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Schedule AT GLANCE

Full program available here

Thursday, March 21st  - Davis Hall (unless noted)

12:00 – 5:00 pm     Margaret A. Davidson (MAD) Workshop
3:00 – 5:00             Board Meeting
5:00 – 6:00            Tour of Acuff Center for Aquaculture and Nunnally Fish Collection                     
6:00 – 9:00             Welcome Social

Friday, March 22th - Watermans Hall

8:00 – 8:45 am      Registration and Light Breakfast
8:45 – 9:00            Welcome and Announcements
9:00 – 10:15          Keynote Talks and Panel Discussion:  Holloman-Hill, Mitchell, Wood
10:15 – 10:30        BREAK
10:30 – 10:45        Koontz*
10:45 – 11:00        DiPetto*
11:00 – 11:15        Pellegrino
11:15 – 11:30        Dodsworth*

11:30 -  1:00          LUNCH

12:00 - 1:00          Optional ally/community education workshop

1:00 – 1:15            Plenary: Blum
1:15 – 1:30           Leach*
1:30 – 1:45           Rebolledo-Sanchez*
1:45 – 2:00           Iorliam*
2:00 – 2:07           Armstrong* (Ignite)
2:08 – 2:15           Baker* (Ignite)
2:15 – 2:30           Guldin*
2:30 – 2:45           BREAK
2:45 – 3:00           Yin
3:00 – 3:15           McQuade
3:15 – 3:30           Henry*

3:30 – 4:30           AERS Business Meeting
4:30 – 6:30           Poster Session
6:45 – 9:45           Banquet (Riverwalk Landing Restaurant)

Saturday, March 23rd - Watermans Hall

8:00 – 8:45 am    Registration and Light Breakfast
8:45 – 9:00          Welcome and Announcements
9:00 – 9:07          Chambers (Ignite)
9:08 – 9:15          Ramos* (Ignite)
9:15 – 9:30          Newton*
9:30 – 9:45          Fowler
9:45 – 10:00        Boonman Morales*
10:00 – 10:15      Roldan Ayala*
10:15 – 10:30      BREAK
10:30 – 10:45      O’Connor*
10:45 – 11:00      Attarwala*
11:00 – 11:15      Bevans*
11:15 – 11:30      Pujols*
11:30 – 11:45      Rivest
11:45 – 12:00      Loftis
12:00 – 12:15      Reilly
12:15 – 1:00        Awards and Closing

* Student Presenter


Get those (virtual) paddles ready! AERS is pleased to announce the return our favorite in-person conference events by once again hosting a Silent Auction at the spring 2024 meeting All proceeds from the Silent Auction go to support our student endowment fund, with provides support to attend AERS conferences through travel grants and to students conducting novel research through an (in-development) small research grant.

Auction items will be displayed on site, but bids will be taken here on the Bidding Owl website. You do not have to attend the AERS meeting to bid, but you must have someone attending on your behalf to pick up items in person . Bidding will open the day before the conference on Wednesday March 20th. Bidding will end Friday, March 22nd at 6 PM.

All items must be paid for and picked up in person by the morning break on Saturday. If you are the high bidder, funds will be automatically charged to your card at the close of the auction.

All proceeds from the Silent Auction go to support our student endowment fund, with provides support to attend AERS conferences through travel grants and to students conducting novel research through an (in-development) small research grant.


AERS is pleased to invite local High School students to attend our upcoming spring conference at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, March 21-23. Learn about cutting-edge research, network with professionals, and gain insights that could shape your future.

Thanks to generous donations to our student endowment, we've made the registration fee just $10, ensuring that this incredible opportunity is accessible to everyone. We understand the financial challenges students may face, and we want to eliminate those barriers that might prevent you from attending.

Whether you're already passionate about marine / estuarine science or just curious to learn more, this conference is your chance to connect with experts and your peers in a low-pressure environment. By providing this opportunity, we hope to inspire the next generation of marine and estuarine scientists!

Your $10 registration fee cover all conference activities except for the Friday night banquet. Should you wish to attend that, tickets may be available at an additional cost. You are welcome to attend all other events and presentations, or choose what is most interesting to you when the final program comes out.

Either way, we hope you will join us for a chance to be part of a community dedicated to exploring and preserving our most vital ecosystems.

The Margaret A. Davidson
Coastal Career Workshop

March 21, 2024ยท 12:00pm-5:00pm

VIMS Gloucester Campus - Davis Hall
(7539 Spencer Rd, Gloucester Point, VA 23062)

Register Here

Download the MAD AERS Workshop Agenda here!

