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Schedule and Program


*Subject to change*

Thursday April 5th

4 - 5 pm Workshops
Workshop 1: Everything you always wanted to know about the unwritten rules of Science, Ethics and Sexual Harassment but were too afraid to ask
Location: Lewes Campus for University of Delaware’s College of Earth Ocean and Environment
3 - 5 pm Board Meeting

3 - 6 pm Field Trip 
Field Trip 1: James Farm Ecological Preserve Tour, Ocean View, DE ($0)

5 - 5:30 pm Tour of RV Sharp

Location: Lewes Campus for University of Delaware’s College of Earth Ocean and Environment

6 - 10 pm Social at Chesapeake and Main Restaurant

Friday April 6th

8:00 - 8:15 - Registration, Sands Hotel, Rehoboth Beach

8:30 - Welcome

8:50 - Keynote Speaker - J. Gallagher

9:15 - 10:30  - Morning Session

10:45 - Break

11:00 - Ignite talks: Session A (see bottom pane)

11:35  - Keynote Speaker B. Jones

12:00 - Lunch

1:30 Ignite talks: Session B (see bottom pane)

2:05 Keynote Speaker - D. Monroe

2:30-5:00 Afternoon Session

5:15 - Business meeting

6:00 - Poster Session - Boardwalk Grille

7:30 - Banquet & Auction (Swan Ball Room, Sands Hotel)

Saturday April 7th

8:00 - 8:15 - Registration, Sands Hotel, Rehoboth Beach

8:15 - Welcome

8:35 Keynote Speaker - K. de Mutsert

9:00 - 9:45 - Morning Session

10:00 - Ignite Talks Session C (see bottom pane)

10:45 - Break

11:00 - Keynote Speaker - L. Hamdan

11:25 - 12:55 Afternoon Session

1:10 Student awards

1:30 Closing remarks

2 - 5 pm Field Trips

Field Trip 2: Boat Tour of Rehoboth and Indian River Bays, Rehoboth Beach ($20)

Field Trip 3: Tour of Prime Hook NWR Tidal marsh Restoration Project ($0)

Field Trip 4: Kayak Tour of Broadkill River ($0)

Ignite Talks

 Session A Session B Session C
 JesianJohnson  Philips
 Richards Rosales McGowan
 Wist Voss St. Laurent
 Dennison Espinosa Whiteman


A silent auction will take place during the banquet on Friday evening, 6 April. To make a donation(s), please contact LeeAnn Haaf ( 

Consider donating your favorite local craft brew 6 pack,
pieces of AERS history, or original artwork!

Thursday Afternoon Workshop:

The science is easy – navigating the interpersonal/professional issues is complicated!  How should you interact with colleagues and collaborators?  How should you try to present yourself?  What is professional?  What about job interviews, negotiations?  Where are the lines with sexual harassment?  Numerous studies have shown that there is unconscious bias against women in business, academia and sciences.  Bias affects treatment with respect, grading, hiring, promotion, tenure and pay.  Other hurdles affect women and men, micro aggressions, ‘gender shrapnel’, sexual harassment; and some efforts to protect women can actually hinder careers.   We will discuss current data and strategies for men and women, faculty, students, and department chairs, for professional success, improving diversity, and for dealing with gender bias or harassment.

"Everything you always wanted to know about the Unwritten Rules of Science, Ethics and Sexual Harassment but were afraid to ask..."

Rachel L. Roper, PhD, Associate Professor, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University

Chesapeake and Maine Restaurant

Dogfish Head's geographically-inspired seafood restaurant. Our chefs source seafood from the Chesapeake region and Maine. The restaurant is located next door to Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

CERFTones to rock the 70th!

The scientist musician ensemble will be traveling down from the NEERS area to get everyone on the dance floor for post-dinner dance party on Friday night.

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