[MARMAM] Student leadership opportunities with the American Cetacean Society

Sabena Siddiqui siddiqui at hawaii.edu
Wed Aug 24 00:14:54 PDT 2016

Dear MARMAM subscribers,

The American Cetacean Society Student Coalition (ACSSC) is the student
arm of the American Cetacean Society (ACS), the world's oldest whale
conservation organization. After 50 years ACS continues to be a leader in
the field of cetacean education, conservation, policy, and education (

The ACSSC is a community of aspiring researchers, policy makers, and
enthusiasts committed to protecting the marine environment and the lives of
cetaceans.  Through direct action informed by science, ACSSC groups act as
forums where students can learn more about cetaceans and their marine
environment to carry out the most effective, research-based responses to
the perils that cetaceans face. The ACSSC serves as a much needed bridge
between the scientific community and the public. Our student groups use
community education and citizen science to encourage conservation and
scientific literacy in their communities. The Coalition works to provide
students of all skill sets with support and access to a community of other
young professionals, as well as guidance from established researchers and
professionals. Student members of the ACSSC are provided with an
opportunity to feel inspired, engaged, and empowered among an active
community through a web of regional student groups across the country.

We invite US university students to lead their own groups, whether they are
coastal or landlocked.

One of the benefits of joining the ACS National Student Coalition is the
ability to network and collaborate with your peers in different disciplines
and institutions to address the challenges that cetaceans face today. Leading
your own ACS student coalition group can be very rewarding and fun.
ACSSC activities
have included: citizen science projects, water quality testing, cetacean
research, oyster reef restoration, beach clean ups, guest speakers, panel
discussions, documentary screenings, lobbying, fundraisers, and many social
events. ACSSC groups have implemented campaigns focusing upon issues such
as sustainable seafood and its impacts upon cetaceans, marine debris and
entanglement, issues related to the captive industry, and more. ACSSC groups
have successfully engaged with their local communities on region specific
issues as well.

For more information regarding what is involved in starting your own student
coalition visit our website:

Like us on facebook to see our latest updates and campaign activities:
ACSSC facebook:

If you are interested in starting your own group, email us at:
acssc.national at gmail.com

Scientists, supervisors, professors, etc., please refer your promising
students to us.

*Sabena Siddiqui    *

*MSc student University of Hawaii-Hilo*
Student Chair
American Cetacean Society
*"P**rotecting whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through
public education, research grants, and conservation actions.*"
ACS website <http://acsonline.org/>
ACS Student Coalition website
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