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The Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) meets twice a year. There is a Spring meeing and a Fall meeting. During odd-numbered years, the fall meeting of AERS is held in concert with the biennial conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF). Please check out the latest info on CERF 2017, to be held in Providence, RI, on November 5-9.


The spring 2017 AERS was held at St. Mary's College of Maryland on March 16-18. We had 92 registered participants, and thanks to everyone who attended, presented, sponsored, and organized. Although the meeting is over, the information below is kept on this website to show the nature of typical AERS meetings, for future planning.

Looking to the future:

  • Fall 2017 - AERS will meet as part of CERF 2017 in Providence, RI

  • Spring 2018 - Lewes, DE, likely in early April. This will be a special 70th anniversary meeting of AERS, co-hosted by the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, Delaware State University, the University of Delaware and DNREC (contact Danielle Kreeger to get involved)

  • Fall 2018 - Atlantic City, NJ, co-hosted by Stockton University and Barnegat Bay Partnership (contact Elizabeth Lacy to get involved)

  • Spring 2019 - Fairfax, VA, Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center, hosted by George Mason University (contacts TBD)

  • Fall 2019 - AERS will meet as part of CERF 2019 in Mobile, AL

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AERS Spring 2017

March 16th - 18th, 2017
St. Mary's College
47645 College Drive, St. Mary's City, MD 20686 http://www.smcm.edu/

 

 


 
     

Overview

The theme of the Spring 2017 meeting was "Continuing Science in the Face of Change." We covered several policy issues along with a strong scientific program. The meeting included a resume workshop, local field trips, and a fabulous local oyster and beer/wine reception! The venue was on the lovely and historic campus of St. Mary's College.

The meeting kicked off on Thursday with the AERS workshop, followed by an exciting reception and AERS kick-off social at the St. Mary's College of Maryland James P. Muldoon River Centerin the Awesome Room and balcony. This served as our Thursday evening welcome event, and included local oysters from Shore Thing Shellfish and local wine and beer from Slack Winery and Ruddy Duck Brewery respectively. The River Center supports estuarine river research, sailing programs, crew teams and general recreation including kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and sailboats that are used widely by the student body.  

Friday included a full day of invited and contributed presentations, followed by our late afternoon poster session. Friday evening was our wonderful banquet, followed by music and dancing.

Finally, on Saturday, we had another full scientific program during the morning. After adjournment at lunch, there was a kayak trip.

Local hosts

Thanks to Treda Grayson, Kristy Lewis and Cassie Gurbisz for handling local arrangements. These folks, along with program committee co-chairs Ben Fertig and Angela Padeletti, lined up some great invited speakers.


Program

Our invited speakers were chosen for the theme: "Continuing Science in the Face of Change."

  • Kenny Rose
  • Nicholas DiPasquale
  • Beth McGee
   

Students

Congrats to Spencer Tassone (VCU) and Sammie Alexander (GMU) for receiving the Best Graduate and Undergraduate Student Presentation Awards, respectively, at the spring 2017 meeting.

At each meeting, the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) awards student presenters for the best oral and poster presentations. Typically separate awards are given for oral and poster presentations. Often, awards are also separated by graduate and undergraduate standing.

The judging of student presentations is a long-standing tradition at AERS meetings. The judging process provides valuable feedback on presentation quality, and may advance professional development. Receipt of an award is an important recognition, and can assist with applications to graduate schools or procuring employment. Should you have any questions regarding student judging feel free to contact Dave Yozzo or CJ Shlick. Judges are always needed. We encourage non-student AERS participants to serve as judges for student presentations. The judging of student oral presentations and posters is a vital service to the society and to our future professionals in estuarine science and management. Judges should strive to provide students with honest, constructive feedback which serves to identify areas of achievement and improvement. Should you have any comments regarding student judging or wish to participate please contact Dave Yozzo or CJ Shlick.


Fieldtrips and Workshops

Thursday Afternoon Workshop:

CV/Resume Bootcamp (Hosted by Dr. CJ Schlick and Dr. Kristy Lewis)

Do you know how long a potential employer reviews your CV and/or resume? Less than 2 minutes (sometimes less than 30 seconds if they have too many). This important document has to portray your work potential and skills in the short amount of time. This workshop provided tips on how to effectively communicate important information in your curriculum vitae’s and resumes. The workshop was tailored to students and early career scientists

Saturday Afternoon Field Trips:

Kayak Eco-tour of St. Mary's River

Bob Paul led a kayak tour after the conference from the River Center. Bob kindly offered his personal stash of kayaks to share with eager naturalists! 

