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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 additional cost) by logging in to your SCB Membership Profile.


Elections for the Marine Section Board are held online each December. A call for applications will be made via the Marine Section listserv each year. Each Marine Section board member is a volunteer and serves a three-year term. Terms are staggered such that not all officers retire each year. Applications for the 2015 Marine Section Board Election are being accepted until 10 Dec. 2015. For more information, visit the Board Election page.

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 and can be accessed at Ability to attend SCB annual meetings is preferred, but not required. Marine Board meetings generally convene via telephone conference calls.

As noted, the chairs of board committees also represent the Marine Section as liaisons to SCB committees. For job duties, please see the current SCB Marine Bylaws. The Marine Board includes 12 positions: President, President-Elect (Vice President), Secretary, Student Representative and one Officer-at-Large, and the following officers who will serve as heads of standing committees: Communication Officer, Finance Officer, Science Officer, Policy Officer, Diversity Officer, Education Officer, and Interdisciplinary Officer. All officers must be voting members of the Section for their entire term of office. Elections for positions of the board will clearly denote the position that is vacant (officer, student representative or member-at-large).


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