Committees

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
SMRU Asia Pacific, The University of St. Andrews 1102 Midtown, 11 Hoi Shing Road, Tseun Wan, Hong Kong
Email: lindsay.jp@gmail.com

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)
Manuel Eduardo L. de la Paz (University of Saint La Salle, Philippines)
Alyson Fleming (Smithsonian, USA)
Daniela Haro Díaz (Santo Tomás University, Chile)

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
University of New England Department of Marine Science c/o 41 Green Acres Road, Hartford ME 04220-5035, USA
Phone: (+1) 207-597-2333 Fax: (+1) 207-597-2333
Email: mmsci@megalink.net

Patricia Rosel, Deputy Editor (NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center, USA)
John Arnould (Deakin University, Australia)
Frank Fish (West Chester University, USA)
Ewan Fordyce (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Jaume Forcada (British Antarctic Survey, UK)
Ari Friedlaender (Duke University, USA)
Tracey Goldstein (Wildlife Health Center, University of California Davis, USA)
Ailsa Hall (University of St. Andrews, Scotland)
Phil Hammond (University of St. Andrews, Scotland)
John Hildebrand (University of California San Diego, USA)
Luis Hückstädt (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)
Janet Lanyon (University of Queenland)
Véronique Lesage, (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada)
Kathryn A. Ono (University of New England, USA)
Adam Pack (University of Hawaii at Hilo, USA)
Daniel Palacios (Oregon State University, USA)
Susan Parks (Syracuse University, USA)
Guido Parra (Flinders University, Australia)
Stephanie Plön, Book Review Editor) (Nelson Mandela University, South Africa)
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

WartzokDoug Wartzok, Chair
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St, MARC 313 Miami, Florida 33199-0001 USA
Phone: (+1) 305-348-3430 Fax: (+1) 305-348-6389
Email: wartzok@fiu.edu

Enrique Alberto Crespo (National Research Council of Argentina, Argentina)
Robert Harcourt (Macquarie University, Australia)
Ladd Irvine* (Oregon State University, USA)
Songhai Li (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Laura May-Collado (University of Vermont, USA)
Paul Rodrigue Ngafack (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, Ghana)
Doris Oliva (Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile)
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)

Conference Committee for Palm Beach, Florida 2021

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.

Amy C. Hirons, Co-Chair

Associate Professor
Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
Nova Southeastern University
Dania Beach, FL 33004, USA
(o) 954-262-3620
hirons@nova.edu

Jeremy Kiszka Co-Chair

Assistant Professor
College of Arts, Science, and Education
Florida International University
North Miami, FL  33181, USA
(o) 305-919-4104

jkiszka@fiu.edu

Stephen Trumble (Scientific Program Chair)

Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Baylor University
Waco, TX 76798, USA
(o) 254-710-2128

stephen_trumble@baylor.edu

Sascha Usenko, Scientific Program Co-Chair

Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Science
Baylor University
Waco, TX 76798, USA
+1 254 710 2128

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.

TaylorBBarbara Taylor, Chair
5072 Gasconade Ave. San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (+1) 858-546-5620
Email: Barbara.Taylor@noaa.gov

Masao Amano (Nagasaki University, Japan)
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)
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
Chief, Protected Species Science Branch (PSSB) NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology Silver Spring, Maryland
Phone: +1 (301) 427-8179
Email: mridula.srinivasan@noaa.gov

Elisabeth Mansur (WCS – Bangladesh)
Patricia (Patty) Sullivan, (Sanctuary Education Advisory Specialists (SEAS), LLC – USA)
Cindy Peter (University of Malaysia,  Malaysia)
Meredith Thornton (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Saia Bartes (University of Comahue, Argentina)
Elrika D’souza (Nature Conservation Foundation – India
Rebecca Boys*, (Massey University, New Zealand)

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.

Paul Nachtigall, Chair
Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii 46-007 Lilipuna Road, Kaneohe Hawaii 96744 USA
Phone: 1 808 247 5297 Fax: 1 808 247 5831
Email: nachtiga@hawaii.edu

Kristen Ampela (HDR EOC, USA)
Michelle Barbieri (NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service)
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.

sciara Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Chair
Tethys Research Institute Acquario Civico, Viale Gadio 2, 20121 Milano, Italy
Phone: (+39) 335-637-6035 Fax: (+39) 02-700-518-468
Email: international@marinemammalscience.org

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)
Lucy Keith-Diagne (African Aquatic Conservation Fund, Senegal)
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.

parsonsChris Parsons, Chair
Communications & analysis specialist, Oceans Division, National Science Foundation
Email: members@marinemammalscience.org

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.

Emer Rogan, Chair
University College Cork, Ireland Senior Lecturer School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences Enterprise Centre Distillery Fields
Telephone: +353 21 490 4645
Email: e.rogan@ucc.ie

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:

Raquel García Vernet (Spain) (2018-2020)
Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences University of Barcelona Diagonal, 643, 08028 Barcelona
Phone: +34 93 402 14 53
Email: rgarciaver@ub.edu

Eric Angel Ramos (USA) (2019-2021)
Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology
The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
E-mail: eric.angel.ramos@gmail.com

 

Ayca ElemanAyça Eleman (Turkey) (2020-2022)
University of Iceland
Taeknigardur, Dunhaga 5, 107 Reykjavik, Iceland
E-mail: aycaeleman@gmail.com
Phone: +354 525 4700

Ad hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

The ad hoc 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 (Co-Chair)
Southwest Fisheries Science Center 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive La Jolla, CA 92037 USA
Phone: +1 858 546 7121
Email: eric.archer@noaa.gov

Tara M. Cox (Co-Chair) Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences Savannah State University Savannah, GA 31404 USA
Phone: +1-912-358-4097
Email: coxt@savannahstate.edu

Charlotte Boyd (University of Washington, USA)
Asha De Vos (Oceanswell, Sri Lanka)
Sheyka Fadela (WWF-Indonesia, GEF-UNEP Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project, Indonesia)
Pavel Gol’Din (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine)
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)
Aristide Takoukam Kamla (African Marine Mammal Conservation Organization, Cameroon)
Amy Van Cise (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA)

Ad hoc Social Media Committee

Chris Parsons (National Science Foundation, USA)
Mridula Srinivasan (NOAA, USA)
Katherina Audley (Information and Technology Manager, Society for Marine Mammalogy; Whales of Guerrero)

Ad hoc Archives Committee

Heather Koopman (University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA)
Doug Wartzok (Floria International University, USA)