 


Venue & Schedule

The venue was the campus of St. Mary's College of Maryland, located on the St. Mary's River just near the mouth of the Potomac River in Chesapeake Bay.

 

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, 23 March  

3:30 - 5:30 AERS Board Meeting River Center 2nd Floor Conference Room
5:00-6:00 Workshop River Center 1st Floor Classroom
5:00-8:00 Poster Setup Campus Center-Hallways near Cole Cinema
5:00-8:00 Registration open River Center 2nd Floor Hallway
6:00-9:00 Reception Social

River Center Awesome Room and Balcony

Friday, 24 March
7:45 - 8:30 Registration open Campus Center, Outside Cole Cinema
7:30-8:30 Continental Breakfast Aldom Lounge, Campus Center
8:30-8:45 Welcome Campus Center, Cole Cinema
8:50-9:00 St. Mary's Orientation Campus Center, Cole Cinema
9:00-9:30 Rich Batiuk Campus Center, Cole Cinema
9:30-10:30 Keynote: McGee Campus Center, Cole Cinema
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 Session 1 Campus Center, Cole Cinema
12:15-1:30 Lunch (boxed) Outside Cole Cinema, Campus Center
1:30-2:30 Session 2 Campus Center, Cole Cinema
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:45 Session 3 Campus Center, Cole Cinema
3:45-4:00 Break
4:00-5:00 Keynote: Rose Campus Center, Cole Cinema
5:00-5:45 AERS Business Meeting Campus Center, Cole Cinema
5:45-7:45 Poster Session Campus Center Hallways near Cole Cinema
8:00 Dinner Daugherty-Palmer Commons
Saturday, 25 March
7:45-8:45 Registration open Aldom Lounge, Campus Center
7:45-8:45 Continental Breakfast Cole Cinema, Campus Center
8:45-9:45 Keynote: DiPasquale Campus Center, Cole Cinema
9:45-10:45 Session 5 Campus Center, Cole Cinema
10:45-11:00 Break  
11:00-12:00 Session 6 Campus Center, Cole Cinema
12:00-12:30 Student Awards Campus Center, Cole Cinema
12:30 Adjourn  
p.m. Field Trips  

 

Sponsors

We are grateful to the following sponsors who have already agreed to support the Spring 2017 AERS meeting! Sponsorship helps provide support for students to attend, as well as keeping registration costs reasonable for all attendees.

 

Full Sponsors:

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
St. Mary's College of Maryland

Xylem - YSI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Sponsors:

St. Mary's River Watershed Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributing Sponsors:

Robert F. Chapman Restoration & Consulting LLC

Shore Thing Shellfish, LLC

 

 

 

 

 

Slack Winery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venders:

Xylem - YSI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Sponsorship

Full Sponsor: $500 and above. Name and Logo on announcements, program book, meeting website, and meeting screen between talks. Also, a banner display is permitted if you have one.

Supporting Sponsor: $250 to $499. Name on announcements, program book, meeting website, and meeting screen between talks.

Contributing Sponsor: Up to $250. Name in program book and website.

If you are interested in sponsoring this AERS meeting please contact AERS President Danielle Kreeger or Treasurer Jessie Jarvis to discuss the details of your sponsorship. Sponsor payments can also be made online via Square:

Vender Fee $300 Level Pay Now with Square
Contributing Sponsorship $200 Level Pay Now with Square
Supporting Sponsorship $250 Level Pay Now with Square
Full Sponsorship $500 Level Pay Now with Square
Vender Fee and Full Sponsorship $1000 Level
Pay Now with Square



Registration & Abstract Submissions


Registration and abstract submission are open for the Spring 2017 AERS meeting!
The deadline for both abstracts and early bird registration is 3 March 2017. Please follow these two steps:

Step 1. To register, please complete the first page of questions on the following Google forms. If you wish to also submit an abstract, simply proceed to the second page of questions.

Google Registration & Abstract Forms

If for some reason you cannot use this method, you can download a PDF version of the registration form, fill it out, and then send it to the AERS Program Chair, Ben Fertig, at benfertig@gmail.com.

Step 2. Please pay your registration fees. To pay, use the table below to calculate your rate, and take note of the early bird discount. Please be sure to send the payment that matches your selection on your registration form. You can easily submit your payment online by visiting our online payment page.

