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The Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) meets twice a year. There is a Spring meeing and a Fall meeting. During years of the US Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Meeting (CERF), AERS does not have a Fall meeting so that our membership can attend the CERF meeting.

AERS Fall 2014
Sandy and Superlative Storms: Resilience, Recovery, Restoration

October 30th - November 1st, 2014
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Galloway, NJ


The Fall 2014 AERS meeting will focus on the impacts of Superstorm Sandy. The Barnegat Bay Partnership recalls on their website, ďSandy started forming in the Caribbean on October 19, 2012. It quickly gained strength, becoming a tropical depression and then a tropical storm in just six hours. Sandy was upgraded to a hurricane on October 24th when its maximum sustained winds reached 74 mph. Hurricane Sandy, the 10th of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, hit Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, and the Bahamas before turning north toward the U.S. coast. As Sandy headed north, it collided with an arctic air mass, which created a large and dangerous storm system spanning nearly 1,000 miles. Sandy made landfall in New Jersey in the Atlantic City area around 8 p.m. on Monday, October 29th, with sustained hurricane-force winds of 80 mph or more and dangerous flood tides as high as 13 feet, according to the National Hurricane Center. Sandy's strength and angle of approach combined to create this record storm surge. A full moon on Monday making high tides higher than normal only added to the massive storm surge.Ē

As climate changes and storm frequencies and intensities may change, it is critical to understand and address environmental and societal resilience with respect to strong storms in order to facilitate recovery and restoration. In this light, estuarine and coastal researchers, managers, and students will benefit by being informed about ecosystem response to disturbances and environmental engineering designed to minimize risk and impact.
As Sandy made landfall October 29 about 15 miles east of the Richard Stockton campus, the timing and venue and theme of this AERS meeting are all very fitting. We particularly encourage abstracts for oral and poster sessions from researchers, students, government, and industry with regard to Sandy and/or that analyze and/or synthesize the assessment, resilience, recovery, and restoration of ecosystems after storms that affect estuarine and coastal areas.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Mike Kennish, Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS)
  • Dr. Neil K. Ganju, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Science Center
  • Dr. Stewart Farrell, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Coastal Research Center

Our local hosts, Pete Staub (Richard Stockton College), Mike De Luca (Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences) and Frank Reilly (LMI) have planned a fantastic meeting for us!

The program is now available for you to view prior to the meeting. Please note that you will receive a hard copy of the program at the meeting, so there is no need to print this out. View Program

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. Learn more about the Student Presentation Awards.

  • Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Stockton Marine Lab
  • Rutgers Marine Labs
  • Pine Barrens
  • Mullica River Kayak Trip: Download Details

Venue & Schedule
The main venue for the meeting will be the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, in Galloway, NJ.


Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, 30 October 2014
  13:00 - 16:00   Workshops and Vendor Exhibits   Classroom at Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (Note: ~30 min drive from Stockton Seaview).

Please let and know if you are interested in either hosting a workshop or exhibiting as a sponsor.

18:00 Registration Opens Science Center Atrium
  18:00 - 22:00   Exhibits Open   Science Center Atrium
18:30 - 22:00 Openning Social & Costume Preview (Optional)

Science Center Atrium
Friday, 31 October 2014
07:00 Registration Opens Theater Alcove
07:00 - 08:00 Continental Breakfast Theater Alcove
08:00 - 10:00 Scientific Program Campus Center Theater
10:00 - 10:30 Break Theater Alcove
10:30 - 12:00 Scientific Program Campus Center Theater
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 - 15:15 Scientific Program Campus Center Theater
15:15 - 15:30 Break Theater Alcove
  15:30 - 16:30 Scientific Program Campus Center Theater
16:30 - 17:15 AERS Business Meeting Campus Center Theater
  18:00 - 19:30   Poster Session   Events Room or Lobby
  19:30 - 22:30   Banquet and Costume Contest   Events Room
Saturday, 1 November 2014
  07:30   Registration Opens   Theater Alcove
07:30 - 08:00 Continental Breakfast Theater Alcove
08:00 - 10:00 Scientific Program Campus Center Theater
10:00 - 10:30 Break Theater Alcove
10:30 - 12:30 Scientific Program Campus Center Theater
12:30 - 13:00 Wrap-Up & Adjorn Campus Center Theater
  13:00   Field Trips   See Field Trip Section Above


Coastal Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Stockton College: New Jersey's Distinctive Public College
  YSI - A Xylem Brand  

Supporting Sponsors:

Barnegat Bay Partnership

If you are interested in sponsoring this AERS meeting please contact Treda Smith () to discuss the details of your sponsorship. Those sponsoring at the $500 level can also pay online via Square:

Sponsorship $500 Level
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Registration & Abstract Submissions

We have implemented new online registration and abstract submission tools. You can register for the Fall 2014 AERS meeting and submit your oral presentation or poster presentation abstract online by clicking on the buttons on the right. At the end of the registration process you will be directed to our electronic payment page. AERS encourages meeting attendees to register and pay online. If you prefer to fill out and mail in a registration application or to pay by check, please download our printable registration form and instructions. If you want to print and mail a registration form, but still prefer to pay online, you can visit our online payment page.

Student Poster Presenters - Click Here for Tips and Suggestions on Your Preparing Your Poster

Register Online

Abstract Submission Is Currently Closed

The deadline for Early-Bird Registration is 30 September 2014.

Registration Rates:
Registration Category Early-Bird Registration
On or Before 30 September 2014
Late Registration
After 30 September 2014
Student Member $90 $105
Student Non-Member $105 $120
Regular Member $110 $125
Regular Non-Member $140 $155
Retired Member $90 $105

Ann C. Powel 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 30 September 2014. 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 Dave Yozzo ().

The Deadline for Student Travel Award Submissions Is 30 September 2014.

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.

  • Banquet
    Halloween Costume Contest: Bacon and EggsAnother fun-filled banquet has been planned for our upcoming meeting! In addition to a delicious buffet, we will also have a costume contest in honor of Halloween! There will be an optional costume preview on Thursday night and the contest will be at our banquet on Friday. This promises to be a night you won't forget!

    A block of rooms at the beautiful Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club has been secured until October 16th at a great rate ($134/night). You can reserve a room online at:


    Directions to Stockton SeaView:

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