Membership shall be open to persons interested in the objectives of the Society
Manta Ray - Madeline McKenna

The American Elasmobranch Society (AES) was founded in 1983 as a

...non-profit advance the science of the study of living and fossil sharks, skates, rays and chimeras, and the promotion of education, conservation, and wise utilization of natural resources.

Annual meetings are held in conjunction with meetings of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and symposia are organized around various aspects of elasmobranch biology. A newsletter is published quarterly, and information is included and contributions welcomed on any topic of interest to scientists and non-scientists alike.

AES currently has in excess of 300 members, and more than 20% reside outside of the United States. New members are always welcomed!

Individuals may JOIN or RENEW their membership using a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Membership renewal form

Download and complete the membership renewal form saving a copy with your last name at the start of the file name. This is a PDF form you can complete using your computer, no need to print a copy (example: wyffels_member_application_2014_form.pdf):

Step 2 - Pay your membership dues

Online/Electronic Payment:

Email the completed form (without payment information) to Jen Wyffels and use the paypal links below to pay online. Please note, you do not need a paypal account to use this form of payment.

  • Membership Rates
  • Lifetime Membership Rates

Traditional Payment:

Send the completed form using your method of choice (including payment information) to Cathy Walsh using the contact information provided on the form

Memberships must be paid by January 1 (postmarked) to be an active member and receive a ballot for elections.

Most importantly, you must send your completed membership form with at least one valid email address to Jen Wyffels or Cathy Walsh to be included in society communications.

Membership shall be open to persons interested in the objectives of the Society. Please note that students require endorsement by their faculty advisor. If you need additional information or help please contact Jen Wyffels