Below you will find a list of conference workshops that will be held on October 28th and 29th. The workshops marked with (*) will run all day Saturday and Sunday. To view a complete list of SMM2017 workshops (including date, duration and workshop description), click here.

Most workshops cost $50 USD for a half-day workshop and $80 USD for a full day workshop for early registration (before 12PM (noon) July 13, 2017). Beginning 14 July, 2017 fees will increase to $60 USD for a half-day workshop and $90 USD for a full-day workshop.

If you are not registered for the conference, you will have to pay an additional non-conference participant administration surcharge of $40 USD. Preference will be given to conference participants, and non-conference participants will only be considered after the early bird conference registration deadline (July 13, 2017) has passed and if there is still room.

To register for conference workshops, please click here. Note that there are limited spots for workshop and spots will be filled on a first come first served basis. 

SMM2017 Workshops

Saturday, October 28, 2017 & Sunday, October 29, 2017


  1. Cetacean abundance and distribution in the North Atlantic*
  2. Passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) of marine mammals*

Saturday, October 28, 2017


  1. Marine mammal biological research collections: status and future direction of specimen archives and museum collections used in research and conservation
  2. Analysis of data from high-resolution animal-borne tags
  3. Not all is black and white: Identifying research challenges and solutions for the lesser known 'blackfish'
  4. Interpreting multiple types of geospatial scientific information to protect marine mammals: A practical guide for decision-makers
  5. Pinniped entanglement & rescue
  6. Exploring the use of expert elicitation for the interim assessment of the population consequences of disturbance
  7. Measuring hormones in marine mammals: Current methods, alternative sample matrices, and future directions
  8. Application and validation of compound-specific stable isotope analysis in studies of marine mammal ecology and eco-physiology
  9. Assessing the responses of marine mammals to anthropogenic acoustic disturbance
  10. Women in marine mammal science: Breaking down barriers to success
  11. The Eighth International Sirenian Symposium
  12. SciCommercial: Science communication marketing and filmmaking workshop
  13. Marine mammal mortality in global fisheries: Assessment, mitigation, and capacity building
  14. Experimental science in wild and captive marine mammals


  1. Flukebook: A joint platform for citizen scientists and dedicated researchers
  2. U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act research permitting
  3. Sanctuaries: The new seascape for captive cetaceans


  1. Marine mammal individual based models
  2. Reproducible research with R, Git, and GitHub
  3. National Aquarium’s Dolphin Sanctuary – exploring research opportunities

Sunday, October 29, 2017


  1. Cachalote Consortium 2017: Acoustics, genetics and the structure of sperm whale societies - implications for the conservation of ocean nomads
  2. Place-based approaches to marine mammal conservation: Lessons learned, effectiveness and challenges
  3. Investigation of live large whale stranding response techniques
  4. Bayesian and Hierarchical Bayesian models for Capture-Recapture: Introduction to theory and practical learning in R & BUGS
  5. Marine mammal sensory systems: An integrated perspective 
  6. Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) in freshwater environments
  7. Distance sampling: Conventional and hierarchical methods for abundance in R
  8. Developing Bayesian Belief Networks (BBNs) to improve decision-making during mass stranding events


  1. Development and implementation of low-cost methods to reduce cetacean bycatch in small scale gillnet fisheries
  2. Killer whales in western North Pacific and the Okhotsk Sea


  1. Catching the right fish: a toolbox for place-based risk assessment of marine mammal bycatch

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