About the Committee
History and Mission
The Board of Directors established the International Relations Committee in 1960 to maintain and enhance communication between members of the Society and mammalogists outside North America. The mission of this committee is to advance the field of mammalogy by encouraging and facilitating international collaboration among members of the ASM and mammalogists from other countries.
This committee serves as an official contact with the organizing committees of the International Theriological Congresses and updates Society members about this and other international conferences that focus on mammals.
The committee compiles and organizes a list of contacts with other mammal societies throughout the world and makes it available to ASM members with the intent to bolster true international collaboration and facilitate opportunities for conducting studies in other countries.
The committee manages a sponsored membership program for mammalogists in developing countries. Click on the "Sponsored Membership" tab for details about the program, how to apply, and how to make a donation to support your fellow mammalogists around the world.
Sponsored Membership Program
The sponsored membership program allows individuals from developing countries who could not otherwise afford an ASM membership to obtain one with full benefits. ASM members will pay the dues for sponsored members. There are two types of sponsored memberships. One is a personal relationship between an ASM member and a colleague in a developing country. In this relationship, the sponsored member is chosen by the ASM member who then pays the dues each year. This is an open-ended relationship. The second type of sponsored membership is managed by the International Relations Committee (IRC). Potential members may apply directly about obtaining a sponsored membership or may be recommended to the IRC. After reviewing the potential member, sponsored membership may be conferred.
Usually sponsored membership is an online-only membership (members receive Journal of Mammalogy but not printed copies); however, in some instances may be a regular membership, especially if internet access is limited for the sponsored member. Any citizen of a developing country is eligible (that is someone from any country other than the U.S., Canada, Western Europe, Australia, Iceland, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, or Taiwan). Normally such sponsorship is conferred for three years on younger individuals who have shown a high level of contributions to mammalogy but a person of any age may be sponsored. Sponsored membership confers full benefits of membership in the ASM, including online access to our publications, Journal of Mammalogy and Mammalian Species. For details of membership benefits, check our Membership Benefits page.
The responsibility for the dues may be taken on by an ASM member personally, but usually dues are paid each year from a pool of contributions which is managed by the IRC. To contribute to this pool of funds for sponsored memberships, visit the ASM Business Office Donation page and scroll down to Sponsored Membership Fund.
Get more information
For additional details regarding the sponsored membership program, contact the International Relations Committee: Jacob Goheen or Andrea Previtali, co-chairs. If you would like to sponsor an international member from a certain geographic area, or if you have a colleague you would like to sponsor, please e-mail the information to one of the IRC co-chairs or the ASM Business Office.
Carol and Jim Patton Award
for Outstanding Latin American Graduate Students of Mammalogy
The American Society of Mammalogists (ASM), through its International Relations Committee, seeks to promote growth of mammalogy in Latin America along with encouragement of connections between ASM members and Latin American mammalogists. In that spirit, ASM offers the Carol and Jim Patton Awards to one outstanding graduate student from each of the affiliated mammal societies in Latin America. Each award is funded by a generous gift from Carol and Jim Patton, who value the importance of supporting young mammalogists in Latin America.
It is the responsibility of each participating Latin American mammal society, at the time of the society’s regular meeting, to provide the ASM International Relations Committee with the name and contact information of an outstanding graduate student selected based on criteria established by each society, for example, the best graduate student oral presentation. The Carol and Jim Patton award will consist of three consecutive years of membership in ASM, providing access to numerous benefits, including reduced fees for publishing in Journal of Mammalogy and for attending ASM meetings, access to research and travel grants for student members, and an on-line subscription to Journal of Mammalogy.
At the Sociedad Argentina para el Estudio de los Mamíferos (SAREM) meeting in Argentina, ASM member Jim Kenagy presents the Carol and Jim Patton Award to Jorge Gallo from the Delegación Regional Patagonia, Administración de Parques Nacionales, Argentina (above left).
At the Asociación Paraguaya de Mastozoología (APM) meeting in Paraguay, ASM President-elect Enrique Lessa presents the Carol and Jim Patton Award to Myriam Velazquez from the Fundación Moisés Bertoni, Asunción, Paraguay (above right).
- Gabby Neves Guilhon - Sociedade Brasileira de Mastozoologia (SBMz)
- Daniel Chavez - V Congreso Latinoamericano de Mastozoología
- Doris Vera - Asociación Paraguaya de Mastozoología (APM)
- Florencia Soto - Sociedad Argentina para el Estudio de los Mamíferos (SAREM)
- Sebastián García Restrepo - Sociedad Colombiana de Mastozoología (SCMas)
- Dennis Castillo-Figueroa - Sociedad Colombiana de Mastozoología (SCMas)
- Andrea Weiler Gustafson - Asociación Paraguaya de Mastozoología (APM)
- Gabriela Cedeño Pernett - Sociedad Mastozoológica de Panamá
- Edson Fiedler Abreu Jr. - Sociedade Brasileira de Mastozoologia (SBMz)
- Fabiola Corona - Asociación Guatemalteca de Mastozoólogos (ASOGUAMA)
- Celina Carrizo - Sociedad Argentina para el Estudio de los Mamíferos (SAREM)
- Paula Iturralde-Pólit - Asociación Ecuatoriana de Mastozoología (AEM)
- Jorge Gallo - Sociedad Argentina para el Estudio de los Mamíferos (SAREM)
- Raissa Prior Migliorini - Sociedade Brasileira de Mastozoologia (SMBz)
- Myriam Velazquez - Asociación Paraguaya de Mastozoología (APM)
- Diego Peralta - Sociedad Argentina para el Estudio de los Mamíferos (SAREM)
- Lorena Zurita - Red Boliviana de Mastozoología (RBM)
- Miguel Eduardo Rodríguez Posada - Sociedad Colombiana de Mastozoología (SCMas)
- Bárbara Montserrat Camacho Giménez - Asociación Paraguaya de Mastozoología (APM)
- Ana Ochoa - Sociedad Argentina para el Estudio de los Mamíferos (SAREM)
- Vanesa Serafini - Sociedad Argentina para el Estudio de los Mamíferos (SAREM)
- Tatiana Rios- Sociedad Argentina para el Estudio de los Mamíferos (SAREM)
- María Alejandra Camacho - Asociación Ecuatoriana de Mastozoología (AEM)