About SFS Membership

The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) is a premier, but welcoming, international organization of aquatic scientists. The Society is committed to providing numerous tangible and intangible benefits to its members and the greater community. 

Membership is open to anyone, regardless of residence, who is interested in benthic communities and their role in aquatic ecosystems.

Society for Freshwater Science members receive the online subscription of Freshwater Science and may purchase a paper subscription. Members also get access to a bulletin three times per year, an annual Bibliography of Current Benthological Literature, and an occasional Membership Directory.

2022 Membership Rates (Includes online access to the Freshwater Science Journal)

2022 membership will be valid from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.
  • Income Level ≤$50K                             $65
  • Income Level >$50K to $75K                $90
  • Income Level >$75K to $100K              $110
  • Income Level >$100K                           $130
  • Student*                                                $40
  • Developing Country- Regular**             $10
  • Developing Country- Student**             $10
  • Emeritus Member***                              $0

*Student Members must be currently enrolled with a college or university.
**Developing Country (Regular & Students) must be residents of a developing country as per the World Bank rankings for 2022.

***Emeritus Members must meet the following two criteria:

  1. 65+ years of age (born in or before 1956)
  2. have a total of 25+ years of SFS membership
  Printed Freshwater Science subscriptions are $80.00 and require current SFS membership.


Member Benefits

  • Discounted meeting registration
  • Online subscription to Freshwater Science
  • Numerous professional and student awards, including travel grants
  • Discounted examination fees for the aquatic invertebrate Taxonomic Certification Program
  • Service and leadership opportunities within numerous SFS committees with other committed professionals
  • Access to the membership directory
  • Engagement and voting rights in Society elections and decisions (e.g., the recent logo refresh)
  • Association with a society that advocates for and facilitates the use of best-available science in policymaking and management of freshwater ecosystems
  • Membership in an organization that engages with its members and the greater community through the freely available -
    • Making Waves podcast
    • In the Drift newsletter
    • Stay Fresh! - a weekly roundup of early-view articles in the freshwater sciences
    • Headwaters blog (coming soon)
    • President's Environment - a quarterly message from the current SFS president
    • SFS Bibliographies (1959-2016) - an annual collection of bibliographies of articles published in the freshwater sciences dating back to 1959
    • Freshwater Science BRIDGES Fact Sheets - non-technical fact sheets that summarize a cluster FWS articles on a particular topic

For More Information

SFS Membership Services
5005 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322 USA
Phone: (435) 797-7902 
Email: [email protected]