About Us

smmlogoblue1The Society for Marine Mammalogy, founded in 1981, is a non-profit entity.

Our Mission

The mission of the international Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) is to promote the global advancement of marine mammal science and contribute to its relevance and impact in education, conservation and management.

Our Objectives

  • 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.
  • Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in its membership, leadership, and readership.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The Society for Marine Mammalogy is dedicated to enhancing diversity in its membership, leadership, and readership. The society recognizes that the field of marine mammal science is only strengthened by the participation of people representing all ages, career stages and professional status, races, national, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, and physical abilities.

Our Membership

The 2000+ members of our society hail from 56 countries and range from beginning students of marine biology to the world’s leading experts in marine mammalogy. We welcome all with an interest in marine mammal science to become a member of our organization.

Our membership demographics, as of December 2017: