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


October 12, 2017

Dr. Randy Reeves – 2017 Norris Award Winner

The Board of Governors and Board of Associate Editors have selected Randy Reeves as the winner of the Kenneth S. Norris Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was established in honor of the Society’s founding president as an acknowledgement of exemplary lifetime contributions to science and society through research, teaching, and service in marine mammal science. […]

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December 3, 2016

SMM President, Jay Barlow, at Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biology Diversity

Your president, Jay Barlow, is currently representing the SMM at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-CBD) in Cancun, Mexico. The Society was invited to participate by Mexico’s environmental minister, Rafael Pachiano Alaman, who was one of the recipients of the SMM Conservation Merit Award at the last biennial. The […]

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September 10, 2016

SMM President, Jay Barlow, to attend Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 13) in December 2016

Jay Barlow, Society for Marine Mammalogy President, has been invited to attend the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 13). The purpose of this meeting is to set the scene and provide the necessary impetus to make progress on specific issues in conservation and to discuss challenges and opportunities. During COP 13, […]

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September 3, 2015

Dr. James Mead – 2015 Norris Award Winner

I am delighted to announce that the winner the 2015 Norris Award is James Mead. Jim is a truly worthy recipient of an award which was established in the name of the society’s founding president to acknowledge his exemplary lifetime contribution to science and society through research, teaching, and service in marine mammalogy. Jim is […]

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March 19, 2015

Venue Change for the 2017 SMM Conference

Greetings! Please find below a few news items of interest from the Society for Marine Mammalogy for you regarding the next two conferences and a reminder to vote. Venue Change for the 2017 SMM Conference The organizers for the planned 2017 SMM Biennial Conference in Veracruz, Mexico had to reluctantly withdraw their offer to host […]

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