International Relations



  • Mounir Abi-Said
  • Sergio T. Álvarez-Castañada
  • Rafael Borroto-Paez
  • Bruce Buttler
  • Guy N. Cameron
  • Juan Pablo Carrera-E
  • Oluwakayode Coker
  • Noe de la Sancha
  • David A. Flores
  • Scott L. Gardner
  • Jacob R. Goheen
  • Jose González-Maya
  • Eliecer E. Gutiérrez
  • Douglas A. Kelt
  • Jim Kenagy
  • Faisal Ali Bin Khan
  • Alicia V. Linzey
  • Simon Musila
  • Ricardo A. Ojeda
  • Nicté Ordóñez-Garza
  • Morty Ortega
  • Silvia Pavan
  • Nelish Pradham
  • Kevin C. Rowe
  • Jorge A. Salazar-Bravo
  • Andrew T. Smith
  • Sergio A. Solari
  • Teresa Tarifa
  • Marcus V. Vieira

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.


The International Relations Committee needs nominations of potential recipients of donated ASM memberships. Nominations should include the name, institution, postal address, and email of potential beneficiaries in less developed countries and should be sent to co-chairs Duane Schlitter ( and Ricardo Ojeda (

Buddy System

ASM has a "buddy system" to assist non-English speaking authors. "Buddies" are mammalogists who have offered to preview manuscripts that need editorial revision for English. Authors interested in having a manuscript previewed should contact the Journal Editor or an Associate Editor for Journal of Mammalogy. Individuals interested in having their names added to the list of "buddies" should contact Alicia V. Linzey (

Student Travel Grants to IMC-12

The American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) is currently accepting applications for four travel grants to be given to student members towards attending the 12th International Mammalogical Congress (IMC-12) in Perth, Australia, 9-14 July 2017.   The awards will be $1250 each and will go to undergraduate or graduate students who will be giving an oral presentation or a poster.   Information on IMC-12 can be found online at   

The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are ASM members, regardless of nationality or current institutional affiliation.  To become a member of the Society visit the ASM membership page at  Each applicant must be an ASM member and enrolled in a college or university when they apply.

The deadline for applications is 15 November 2016.  Applications are to be submitted electronically.  A complete application consists of two parts: 1) one page double-spaced expanded abstract and 2) a one page résumé or CV.  The résumé or CV should include complete contact information (including full name, mailing address, contact telephone number, university affiliation, preferred e-mail address, student status, awards or grants received, and publications.

Send all application materials by e-mail with attachments to co-chair of the International Relations Committee, Dr. Duane Schlitter (  Preferred formats are PDF and Word (rtf and doc or docx files).  Documents scanned in JPG format are also acceptable. 

Applications must be received by 15 November 2016 to be considered.  Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision around 15 December 2016.  Questions should be directed to the co-chairs of the International Relations Committee, Dr. Duane Schlitter ( or or Dr. Ricardo Ojeda ( .


The International Relations Committee wants to update its record of Mammal Societies of the World (posted in pdf document below). We would like to include, whenever possible, the actively maintained web pages of such societies. Contact one of the co-chairs, Duane Schlitter ( and Ricardo Ojeda (, for additions or corrections.

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: Duane Schlitter or Ricardo A. Ojeda, 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.