we are reaching out to the membership to engage with groups who may wish to host the conference […]
March 18, 2019
by D. Ann Pabst
Hello Friends and Colleagues, As I write you today, I am still getting my “land legs” after having the distinct pleasure of joining an international team of students and other colleagues for a leg of an offshore research cruise. Our goal was simple, to enhance our understanding of the abundance, distribution and behavior of cetaceans […]
December 1, 2018
by D. Ann Pabst
Hello Good Colleagues! It has been a busy few months for the Society, and I would like to highlight just a few of these events here. To begin, please join me in welcoming Dr. Mridula Srinivasan as our new Chair of the Education Committee. Mridula is a very active member of the SMM and helped lead the […]
October 4, 2018
by D. Ann Pabst
Hello Friends and Colleagues, It is a pleasure, and my honor, to be writing you as President, to share news from the Board, and to highlight a few of the events that you will read more about below. An important role of each incoming Board is to carry out a review our Committees, as the vibrancy and […]
July 19, 2018
It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Dr. Jeanette A. Thomas passed away on 16 July 2018. Dr. Thomas was the 7th President of our Society (1994-1996) and had a long and distinguished career of leadership in the marine mammal world. She was Editor of Aquatic Mammals, served as a scientific […]