The American Society of Mammalogists (ASM) was established in 1919
for the purpose of promoting interest in the study of mammals.
In addition to being among the most charismatic of animals, mammals are
important in many disciplines from paleontology to ecology and
evolution. We, of course, are mammals and thus are in the interesting
position of studying ourselves in quest of a greater understanding of
the role of mammals in the natural world.
The ASM is currently composed of over 4,500 members, many of whom are professional
scientists. Members of the Society have always had a strong interest in
the public good, and this is reflected in their involvement in
providing information for public policy, resources management,
conservation, and education.
The Society hosts annual meetings
and maintains several publications. The flagship publication is the
Journal of Mammalogy, a journal produced six times per year that accepts
submissions on all aspects of mammalogy. The ASM also publishes
Mammalian Species (accounts of individual species), and Special
Publications, books that pertain to specific taxa or topics, and we
maintain a mammal images library which contains many exceptional
photographs of mammals.