The Society for Marine Mammalogy has the following standing committees: the Membership Committee, Committee of Scientific Advisors, Taxonomy Committee, Conference Committee, Scientific Program Committee, Education Committee, Awards and Scholarships Committee, Nominations/Election Committee, Board of Editors, International Relations Committee, Ethics Committee, Conservation Committee, and Student Affairs Committee. The SMM also has an ad hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, an ad hoc Social Media Committee and an ad hoc Archives Committee. Student members identified by asterisks (*).

Awards & Scholarships Committee

Lindsay Porter

The Awards and Scholarship committee recognises and supports the outstanding contribution the Society membership makes to the global advancement of marine mammal science through the development, judging, and granting of awards and scholarships, including conference awards that recognise outstanding presentations, travel grants that allow researchers to present at the biennial conference and scholarships that fund a diversity of research projects throughout the world’s oceans.

Lindsay Porter, Chair
Senior Research Scientist
SEAMAR (Hong Kong SAR)

Simon Allen (University Western Australia, Australia and Bristol University, UK)
Luis Bedrinana-Romano (Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile)
Kimberley Bennett (Abertay University, Scotland)
Daryl Boness (Editor-in-Chief, Marine Mammal Science)
Louise Chilvers (Massey University, New Zealand)
Alyson Fleming (Smithsonian, USA)
Daniela Haro Díaz (Santo Tomás University, Chile)
Leslie New (Washingtn State University, USA)
Kelsey Potlock (US Fish and Wildlife Service, USA)
Yang Wei Cheng (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)

Board of Editors for Marine Mammal Science

The Board of Editors are responsible for determining content for the Society’s journal, Marine Mammal Science, by evaluating feedback from selected reviewers and making decisions on all manuscripts submitted to the journal and special publications. The Board of Editors establishes minor policies concerning the journal and advises the Board of Governors on major policies regarding the journal. They also select the winners of the Society’s F. G. Wood Memorial Scholarship Award and John R. Twiss, Jr. Award, which are based on papers published in Marine Mammal Science, and in conjunction with the Board of Governors, vote on the candidates for the Society’s Kenneth S. Norris Lifetime Achievement Award.

daryl boness Daryl J. Boness, Editor-in-Chief
41 Green Acres Road, Hartford ME 04220-5035, USA
Phone: (+1) 207-597-2333; Fax: (+1) 207-597-2333

Patricia Rosel, Deputy Editor (NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center, USA)
John Arnould (Deakin University, Australia)
Frank Fish (West Chester University, USA)
Jaume Forcada (British Antarctic Survey, UK)
Ari Friedlaender (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)
Tracey Goldstein (University of Illinois, USA)
Phil Hammond (University of St. Andrews, Scotland)
Luis Hückstädt (University of Exeter, USA)
Janet Lanyon (University of Queenland)
Véronique Lesage, (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada)
Felix Marx (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa, New Zealand)
Kathryn A. Ono (University of New England, USA)
Adam Pack (University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA)
Mario Pardo (Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada
Unidad La Paz
, Mexico)
Guido Parra (Flinders University, Australia)
Stephanie Plön, Book Review Editor) (Nelson Mandela University, South Africa)
Denise Risch (Scottish Association for Marine Sciences, Scotland)
Sofie Van Parijs
(Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA, USA)
Randall S. Wells (
Chicago Zoological Society, USA)

Committee of Scientific Advisors

The Committee of Scientific Advisors provides advice the Board of Governors on scientific matters and assures that the information used by the Board of Governors in any decisions taken is based on the best available scientific information. It also reviews scientific material for accuracy before it is posted on the Society website with the exception of material vetted by a standing committee of the Society and manages and administers the Society’s “Small Grant in Aid of Research” program. Also see: Terms of Reference

Laura J. May-Collado, Chair
Department of Biology, University of Vermont and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama.
Phone: (+1) 802-656-4138

Enrique Alberto Crespo (National Research Council of Argentina, Argentina)
Edem Eniang (University of Uyo, Nigeria)
Robert Harcourt (Macquarie University, Australia)
Ladd Irvine* (Oregon State University, USA)
Songhai Li (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Ada Natoli (Zayed University, United Arab Emirates)
Doris Oliva (Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile)
Rachel A. Racicot (Vanderbilt University, USA)
Colleen Reichmuth (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
Laela Sayigh (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA)
Elisabeth Slooten (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Jorge Urbán R. (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Mexico)
Valeria Paz* (Florida International University, USA)

Conference Organizing Committee for Perth, Australia 2024

The Conference Committee is responsible for making all necessary arrangements for the upcoming Biennial Conference, with concurrence of the Board of Governors, including scheduling and arranging facilities and other amenities. The Conference Committee is also responsible for scheduling the scientific and conference program and all elements related to the conference, raising funds, managing conference registration, all financial transactions related to the conference and providing accounting of all financial transactions to the Board.

