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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 Spring 2014
Back to the Future: Ecological Synthesis and Data Integration to Address Current and Emerging Issues in Coastal Science

March 27th - 29th, 2014
Ocean City, MD

The Spring 2014 AERS meeting will transition from the historical perspective of the Spring 2014 meeting to a future-oriented synoptic approach, emphasizing estuarine data infrastructures/integration.

Synthesis in estuarine and coastal science has recently been defined as ďthe inferential process whereby new models are developed from analysis of multiple data sets to explain observed patterns across a range of time and space scalesĒ. Understanding and addressing current and emerging issues in coastal and estuarine science will be aided by synthesis of large, distributed data sets. Though datasets are becoming accessible for synthesis in increasing quantity and volume, the infrastructures and best practices for data sharing, management and integration often remain fractured and thus underutilized. In this light, estuarine and coastal researchers, managers, and students will need to be informed about data tools they can use and potential solutions to data issues.

For this AERS meeting, we particularly encourage abstracts for oral and poster sessions from researchers, students, government, and industry that analyze or synthesize large and multiple data sets and/or address best practices, available resources, provide results from data-centric research/synthesis projects, or describe new technologies that can aid data-centric research/synthesis across space and time. We encourage abstracts that focus generally on current and emerging issues in estuarine and coastal sciences.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Walter Boynton (UMCES, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory)
  • Denise Breitburg (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)
  • Bill Dennison (UMCES, Integration and Application Network)
  • Holly Greening (Tampa Bay Estuary Program)
  • Anne Thessen (Arizona State University)

Our local hosts, Judith Stribling (Salisbury University), Frank Reilly (LMI), Danielle Kreeger (Drexel University), Ben Fertig (CCBC/Program Chair), and Dave Wilson & Carol Cain (Maryland Coastal Bays Program) 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.

A series of fieldtrips will be offered on Saturday, March 29th. For questions about the fieldtrips, please contact Bill Mahoney at or 410-213-2297 ext 106.

  1. Maryland Coastal Bays Program Hosted Fieldtrip #1
    1 p.m. Bishopville Prong Restoration Projects:
    Dam removal and the Lizard Hill regenerative stormwater conveyance Bring your boots for a short walking tour of this 20 -acre Atlantic white cedar bog restoration completed by the State Highway Administration and known as Lizard Hill. Some 6,500 Atlantic white cedars and almost 1,000 additional trees comprise the largest cedar restoration on Marylandís Eastern Shore. Then head to the Bishopville Dam to learn about the plans for dam removal and stream restoration. Nutrient reduction and habitat restoration are at the center of these two projects aimed at improving conditions in the St. Martin River and Isle of Wight Bay. $20/person. Participants will carpool from the hotel.

  2. Maryland Coastal Bays Program Hosted Fieldtrip #2
    2 p.m. Assateague Island National Seashore Restoration
    Take an escorted drive, with Assateague State Park Staff, to the north end of Assateague to survey the restoration and discuss barrier island ecology, plovers, and this winterís snowy owls. Meet at the State Park Marina parking area, on Route 611/Stephen Decatur Highway. The marina will be on your left hand side just before the Verrazano Bridge when headed onto Assateague Island. $20/person. Limited to 9 people.

  3. On Your Own
    Kayaking on Ayers Creek:
    Rentals, Tours or BYO boat (Weather Permitting) The sheltered, shallow waters of Ayers Creek provide an excellent spring paddle. The weather may be cold but eagles, osprey, kingfishers, and other wildlife are abundant, so bundle up and bring your binoculars. This is the site of the old Ocean City dump and through the efforts of the Town of Ocean City and MCBP was converted to a soft kayak launch and living shoreline. Even if you donít have a kayak, this secluded site is great for your inner chi.

    Launch your own non-motorized watercraft from the Lewis Road Kayak Launch for free.

    Rent a kayak through Ayers Creek Adventures for 20$/boat/hour (single or tandem).

    Take a tour @ 4:30 p.m. with Ayers Creek Adventures for 30$/person/2-hour tour (normally 50$).

  4. On Your Own
    Self-Guided Tour of Restoration Activities in Marylandís Coastal Bays
    While you are in town you may want to check out some of the current restoration work happening in Marylandís coastal bays. Take the MCBP-provided Restoration Brochure with you and head to the OC Inlet, Peruvian flute living shorelines, Lewis Road Kayak Launch, and more as you see and learn more about MCBPís restoration efforts at your own pace. Transportation will be on your own. MCBP will provide pamphlet and directions for these sites plus give a brief verbal description of what youíll see.

  5. On Your Own
    The parks on Assateague Island are a great resource for outdoor enthusiasts. Both parks have day-use areas, ocean-side beaches, and great wildlife viewing. Both parks have entrance fees.

    Assateague State Park
    Assateague Island National Seashore

Venue & Schedule
The main venue for the meeting will be Carousel Hotel in Ocean City, MD.

Carousel Oceanfront Hotel
118th Street on the Ocean (11700 Coastal Highway)
Ocean City, MD 21842


Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, 27 March 2014
18:00 Registration Opens Atrium Entrance
18:30 - 22:00 Openning Social Delaware Room
Friday, 28 March 2014
07:00 Registration Opens Atrium Entrance
07:00 - 08:00 Continental Breakfast Maryland Room
08:00 - 10:00 Scientific Program Maryland Room
10:00 - 10:30 Break Maryland Room
10:30 - 11:30 Scientific Program Maryland Room
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Maryland Room
14:00 - 14:30 Break Maryland Room
14:30 - 16:00 Scientific Program Maryland Room
  17:00 - 18:00 Poster Session TBA
18:00 - 21:00 Banquet Pennsylvania Room
Saturday, 29 March 2014
07:30 - 08:30 Continental Breakfast TBA
08:30 - 10:00 Scientific Program TBA
10:00 - 10:30 Break TBA
10:30 - 12:00 Scientific Program TBA
12:00 - 12:30 Wrap-Up & Adjorn TBA
  13:00   Field Trips   See Field Trip Section Above


Barnegat Bay Partnership Coastal Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Delaware Center for Inland Bays
George Mason University - Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center HDR Maryland SeaGrant
Maryland Coastal Bays Program Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Salisbury University
Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS) YSI - A Xylem Brand  

Registration & Abstract Submissions

We have implemented new online registration and abstract submission tools. You can register for the Spring 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 15 March 2014.

Registration Rates:
Registration Category Early-Bird Registration
On or Before 15 March 2014
Late Registration
After 15 March 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 15 March 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 15 March 2014.

Natural SelectionAnother fun-filled banquet has been planned for our upcoming meeting! In addition to a delicious buffet, we will have great live entertainment. By popular demand, Natural Selection will be back to rock the night away! This promises to be a night you won't forget!

A block of rooms at the Carousel Hotel has been secured. You will need to Call the hotel at 800-641-0011 to make a reservation. Please make sure to mention the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society. The room rate is $83 + tax. Reservation requests need to be in no later than February 27, 2014.

Call in for Reservations:
Mention the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society when calling.


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