News from the President and Board

Jay Barlow & berg IMG_1235As Society President, Jay is invested in promoting the goals of the SMM’s conservation committee in the worldwide conservation of marine mammals and in being the go-to source for governments and NGOs to obtain facts and unbiased reviews. He also is promoting the Society’s role in educating the next generation of marine mammal scientists, with an emphasis in establishing research programs in coastal nations that are currently lacking any marine mammal research infrastructure. Jay’s background includes leading a cetacean and pinniped research program within NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in California, where he has worked for 34 years. He received his PhD from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) in 1982, and now, as an Adjunct Professor at SIO, teaches and advises graduate students. Jay’s research interests are in assessing human impacts on marine mammal populations, estimating their abundance and dynamics, understanding their role in marine ecosystems, and developing survey methods that use passive acoustics to detect and localize cetaceans. He has authored or co-authored 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, 75 government reports, and edited one book and has been chief scientist on 13 major research expeditions. In addition to his work along the U.S. West Coast, he has conducted cetacean research in the Mexico, Central and South America, Hawaii, the Antarctic, the Caribbean, New Zealand, Tonga, and in the Yangtze and Amazon rivers. Jay published the first abundance estimate for vaquita and has served on the recovery team and the acoustic monitoring steering committee for this species.

December 3, 2016

SMM President, Jay Barlow, at Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biology Diversity

Your president, Jay Barlow, is currently representing the SMM at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-CBD) in Cancun, Mexico. The Society was invited to participate by Mexico’s environmental minister, Rafael Pachiano Alaman, who was one of the recipients of the SMM Conservation Merit Award at the last biennial. The […]

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September 10, 2016

SMM President, Jay Barlow, to attend Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 13) in December 2016

Jay Barlow, Society for Marine Mammalogy President, has been invited to attend the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 13). The purpose of this meeting is to set the scene and provide the necessary impetus to make progress on specific issues in conservation and to discuss challenges and opportunities. During COP 13, […]

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September 3, 2015

Dr. James Mead – 2015 Norris Award Winner

I am delighted to announce that the winner the 2015 Norris Award is James Mead. Jim is a truly worthy recipient of an award which was established in the name of the society’s founding president to acknowledge his exemplary lifetime contribution to science and society through research, teaching, and service in marine mammalogy. Jim is […]

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March 19, 2015

Venue Change for the 2017 SMM Conference

Greetings! Please find below a few news items of interest from the Society for Marine Mammalogy for you regarding the next two conferences and a reminder to vote. Venue Change for the 2017 SMM Conference The organizers for the planned 2017 SMM Biennial Conference in Veracruz, Mexico had to reluctantly withdraw their offer to host […]

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December 10, 2014

December Update from Nick Gales

Christmas greetings to you all. I hope you are able to find time to immerse yourselves with friends and family and take pause before 2015 sweeps us up into another busy year. Two weeks ago we held the annual meeting of the SMM Board in San Francisco. The organising committee for the 21st Biennial Conference […]

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