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Marine Section Membership

The membership of the Marine Section is multinational and multidisciplinary in nature. Our membership cuts across professionals and non-professionals in the field of marine conservation biology and disciplines that directly or indirectly affect nature conservation. We encourage students to join the Section to pursue the mission of the SCB at large. You can always find something to contribute to our mission, no matter your background.

Our general membership comprises any member of the Society for Conservation Biology wishing to support the goals of the Marine Section. Voting members are those SCB members who by SCB by-laws have officially identified themselves by way of registering to vote in the Marine Section. Any member of the SCB has the opportunity to join two sections as a voting member.

If you are already an SCB member, choose your section(s) by editing your member profile at any other time. When you renew your membership is another opportunity to choose sections. After joining, you may decide to participate in any of the number of teams and committees under the Marine Section and your contribution will be a valuable one.

Please read the Marine Section Bylaws for additional information on the Section foundations.

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You can join the Marine Section (at no cost) by logging in to your SCB Membership Profile.


Elections for the Marine Section Board are held online each April and/or November. A call for statements of intent will be made via the Marine Section listserv each year. There are nine Marine Section Board members, and each serves a 3 year term. Terms are staggered such that only 3 officers retire each year.

To be eligible for these positions, you must be an active member of the Marine Section of SCB, and maintain your membership throughout your term of office. (Membership dues start at $10 (no journal subscriptions included) and can be accessed at Ability to attend SCB annual meetings is preferred. Marine Board meetings generally convene via telephone conference calls, and limited funds are available to defray these expenses if necessary.

The nine board members will determine the officer positions (President, President-Elect, Membership Officer, Policy Officer, Science and Education Officer, and International Officer) at their first Board of Directors meeting subsequent to the November elections. As noted, the chairs of these committees also represent the Marine Section as liaisons to SCB committees. Job duties are as follows:

The President shall organize and preside over meetings of the Board and of the Membership at annual meetings. The President shall serve as the Section's representative on the Society's Board of Governors at two meetings per year. The President is chair of the Program committee, whose responsibility is to organize membership events and symposia at annual meetings in order to further increase marine participation in the Society. The President is the Marine Section liaison to the SCB Board of Governors.

The Communications Officer shall maintain the Marine section web site and listserv, and maintain historical records and a roster of members. In addition, the Communications Officer shall help prepare newsletters to members of the section and quarterly section notes for the Society newsletter. The Communications Officer is chair of the Communications committee.

The Treasurer shall maintain the section's annual budget and distribute funds for Section activities. The Treasurer shall coordinate fund raising activities and shall keep track of marine conservation funding opportunities to be included in the marine newsletter, listserv or web site.

The Education Officer is chair of the Marine Conservation Science committee, whose duty is to prepare reviews of current marine science to be included in the newsletter, web site, and listserv in order to keep Section members informed about current conservation research on a regional or global scale and help facilitate awareness of regional conservation science by Society members outside the Section. The Education Officer is the Marine Section liaison to the SCB Education Committee.

The Policy Officer is chair of the Policy Committee, whose duty is to keep Section members informed about current conservation issues on a regional or global scale and help facilitate awareness of regional conservation issues by Society members outside the Section. The Policy committee shall also organize and write Resolutions and Public Advocacy statements on behalf of the section for review and action. The Policy Officer is the Marine Section liaison to the SCB Policy Committee.

The Student Matters Officer will lead efforts to develop student chapters and encourage student participation in SCB and the Section. The Student Matters Officer is the Marine Section liaison to the SCB Student Affairs Committee.

The Conference Officer shall organize and promote marine content in the SCB annual meeting, develop the program and activities schedule for the Section at annual meetings and outreach events that promote membership in the marine section. The committee will participate in the process of selecting where the annual meetings will be held and provide guidance to the local organizing committee of each annual meeting. The Conference Officer is the Marine Section liaison to the SCB Conference Committee.

The Publications Officer will work with the SCB on marine content within SCB publications and act as a liaison between the Section and the SCB Publications Committee. The Publications Officer is the Marine Section liaison to the SCB Publications Committee.

The Development Officer shall chair the Funding and Development Committee which shall raise funds for the Section’s priorities, including Section representation at SCB annual meetings, independent Marine Section meetings, international participation in the Board, and the Section operating budget. The Development Officer is the Marine Section liaison to the SCB Development Committee.

Featured Sea Star

Alexandra Morton will give the 2nd Dr. Ransom A. Myers Memorial lecture at IMCC 2011.  She moved to a remote archipelago in British Columbia in 1984 to begin a  year-round study of killer whales. Ten years later her study area began to flash classic warning signals that the salmon feedlot industry was over-loading the ecosystem: toxic algae blooms, displacement of the whales, loss of salmon, massive parasite outbreaks and decay of the local community. As the only biologist on scene Morton began doing the science government required. Her remote home is now the Salmon Coast Field Station and Simon Fraser University gave her an honorary doctorate for her work on impact of salmon feedlot-origin sea lice on wild salmon. Her work continues.

We feature a SCB Marine Section member doing exciting work in the field of marine conservation on a quarterly basis.  We invite our members to nominate themselves or others for this honor, requesting them to submit a short paragraph about themselves and link to their personal web site by December 10th, March 10th, June 10th or September 10th in order to be featured the following quarter.  Nominations can be sent to  Nominations sent after the dates listed will be considered for the following quarter.