Throughout the development of the Scientific Program, we have sought to involve emerging along with established marine mammal scientists, from both North American and international universities, institutions and government departments. Our Scientific Program will begin on the morning of Monday, October 23rd with our first plenary session, delivered by Asha de Vos and Scott Kraus, that will provide an insightful synopsis of our current conservation efforts for critically endangered marine mammals and their future needs. The second plenary session will be on Thursday morning delivered by Hal Whitehead and Nigel Hussey; they will present new avenues of research on cetacean culture and integrated approaches to marine ecosystem management with perspectives from the individual, population and ecosystem.

For the detailed conference program, see our SMM2017 program or  online conference program

Click here for the SMM2017 Abstract Book.

Session Themes

To encourage dialogue on key conservation issues in uencing marine mammal populations and complement the themes listed below, we have divided the conservation theme into sub-themes. Abstracts submitted to the scientific committee for presentation at the conference were evaluated blind through three peer-reviews, with reviewers designated according to their expertise by our diverse team of Associate Editors. Finally, to foster the creative talents of scientists and encourage the assimilation of art into science, we have introduced a video presentation format. The Scientific Program Committee sincerely hopes that you enjoy the program and we welcome your thoughts and comments.

There are 17 different themes for presentation at SMM2017. These include:

  • Acoustics and Communication
  • Anatomy and Morphology
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Conservation:
    • Examples of Success
    • Physiological and Cumulative Effects
    • Entanglement and Bycatch
    • Small and Diminishing Populations
    • Human Dimensions, Policy and Management
  • Education and Outreach
  • Foraging Ecology
  • Habitat and Distribution
  • Health
  • New Technology
  • Phylogeny, Systematics and Genetics
  • Polar Ecology
  • Population Biology and Abundance
  • Physiology

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