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
July 6, 2013
by Helene Marsh
Preparations are well underway for the SMM biennial in New Zealand with a near record number of abstract submissions . All the abstracts have been reviewed and the results posted on the web. If you need letters of support to obtain an New Zealand visa or travel funds from your institution, I am in the […]