Krista Nicholson
Conference Co-Chair

Research Fellow
Murdoch University, Western Australia
Phone: +61 404 923 394

Daniella Hanf
Conference Co-Chair

Principal Scientist
O2Marine, Western Australia
Phone: +61 405 188 857

Delphine Chabanne
Scientific Program Co-Chair

Research Fellow
Murdoch University, Western Australia
Phone: +61 447 134 824

Simon Allen
Scientific Program Co-Chair

Senior Lecturer
University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 77047 53101

Conservation Committee

The Conservation Committee advises the Board of Governors on matters related to the conservation and management of marine mammals and provides the Board of Governors with information that may be requested from time to time.  The Conservation Committee oversees the development of Presidential Letters as a mechanism to provide timely comment on the evidence base for issues related to the conservation and management of marine mammals where the majority of the Society’s membership likely would hold the same opinion. The Conservation Committee may also award a special Conservation Merit Prize at the Biennial Conference.

Eduardo R. Secchi, Chair
Laboratório de Ecologia e Conservação da Megafauna Marinha-Ecomega
Instituto de Oceanografia
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande-FURG
Rio Grande-RS, Brazil, 96203-900
Phone: ++55 (53) 99945-3990

Masao Amano (Nagasaki University, Japan)
Katherina Audley (Whales of Guerrero, México)
Julia Dombroski*
(Syracuse University, USA)
Ari Friedlander (Duke University Marine Lab, USA)
Simon Goldsworthy (South Australia Research and Development Institute, Australia)
Phil Hammond (Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews, Scotland)
Lucy Keith-Diagne (African Aquatic Conservation Fund, Senegal)
Kit Kovacs (Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway)
Stephanie Norman (Marine-Med, USA)
Randy Reeves (Okapi Wildlife Associates, Canada)
Brian Smith (Wildlife Conservation Society, Ocean Giants Program, USA)
Barbara Taylor (Southwest Fisheries Science Center, USA)
Christina Toms*
(University of Central Florida, USA)
Randy Wells (Mote Marine Laboratory, USA)

Education Committee

The Education Committee works with students, experts, and enthusiasts to provide tools and resources to students and researchers of different backgrounds and expertise interested in building a career in marine mammal science.

Mridula Srinivasan, Chair
Marine Mammal and Turtle Division, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries, Miami, Florida, USA
Phone: +1 (301) 427-8179

Cara Gallagher* (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Elisabeth Mansur
 (WCS – Bangladesh)
Brady Rich* (Texas A&M University at Galveston)
Patricia (Patty) Sullivan, (Sanctuary Education Advisory Specialists (SEAS), LLC – USA)

Ethics Advisory Committee

The Ethics Committee serves the membership by responding to members regarding ethical issues concerning marine mammals. We strive to assure excellence in research and to assure the well being of marine mammals. We work closely with and advise the Board of Governors and consider specific ethical issues brought by the members to the Board. We advise the Editor of Marine Mammal Science on ethical issues, initiate and inform the membership on ethical issues and assist other committees as requested. Also see our Terms of Reference.

Karen Stockin, Chair
Cetacean Ecology Research Group, School of Natural and Computational Sciences, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
Phone: +64 (0)21 423997

Kristen Ampela (HDR EOC, USA)
Michelle Barbieri (NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, USA)
Caroline Casey (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA)
Ellen Hines
(San Francisco State University, USA)
Kelly Jaakkola (Dolphin Research Center, USA)
Michael Moore (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA)
Todd Ohara (University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA)
Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho (CONABIO, Mexico)
Kuit Sui Hang (Vivian)* (University of Malaysia, Malaysia)
Genyffer Cibele Troina* (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande (FURG) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brazil)

International Relations Committee

The International Relations Committee advises the Board of Governors on actions to broaden the international reach of the Society, such as facilitating the participation to the Society’s activities by members from all continents, and supporting the attendance to Biennial Conferences by non-student members from low-income countries. Also see our General Operating Principles.

Lucy Keith Diagne, Chair
African Aquatic Conservation Senegal, West Africa
Phone: +1 (508) 388-9824

Amalia Alberini (WWF Greece, Greece)
Gillian Braulik (University of Saint Andrews, UK)
Robert L. Brownell, Jr. (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
Enrique A. Crespo (Centro Nacional Patagónico, Argentina)
Asha de Vos (The Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project, Sri Lanka)
Peter Evans (Bangor University, UK)
Nobuyuki Miyazaki (Ocean Research Institute, Japan)
Marc Oremus (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Stephanie Plön (Nelson Mandela University, South Africa)
Nicola Ransome* (Murdoch University, Australia; La Orca de Sayulita, Mexico)
William Rossiter (Cetacean Society International, USA)
Dipani Sutaria (Cetacean Ecologist, Ahmedabad, India) 

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee oversees the administration, management and support of the Society’s membership, in coordination with the Society Information and Technology Manager. This includes assisting members with membership renewals, access to members’ only sections of the website, such as the journal and the membership directory.