Questions? Please contact The Coastal Society Workshop Planning Team Lead Jeff Flood (

Lunch options around the county are available, but we encourage you to visit Don Chido's Food truck, which will be parked just outside of the auditorium.  Grab a quick bite then join us back inside for a lunchtime ally and community education session.  Based on the He, She, Ze & We training, this event will help attendees expand their knowledge about gender identity and learn ways to provide a more welcoming, inclusive environment to Transgender and Nonbinary individuals. Given the specific scientific/research audience we hope to touch on issues with gender identity in the field and discuss the paper, Navigating Gender at Sea


Molly Mitchell

Assistant Professor, Center for Coastal Resources Management

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

My research interests focus on shifts in coastal resources due to the interaction of sea level rise and human-driven changes.  Although primarily an ecologist, I work on projects involving physical dynamics (sea level rise trend analysis, shoreline geology) and human decision making (social vulnerability, sea level rise adaptation, adaptive management application).  Changes in shoreline resources are dependent both on the physical processes that drive the natural dynamics of the coastal system and the way in which humans react to those changes.  Coastal adaptation (shoreline stabilization, flood walls, etc.) change the physical characteristics of the systems and affect the natural adaptations of the ecological system. Understanding the interaction of these different disciplines is critical to projecting the future of our coastal resources. My research is meant to be applied by planners on all levels (local, state, federal, etc.) and across resources (marshes, roads, buildings, etc.) I work with representatives from many different groups to help translate research and current scientific understanding into practical recommendations.

Adrian Wood

Multimedia Producer, Repair Lab

University of Virginia

Adrian Wood is a sound artist, multimedia producer and social practitioner working at the intersection of landscape and identity towards the goal of environmental justice and a regenerative economy. Adrian’s work centers the ear, drawing listeners in using sounds of water and wind, howls, whispers, seismic vibrations, and archival audio to explore invisible forces and histories that shape our social, ecological world. Adrian’s social practice is multifaceted: they serve as a board of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology; they co-organized a Virginia Queer Farmer Convergence in 2022; and, in 2017, they co-founded a DIY environmental justice podcast documenting resistance to now-cancelled Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Adrian has joined in the struggle for racial and environmental justice with organizations including the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR), Mountain Justice, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and more. In their role as Producer with the University of Virginia's Repair Lab, Adrian wrote and produced the podcast Wading Between Two Titans, which has earned two 2023 Signal Awards in the categories of Sustainability & Environment and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Adrian’s creative work has been recognized and awarded through institutions including UnionDocs, The University of Michigan, the College of William & Mary, Experimental Sound Studio and the University of Chicago.

Erica Holloman-Hill

CEO, Ayika Solutions

Dr.Erica Holloman- aka Dr E. earned her B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science and a M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science from Hampton University in 1998 and 2001, respectively.  In January 2012, she obtained a doctoral degree in Marine Science from the  College of William & Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS).  Dr E’s areas of expertise lie in the fields of marine and climate science, environmental risk assessments (human and ecological), community-based participatory research (CBPR), participatory action research (PAR), and environmental justice. In 2016, Dr. E established Ayika Solutions, Inc. (ASI), a family-owned environmental consulting firm that strives to co-create and co-manage the sacred spaces where sound science and authentic community engagement merge into implementable solutions. Currently under her leadership, ASI is co-developing and directing the implementation of an Environmental Justice Program for their partner, the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA). Dr. E has served as a member of the US EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (2016 -2019) and is currently serving as a member of the Georgia Chapter of the National Women In Agriculture Association, the Leadership Circle for Harambee House/Citizen for Environmental Justice, the City of Atlanta’s Clean Energy Advisory Board, the Clean Water Fund Board, Black Sustainability Network Inc Board, and co-owner of Market 166 Grocery Store and Kitchen Co-op.  Dr. E is raising her four sons, Asim, Asad, Asir, and Asun, in her childhood home of East Point, GA.


Linda K. Blum

Research Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science

University of Virginia

Linda Blum received her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1980. Four years later she accepted a position at the University of Virginia in the Department of Environmental where she has been ever since. Her research focused on understanding the fate of organic matter in salt marshes and soil development as it impacts marsh persistence in an environment of rising sea levels. She was very fortunate to work with a number of amazing colleagues on an unending series of interesting questions. Most notable was her collaboration with Bob Christian and Mark Brinson which fostered a passion for understanding how biological and hydrogeomorphic processes influence the development of marshes in coastal settings experiencing rapid sea-level rise and anthropogenic alterations of the coastal zone.


This years banquet entertainment, The Tidewinders, play hard-driving bluegrass, poignant ballads, and classic favorites. Members Chris Smith and Jared Lawson are former VIMS interns and run a local oyster hatchery and farm in Mathews, VA . Rounding out the band are Doug LeForge, Pete Liljeberg, and Michael Gregg. Visit their website to learn more and see where else they will be playing next:

Thank you to our Spring 2024 sponsors!





Gloucester Brewing Company

Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center

at George Mason University

College of William and Mary

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