"SMM2022 marks 40 years since the creation of our Society. In those four decades we have made amazing scientific discoveries, advanced technology, and tackled an ever growing list of conservation challenges. In Florida, we launch our next 40 years of growth and discovery and celebrate all the incredible work being done by our global community."

- Charles Littnan, SMM President

The Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) was founded in San Francisco during the 4th Biennial Conference in 1981 and is the largest global organization of individuals interested in marine mammal research and conservation.


The mission of the SMM is to promote the global advancement of marine mammal science and contribute to its relevance and impact in education, science, conservation and management.


The SMM holds its conference every two years to promote science, collaboration, and improve the quality of research on marine mammals around the globe. The 24th biennial conference will be held in Palm Beach, Florida at the Palm Beach Convention Center (as well as virtually!) in August 2022.


The Society for Marine Mammalogy is dedicated to enhancing diversity in its membership, leadership, and readership. The society recognizes that the field of marine mammal science is only strengthened by the participation of people representing all ages, career stages and professional status, races, national, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, and physical abilities.

Published for the Society for Marine Mammalogy, Marine Mammal Science is a source of significant new findings on marine mammals resulting from original research on their form and function, evolution, systematics, physiology, biochemistry, behavior, population biology, life history, genetics, ecology and conservation. The journal features both original and review articles, notes, opinions and letters. It serves as a vital resource for anyone studying marine mammals.

Marine Mammal Science is a podcast covering some of the latest scientific research on marine mammals – whales and dolphins, polar bears, seals and sea lions, manatees and dugongs, and sea otters. The podcast is produced by Speak Up For Blue Media on behalf of the Society for Marine Mammalogy and the journal Marine Mammal Science. The hosts are Dr. Ashley Scarlett and Dr. Chris Parsons.