TOS Membership

The Oceanography Society (TOS) was founded in 1988 to encourage collaboration and innovation among ocean scientists worldwide and across subdisciplines. The Society continues to support this community through publishing Oceanography magazine, convening scientific conferences, and recognizing major achievements in ocean sciences through the TOS Honors Program. TOS is fully committed to nurturing the next generation of ocean scientists through mentoring, providing leadership opportunities, and disseminating student-curated newsletters that highlight student members, provide links to resources, and announce opportunities.

The membership period is January 1 through December 31 of each year. Upon joining, new members will receive access to all back issues of Oceanography published during this membership period.

Access the Online Membership Application System

Membership Options

Student Membership

Available for students enrolled in an oceanography or ocean-related program at the baccalaureate or higher level. [Free!]

Early Career Membership

Available to non-student oceanographers, scientists, or engineers active in ocean-​related fields, or to persons who have advanced oceanography by management or other public service who have received their highest degree within the past ten years. [$30]

Regular Membership

Available to oceanographers, scientists, or engineers active in ocean-related fields, or to persons who have advanced oceanography by management or other public service. [$70] 

Sponsoring Membership

Available to individuals who wish to provide enhanced support annually. In the United States, $55 of the annual dues in this category is tax-deductible as a charitable contribution as are any additional contributions, over and above the annual regular membership dues. [$125]

Associate Membership

We encourage membership in TOS, however, we realize that not everyone wishing to receive Oceanography magazine or support the mission of The Oceanography Society will meet membership criteria. TOS welcomes high school students as well as interested members of the public as Associate Members. [Free for high school students, $40 for others]

Corporate and Institutional Membership

TOS invites all corporate or nonprofit organizations interested in the ocean sciences to join as members in this category. [Starting at $300]

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For more information, see the TOS Membership Qualifications and Rights page.

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