“To support and promote research and conservation in the marine animal field through education, collaborative communication, and endowment of funds for conservation and research initiatives which support IMATA’s mission.”
Committee General Description
The Research and Conservation Committee (RCC) is a standing advisory committee. It supports the Board of Directors, especially the President, and the membership by supporting and promoting research and conservation in the marine animal field through education, collaborative communication, and endowment of funds for conservation and research initiatives which support IMATA’s mission. In 2011, the RCC established the IMATA Research Grant and IMATA Conservation Fund Award to provide financial support for research projects and third-party non-profit organization conservation efforts that address IMATA’s Mission. The RCC is also responsible for facilitating significant contributions towards marine animal-oriented research and conservation issues, promoting research and conservation efforts in the domestic and international marine animal community, increasing IMATA member awareness of research and conservation initiatives occurring in the marine animal field, promoting the “IMATA Gives Back” philosophy, expanding IMATA’s role and position in the scientific and conservation communities, and increasing the number of IMATA members who are research and conservation-oriented. The Chair is responsible for directing the activity of this committee, which is typically composed of a 15-20 IMATA members who have varying levels of expertise in the research and conservation fields.
Members of this committee must be from the Professional, Active, Associate, or Student levels of membership and be in good standing.
Committee Chair Description
The RCC Chair is re-appointed annually by the current President with Board approval during the annual conference.
The RCC Chair is expected to attend the annual meeting and attendance is preferred at the mid-year meeting.
The RCC Chair is expected to prepare a quarterly report as dictated by the President’s yearly calendar. Dates for these reports are usually Jan 31, Apr 30, Jul 31, & Oct 31. These reports will be submitted to the President and the Secretary using the form in the IMATA Policy Manual.
IMATA compensates its RCC Chair in the following ways: membership will be paid for each year served and conference registration fees are waived.
Be a professional or active member in good standing.
Qualified individuals must have knowledge of research and conservation procedures, protocols, and principals as they relate to marine animals and the animal training and public display communities.
The Chair will manage the annual IMATA Research Grant and Conservation Fund application solicitation, two-tier review, and funding recommendation processes.
The Chair will provide oversight of the Application Review Sub-Committee who will ensure that all Research Grant and Conservation Fund Award Application requirements are met, supporting materials are present, and in-depth reviews of all viable applications are provided.
The Chair will work with the Vice President to coordinate fundraising opportunities for the IMATA Research Grant and Conservation Fund at the IMATA annual conference.
The Chair and Committee will raise funds to grow the IMATA Research Grant and Conservation Fund outside of the IMATA annual conference.
The Chair and Committee will update all Committee related IMATA webpages.
The Chair and Committee will execute others tasks as requested by the President or Board. All committee work is subject to Board approval.
The Chair will be responsible for updating the job description when s/he leaves the position, or at a minimum of every two years. The job description should contain the following information: