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Joining NAML is done through a regional organization and is a simple process. Interested parties should contact the President of their regional organization (addresses below).

The regional organizations have two classes of members, regular members and associate members.

Regular membership. Regular membership shall be composed of marine laboratories operated by state, university, and other non-profit organizations in the United States, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. Marine laboratories shall be defined as those shore-based laboratory facilities directly accessing the marine environment or Great Lakes or other facilities or academic entities that are partially or primarily focused on marine research, education or outreach. Regular members of a regional association are also members of NAML. (Defined in Articles of Organization, Section V.)

Application process for Regular membership:

  1. Application Letter. Applications for regular membership are in the form of a letter from a responsible officer of the candidate member organization, addressed to the president of the appropriate regional association (NEAMGLL, SAML, or WAML – see contact information below). The letter must indicate the intent of the organization to become a regular member of the regional organization and the National Association of Marine Laboratories. (Bylaws, Article I, Section 1: Applications.)

  2. Approval. The regional organization and NAML must approve the request and this is usually done at the next regular meeting of each. Approved candidate organizations must then pay annual capital contributions to become members. (Bylaws, Article I, Section 1: Applications.)

  3. Delegate. The responsible officer of each member represents the organization as a delegate or appoints an individual employed by the organization as a delegate. (Bylaws, Article I, Section 3: Representation.) Regular delegates may appoint an alternate delegate with voting rights. (See Bylaws, Article I, Section 5: Alternate Delegate.)

Associate membership. Associate members are members only of a regional association. Associate members are those laboratories and non-profit organizations that either do not wish to participate in the national organization or cannot be voting members of the national association because they are Federal laboratories. Associate members are not eligible for membership in NAML. (Defined in Articles of Organization, Section IV.) Associate members are permitted certain rights within the regional organizations as described in the Articles of Organization and Bylaws of each regional organization. (Bylaws, Article I, Section 4B: Voting.)

Application process for Associate membership in a regional organization:

  1. Application Letter. Applications for associate membership are in the form of a letter from a responsible officer of the candidate member organization, addressed to the president of the appropriate regional association (NEAMGLL, SAML, or WAML – see contact information below). The letter must indicate the intent of the organization to become an associate member of the regional organization.

  2. Approval. The regional organization must approve the request and this is usually done at the next regular meeting of each organization. Approved candidate organizations must then pay annual capital contributions to become members.

  3. Representation. Associate members may participate in the activities of the regional organization. They may serve on committees or other supporting bodies of the regional organization, other than its Executive Committee.

Presidents of Regional Organizations

NEAMGLL – Graham Shimmield, gshimmield@bigelow.org

SAML – Lou Burnett, BurnettL@cofc.edu

WAML – Steve Palumbi, spalumbi@stanford.edu






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