Thanks to everyone that made our first student conference a success!!! We have posted pictures from the conference on our new Facebook Group


2013 SMM Student Conference Abstract book


Click here for the preliminary schedule of talks!


We have confirmed our speakers for our inaugural student conference!! We are happy to announce that Dr. Jerry Kooyman, Dr. Dan Costa, and Dr. Ari Friedlander have all accepted our invitation to speak at the meeting. Drs Kooyman and Friedlander will be speaking on Saturday Oct. 26th, and Dr. Costa will be giving a presentation on Sunday Oct. 27th. Thanks to everyone that submitted abstracts and remember that it is not too late to register to attend the meeting!

First Annual Meeting of the California Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy

October 26 & 27, 2013

Hosted by: University of California Santa Cruz

 Registration and abstract submission for the meeting is now open!

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 Meeting Highlights:

  • Student Presentations
  • Opportunity to network with other California graduate students
  • Plenary presentation- speaker TBD
  • Saturday evening BBQ (optional)
  • Local activities

Registration and Abstract Submission:

We are currently accepting student registration and abstract submission for our first annual conference. Abstract submission will remain open until September 15th, 2013, and registration will remain open until October 15th, 2013. We encourage registration and abstract submissions from graduate and undergraduate students alike, including students that have recently graduated. We also encourage submissions from California graduate students that are studying other large marine vertebrates that may not have a similar opportunity to present at student conferences. Preference may be given to graduate student submissions depending on the number of abstracts submitted. Please email us at if you have any issues with registering or submitting an abstract for the conference. This will be an excellent opportunity to present your research as well as to potentially practice talks to be given at the 20th Biennial Marine Mammal Conference in New Zealand in December.

We realize that everyone has limited resources to travel to and attend the conference. We hope to be able to provide accommodation for students with local graduate students. Please make sure to indicate on the survey if you require a place to stay during the meeting. There may be a small fee associated with registration (no more than $15) to help cover the costs of snacks, coffee, etc.

Social Events:

  • Saturday night BBQ following talks and poster session
  • We hope to be able to provide tours of Long Marine Lab and the research that is currently ongoing with captive animals

More details to come as we get closer to the meeting!

California Student SMM – 2013 Meeting