BML & CMSI Email Distribution Lists

Adding your email address to the BML and CMSI internal mail distribution lists

Mail lists for internal use include: 

  • - List is for BML Summer Students, instructors and other associates for everything summer class related. Students are listed on the bml-residents list as well (see below).
  • - List includes all BML graduate students and postdocs.
  • - List is for everyone at BML on a daily basis: all BML students, post docs, faculty, staff, visiting and resident researchers, volunteers, and docents. This list is intended for internal, general announcements for example "Seawater system..." or "Seeking a ride to Davis". 
  • - List includes the bml-residents, bml-grads, and bmlsummer lists, PLUS many UCD faculty, and more, beyond California. Rarely should anyone need to send to this list unless a message needs to be broadcast to the broadest possible BML audience, such as an event announcement. 
  • - List includes all CMSI affiliated faculty, staff, students, including the bml-residents list. This list is intended for internal announcements. 
  • - List includes graduate students and postdocs at BML and CMSI. This list is for sharing meeting announcements, marine-related funding sources, CMSI social events and updates, ride share and couch surfing opportunities.
  • and are public mail lists that anyone can subscribe to. 


  1. Only administrators can send to the public lists ( and For all of the other lists, you must be a member of the list to send and receive announcements.
  2. There are many more BML email distribution lists. If you need to be added to one of these lists, please contact BML IT - if we manage the list we can add you, otherwise we can direct you to the person who can add you. 

To subscribe to a list

  1. Send an email to from the address you want to subscribe to the list. (Sympa is not a person but a mailing list management robot.)

  2. In the subject line of your message, type in: subscribe nameofthelist Firstname Lastname (replace 'nameofthelist' with the name of the list you want to subscribe to and indicate your own first and last name).

  3. Leave the message body blank and send.

After this, you will receive a message telling you whether your request was accepted or not: If the subscription to the list is subject to any approval, the list owner may choose not to subscribe you. If so, do not send several other requests as the result will remain the same. You may send a message directly to the list owner ( to explain why you really want to subscribe to the list...

Note: You will sometimes be asked to confirm your subscription request before it can be processed. If so, please follow the instructions listed in the message you receive.

Unsubscribing from lists

To unsubscribe from a list, do as follows:

  1. From the address with which you subscribed to the list, send an email message to

  2. In the subject line of your email, type in: unsubscribe nameofthelist (replace 'nameofthelist' with the name of the list you want to unsubscribe from).
  3. Leave the message body blank.

Creating an Email Distribution List

UC Davis provides a central email list service, Sympa, which is primarily supported by UCD IT Express. An Email distribution list is useful when you need one address that can serve as a contact for a group or project, to distribute email to a group of people.

Any UC Davis affiliate with a UCD Kerberos account, including staff, faculty and students, can create mail lists through the UCD Sympa website.

You can create open lists that anyone can send messages to or closed lists which only subscribers can send to. Subscribers may include off-campus mail addresses.

For additional information on how to manage your UC Davis mail lists & subscriptions, including how to remove your address from a list, please see the UC Davis mail list subscriber instructions.