If for some reason you cannot use this payment method, please send a copy of your registration form and a check made payable to AERS to:

Jessie Jarvis
AERS Treasurer
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Rd., Wilmington, NC 2840
Tel: 910-962-2839
jarvis@uncw.edu

 


Registration is Open

Abstract Submission is Open

Abstract Deadline = March 3rd

Please Only Register One Time.

Spring 2017 Registration Rates

Registration Rates:
Registration Category 2017 Early-Bird Registration
On or Before March 3rd
2017 Late Registration
After March 3rd
Student Member $90 $105
Student Non-Member $105 $120
Regular Member $110 $125
Regular Non-Member $140 $155
Retired Member $90 $105




Student Presentation Awards

At each meeting, the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) awards student presenters for the best oral and poster presentations. Typically separate awards are given for oral and poster presentations. Often, awards are also separated by graduate and undergraduate standing.

Why? The judging of student presentations is a long-standing tradition at AERS meetings. The judging process provides valuable feedback on presentation quality, and may advance professional development. Receipt of an award is an important recognition, and can assist with applications to graduate schools or procuring employment. Should you have any questions regarding student judging feel free to contact Dave Yozzo or CJ Schlick.

Judges: We encourage non-student AERS participants to serve as judges for student presentations. The judging of student oral presentations and posters is a vital service to the society and to our future professionals in estuarine science and management. Judges should strive to provide students with honest, constructive feedback which serves to identify areas of achievement and improvement. Should you have any comments regarding student judging or wish to participate please contact Dave Yozzo or CJ Schlick.

Student Travel Awards

The AERS/Ann C. Powel Student Travel Fund is intended to help defray the costs associated with student (graduate and undergraduate) travel and participation in AERS meetings. AERS has a long tradition of supporting student travel. Student travel awards are given out of the AERS Student Endowment fund which is largely supported by our members. If you would like to contribute to the AERS Student Endowment, please visit our online contribution page.

In order to apply for a Student Travel Award, students must:

  1. Register and submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation at the meeting for which support is requested.

  2. Be a member in good standing (all dues paid).

  3. Submit a copy of your presentation abstract, a letter of application identifying your estimated meeting costs and other support you are receiving (if any), your vita, and a letter of recommendation / support from an advisor by 24 February 2017. Be sure to include a total estimate of your travel costs which will help us assess future budgetary needs.

  4. Submit all materials electronically to contact Dave Yozzo.

The Deadline for Student Travel Award Submissions is 24 February 2017.


Presentation Guidelines
Abstract Submissions
  • Abstracts are limited to 200 words.
  • Only one presentation (either oral or poster) per person is allowed.

  • Oral Presentations
  • Talks are allocated 15 minutes (12 for the talk; 3 for questions).
  • Session chairs will be keeping us on schedule.
  • Save talks in PowerPoint format. Format filenames according to this example: Fri_1300_Fertig
  • Please bring your talks in PowerPoint format on a jump drive to the registration desk for uploading. The laptop used to project will be PC.
  • Preview your slides to ensure they look correct and animations/videos work properly. Once you give your OK you cannot make additional changes.
  • Friday am talks MUST be loaded ON Thursday evening.
  • Friday pm talks MUST be loaded BY end of Friday am break.
  • Saturday talks before the break MUST be loaded BY end of last break on Friday.
  • Saturday talks after the break MUST be loaded BY end of the Saturday break.

    Poster Presentations
  • The location for posters will be provided at the Registration table, if not before.
  • Poster dimensions are 44" x 40".
  • Foam board, tacks, and easels will be available in the poster location.
  • Unless otherwise noted, posters may be set up as early as Thursday evening.
  • You must take down your poster by the end of the meeting on Saturday. Please also remove the tacks, collapse the easel, and place both in the designated collection areas.
  • Student Poster Presenters - Click Here for Tips and Suggestions on Your Preparing Your Poster


    Banquet

    TBD

    Lodging

    We have arranged a meeting hotel with 18% discounted rates for AERS attendees. Please stay here if you can. We've heard that some members are having some trouble getting the AERS room block rate. We've learned that you need to actually connect with the in-house receptionist to get this deal. If that receptionist does not answer, you might get transferred to the national booking line, and they can't help get the rate. So if that happens, please wait a bit and then re-try to get the local receptionist.

    Hampton Inn

    22211 Three Notch Rd, 

    Lexington Park, MD 20653

     

    25 King Rooms--$89/night

    15 Double Rooms--$94/night

    (that's an 18% discount)

     

    Directions




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