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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/December. 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 not all 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.

As noted, the chairs of board 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 President is assisted by the President-Elect, who will take over as President once the President's term(s) concludes. The President-Elect is elected from current board members by the voting board members.

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

The Education Officer is chair of the Marine Conservation Education 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 International Officer shall lead efforts to encourage global participation in the SCB Marine Section. 

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

The Board Members at Large shall assist with board activities and help to run certain board committees, as determined by need and interest.

The Publications Chair (ad hoc) 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.

Featured Sea Star

Megan Chen recently completed research on the environmental impact of scallop dredging in Breiðafjörður, Iceland. She now holds a master's degree in coastal and marine management from the University of Akureyri in Iceland. She currently works as a marine science educator in Canada and as a writer and editor for Megan is also a volunteer for Ocean Wise and on the SCBMarine Communications Committee. View her SCBMarine Member Profile on Facebook.

We will regularly feature a SCB Marine Section member doing exciting work in the field of marine conservation.  We invite our members to nominate themselves or others for this honor, requesting them to submit a short paragraph about themselves, a photo and a link to their personal or professional website.  Nominees chosen as Featured Sea Stars will also be asked to submit a photo of themselves in the field and answer profile questions to be featured on social media. Nominations can be sent to President-Elect Samantha Oester at