The Laboratorio de Mamíferos Marinos (LAMAMA) functions at the Centro para el Estudio de Sistemas Marinos (CESIMAR). A research center located in Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina, and depends of the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (National Research Council, CONICET). This group was formed during 1989, with the objective of studying marine mammals’ ecology and biology with special emphasis on their interactions with human activities, such as fisheries and tourism.
Since its beginnings to date, LAMAMA promotes and stimulate advancements in research and conservation of marine mammals in the region. All the information produced by the lab members is available to public and private organisms to improve management and conservation. Currently, LAMAMA is formed by 8 researchers, 2 technicians, 1 postdoctoral fellow, 9 doctoral fellows and 3 undergraduate students.
The activities performed by lab members fall within the areas of biology, ecology, population genetics, and population dynamics of high trophic level predators, such as marine mammals. Research projects are funded with national and international resources. The lab members work actively and untiredly in formulating new tools for managing and preserving marine mammals and coastal marine ecosystems; but most of all to form highly qualified human resources for marine ecology.