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AERS is seeking nominations for the Treasurer Elect Position

This spring AERS will elect a new Treasurer-Elect at the business meeting in Rehoboth Beach.  The Treasurer-Elect is a one year position during which the successful candidate will work with the current Treasurer to learn the AERS financial system, followed by a two year term as Treasurer.  The position takes effect upon election.  We currently have one candidate whose statement appears below.  Members will be able to make additional nominations from the floor at the business meeting.

Please contact the Nominations Chair, Mark Brush with additional nominations ASAP!

Cassie Gurbisz
candidate statement

     I am currently an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. I received my PhD in 2016 in Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory. After graduating, I worked as a postdoc for a year at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, after which I joined the faculty at St. Mary’s. As a coastal systems ecologist, my research broadly investigates the processes underlying the restoration and resilience of coastal ecosystems with a focus on foundation species, such as submersed aquatic vegetation (SAV) and marshes. I am particularly interested in how recovering living resources impact ecosystem processes. For example, I am currently investigating the extent to which recovering SAV populations in the upper Chesapeake Bay seasonally retain nutrients.

     I am running for AERS treasurer because I would like to contribute to the society in a meaningful and substantive way. I have been involved in the AERS program committee since I began attending meetings as a graduate student. During that time, I benefitted immensely from being immersed in the close-knit AERS community. I met many smart and interesting colleagues, received valuable feedback on my research, and also had fun and made some friends along the way. Now, I would like to give back to the Society by taking on an active role in its functioning so that others can continue to enjoy these benefits. I am generally organized and responsible, which are valuable traits for any task, but especially those of treasurer. I am currently managing several research budgets, and in the past, I managed expenditures at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Karen Noonan Center for Environmental Education. I also organized an AERS costume contest fundraiser for the Student Travel Fund during the Halloween meeting of 2014. As AERS treasurer, I would draw on these skills and experiences to ensure that the Society’s financial operations are accurately maintained and continue to run smoothly.

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