Alaska Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (AKSMM)

Welcome to the webpage for the Alaska Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (AKSMM)! Our chapter was founded to the community of marine mammal graduate and undergraduate students in the state of Alaska.

Research in Alaska poses a set of unique challenges and part of our goal as a chapter is to assist each other in overcoming these issues. We host quarterly meetings where we discuss these issues, invite researchers to speak, and to coordinate chapter activities. It is the ultimate goal of the AKSMM to foster a sense of comradery and collaboration in a state where we are stretched far and wide.

Our chapter is open to all Alaskan student researchers. Check out our Website and Facebook group page for more information: and

Professional Sponsors: Dr. Shannon Atkinson, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, UAF CFOS Fisheries Division

2023 Chapter C0-Leads

Juneau Representative: Sonia Kumar, University of Alaska-Fairbanks (M.S. Candidate)

Anchorage Representative: Chelsea Kovalcsik, University of Alaska-Fairbanks (M.S. Student)

Fairbanks Representative: Alex Sletten, University of Alaska-Fairbanks (M.S. Student)