This chapter was established in July 2011 and provides an opportunity for those studying marine mammals in Australia and New Zealand to share ideas, start discussions, and keep in touch with students from different labs and universities across the region.
The primary objective of the chapter is to organise biennial conferences that give participants the chance to present and discuss their research in a relaxed environment while networking with other marine mammalogy students and researchers. The 4th meeting of the SMM Australia/New Zealand Student Chapter was recently held at Griffith University’s Environmental Futures Research Institute in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (November 2018). The conference was a huge success and included 6 guest speakers, 13 student presentations, 25 attendees, and 13 out-of-state participants (from NSW, VIC, TAS, and NZ), as well as a half-day workshop on the use of the statistical software R, which was conducted the afternoon prior to the main meeting. Our next conference will tentatively be held in November 2020 in Hobart, Tasmania. Stay tuned for future details!
We would like to extend membership to any interested students from the South Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia. While we realise that geographic separation will limit our ability to facilitate face-to-face meetings, we also recognise the need for every student and young professional to have accessible to them a forum for networking beyond their immediate academic/research location. As such, we would encourage students from these regions to apply for membership, join the Australian/New Zealand Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/216733571703949/), and get involved with any and all of our research-related discussions!
The chapter is under the new and enthusiastic leadership of Jasmin Gross (Environmental Futures Research Institute at Griffith University), Cassie Speakman (Prof. John Arnold’s Lab at Deakin University) and Lara Pogson-Manning (Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory at the University of Queensland) from Australia, and Rebecca Boys (Coastal Marine Research Group at Massey University) from New Zealand. We are very grateful for the three years of Chapter leadership from Kate Indeck. She, along with invaluable assistance from Dana Cusano, organised two successful conferences and we couldn’t be more appreciative of the time and effort she poured into the Chapter and its students. We wish our freshest retirees the best of luck with the remainder of their PhDs and hope to see them as guest speakers at future Chapter meetings. They will be missed!
For any questions regarding membership or chapter activities, please contact us at the chapter email noted above.
Professional sponsors: Dr Karen Stockin, Coastal Marine Research Group, Massey University.
We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Griffith University’s Environmental Futures Research Institute and the Company of Biologists for their generous contributions, without which we would have been unable to organise our recent conference. We thank them for their support!