Nicola Ransome, Chair
La Orca de Sayulita, Sayulita, México

Natalie Bowes (Independent Marine Mammal Biologist, Canada)
Delphine Chabanne* (Murdoch University, Australia)
Bill Keener (Golden Gate Cetacean Research, USA)
James Powell* (Portland State University, USA)

Nominations and Elections Committee

The Nominations/Election Committee provides the Board of Governors with a slate of no more than two candidates per office during election years, and produces, transmits and counts the ballots.

Katharina Peters, Chair
School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences, University of Wollongong
Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia

Tom Akamatsu (National Research Institute of Fisheries, Japan)
Dan Costa (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)
Taylor Hersh*, (Dalhousie University, Canada)
Heather Koopman (University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA)
Carolina Loch Santos da Silva (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Kim Parsons (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
Jonas Teilmann (National Environmental Research Institute, Denmark)
Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho (National Ecology Institute, Mexico)
Christina Toms (University of Southern Mississippi, USA)

Taxonomy Committee

The Taxonomy Committee’s mission is to keep abreast of the taxonomy of marine mammals worldwide and maintain a standard, accepted classification and nomenclature for researchers, managers, and conservationists to reference and follow. Also see: Terms of Reference

Patricia Rosel, Chair NOAA Fisheries, USA

Frederick (Eric) I. Archer, II, (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
C. Scott Baker (Oregon State University, USA)
Daryl J. Boness (University of Maine, USA)
Robert L. Brownell, Jr. (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
Morgan Churchill, (University of Wisconsin,USA)
Ana Costa (University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK)
Daryl P. Domning (Howard University, USA)
Ewan Fordyce (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Thomas A. Jefferson (NOAA Fisheries, USA)
Carl Kinze (Denmark)
Michael McGowen (Smithsonian Institution, USA)
Larissa Rosa de Oliveira (Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos, Brazil)
John Y. Wang (CetAsia Research Group, Canada)
Tadasu Yamada (National Museum of Nature and Science, Japan)

Student Affairs Committee

The Student Affairs Committee is responsible for organizing a Student Affairs Workshop and other potential student activities to be held at the Biennial Conferences, which ideally emphasize acquiring skill and advice from professionals, as well as fostering connections between Student members. The Student Affairs Committee also develops and implements a scheme to distribute student travel grants for the Biennial Conferences, facilitates and encourages the formation of Society Student Chapters, which includes maintaining, updating, and implementing the Student Chapter Guidelines and Application Form, communicates relevant information to Student Members and provides the Board of Governors with information relating to student affairs. Additionally, the Student Affairs Committee manages and maintains the SMM Student Members Facebook page and Twitter account, in coordination with the ad hoc Social Media Committee.

Student Members-at-Large:

Theresa-Anne Tatom-Naecker (USA) (2021-2023)
University of California Santa Cruz
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA
Phone: (314) 703-2210

Ayca ElemanAyça Eleman (Turkey) (2020-2024)
University of Iceland
Taeknigardur, Dunhaga 5, 107 Reykjavik, Iceland
Phone: +354 525 4700

Sophia Volzke (Australia) (2022-2024)
University of Tasmania – Institute for Marine and Antarctic Science
20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point 7004, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee helps to identify ways the Society can widen the pipeline that brings new scientists into the field, advance in their career goals, and make the Society more welcoming and inclusive of a diverse array of members. Also see: Terms of Reference

Frederick (Eric) I Archer, Chair
Southwest Fisheries Science Center 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive La Jolla, CA 92037 USA
Phone: +1 858 546 7121

Charlotte Boyd (University of Washington, USA)
Mel Cosentino (Porpoise Lady, Denmark and Norway)
Asha De Vos
(Oceanswell, Sri Lanka)
Sheyka Fadela (WWF-Indonesia, GEF-UNEP Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project, Indonesia)
Shiva Javdan (Trent University, Canada)
Jeremy Kiszka
 (Florida International University, USA)
Yoko Mitani (Hokkaido University, Japan)
Ayaka Amaha Ozturk (Istanbul University, Turkey)
Daniel Palacios (Oregon State University, USA)
Frances Robertson (San Juan County Marine Program, USA)
Sabena Siddiqui (Oregon State University, USA)
Cynthia Smith
(National Marine Mammal Foundation, USA)
Aristide Takoukam Kamla
 (African Marine Mammal Conservation Organization, Cameroon)
Amy Van Cise (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA)

Ad hoc Social Media Committee

Nicola Ransome (La Orca de Sayulita, Mexico)
Mridula Srinivasan (NOAA, USA)
Katherina Audley (Information and Technology Manager, Society for Marine Mammalogy; Whales of Guerrero)

Ad hoc Archives Committee

Doug Wartzok, Chair (Floria International University, USA)

Thomas Jefferson (Clymene Enterprises, USA)
Sarah Piwetz (Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, USA)