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The Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) meets twice a year. There is a Spring meeing and a Fall meeting. During odd-numbered years, the fall meeting of AERS is held in concert with the biennial conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF). Please check out the latest info on CERF 2017, to be held in Providence, RI, on November 5-9.


 

 

AERS Spring 2017

March 16th - 18th, 2017
St. Mary's College
47645 College Drive, St. Mary's City, MD 20686 http://www.smcm.edu/

 

We are pleased to report that our spring 2017 meeting will be held at St. Mary's College of Maryland on March 16-18. Astute AERSians will note that this is the weekend of St. Patrick's Day, so maybe bring your Ulva colored hats! Some information is available below, and more details will be added soon.


 
     


The deadline for early registration, abstracts, and student travel applications will be March 2, 2017.

Overview

The theme of the Spring 2017 meeting is "Continuing Science in the Face of Change." We'll likely touch on several policy issues in addition to the typically strong scientific program. The meeting will also likely include some workshops, local field trips, and maybe even a local oyster and beer event! The venue will be the campus of St. Mary's College, and at a time when students are on break.

The meeting will kick off on Thursday afternoon with the AERS workshop (5-6 pm, see below), followed by an exciting reception and AERS kick-off social at the St. Mary's College of Maryland James P. Muldoon River Centerin the Awesome Room and balcony. This will serve as our Thursday evening welcome event, from 6-9 pm (but get there early for the food).  We will have local oysters from Shore Thing Shellfish and local wine and beer from Slack Winery and Ruddy Duck Brewery respectively. The River Center supports estuarine river research, sailing programs, crew teams and general recreation including kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and sailboats that are used widely by the student body.  

Friday will include a full day of invited and contributed presentations, followed by our late afternoon poster session. Friday evening we'll plan a wonderful banquet, followed by music and dancing.

Finally, on Saturday please join us for another full scientific program during the morning. After adjournment at lunch, there will be several fun and interesting afternoon field trips or sightseeing options (see below).

Local hosts

Thanks to Treda Grayson, Kristy Lewis and Cassie Gurbisz for handling local arrangements. These folks, along with program committee co-chairs Ben Fertig and Angela Padeletti, are alreadying lining up some great invited speakers. Please send any program suggestions to Ben or Angela.

NEW!! AERS T-Shirt Contest

Have an awesome idea for an AERS t-shirt design? Submit your design(s) to Spencer Tassone, tassones@vcu.edu, by February 10, 2017 for your chance to have your design printed on AERS shirts for the upcoming Spring 2017 meeting. If your design is chosen you will win a free shirt and a year long membership to AERS and CERF!

Please follow the AERS Facebook page to stay apprised on the T-Shirt contest, or just throw out some ideas (or trash talk amongst labs).


 

Program

More info on the program coming soon!

Here is a list of our confirmed invited speakers, in keeping with the theme: "Continuing Science in the Face of Change."

  • Kenny Rose - "Applied science as difficult knowledge: Interacting with other scientists and the engaged public"
  • Nicholas DiPasquale
  • Beth McGee
   

Students

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.

The judging of student presentations is a long-standing tradition at AERS meetings. The judging process provides valuable feedback on presentation quality, and may advance professional development. Receipt of an award is an important recognition, and can assist with applications to graduate schools or procuring employment. Should you have any questions regarding student judging feel free to contact Dave Yozzo or CJ Shlick. Judges are always needed. We encourage non-student AERS participants to serve as judges for student presentations. The judging of student oral presentations and posters is a vital service to the society and to our future professionals in estuarine science and management. Judges should strive to provide students with honest, constructive feedback which serves to identify areas of achievement and improvement. Should you have any comments regarding student judging or wish to participate please contact Dave Yozzo or CJ Shlick.


Fieldtrips and Workshops

Thursday Afternoon Workshop:

CV/Resume Bootcamp (Hosted by Dr. CJ Schlick and Dr. Kristy Lewis)

Do you know how long a potential employer reviews your CV and/or resume? Less than 2 minutes (sometimes less than 30 seconds if they have too many). This important document has to portray your work potential and skills in the short amount of time. This workshop is to provide tips on how to effectively communicate important information in your curriculum vitae’s and resumes. The workshop is tailored to students and early career scientists, but advisors could relay the useful information to their students not in attendance and potential future students. Additionally, we are willing to examine any printed CV’s and resumes brought to the workshop.

Saturday Afternoon Field Trips:

Kayak Eco-tour of St. Mary's River: Sign Up Here!

For those interested in learning more about the St. Mary's River estuary and history, please join Bob Paul for a BYOK (bring your own kayak) tour which will launch after the conference from the River Center, at about 1 p.m..  If you don't have a kayak to bring, Bob has kindly offered his personal stash of kayaks to share with eager naturalists!  Please contact him directly to nail one of this down:  rwpaul@smcm.edu.  He has a total of 7 extra.  


Historic St. Mary's City: (Conference goers should make arrangements on their own, details below)

We encourage you to take this opportunity to learn more about the interesting and sometime tumultuous history of the first colony and capital of Maryland, St. Mary's City. The historic site will have just started their new Spring hours which can be found here:  Hours  Also, feel free to reserve your own Adult Tour. St. Mary's City is a former colonial town and was Maryland's first colonial settlement and capital. It is now a large, state-run historic area, reconstruction of the original colonial settlement, living history area and museum complex, also known as Historic St. Mary's City. Half of the area is also the campus of the public honors college, St. Mary's College of Maryland. St. Mary's City is the historic site of the founding of the Colony of Maryland (then called the Province of Maryland). The original settlement was also the fourth oldest permanent English settlement in the United States. St. Mary's City is also considered the birthplace of religious freedom in America, with the earliest North American colonial settlement ever established with the specific mandate of being a haven for both Catholic and Protestant Christian faiths. It is also an internationally recognized archaeological research area and training center for archaeologists, and is home to the Historical Archaeology Field School. There have been over 200 archaeological digs in St. Mary's city over the last 30 years. Archaeological research continues in the city. It is an unincorporated community under state law, and is located in southern St. Mary's County, Maryland, which in turn is the southernmost tip of the state of Maryland on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.St. Mary's City is bordered by the St. Mary's River, a short, brackish water tidal tributary of the Potomac river, near where it empties into the Chesapeake. [Source: Wikipedia]

Ruddy Duck Oyster Tasting

St. Mary's Campus Tour


Venue & Schedule

The venue is the campus of St. Mary's College of Maryland, located on the St. Mary's River just near the mouth of the Potomac River in Chesapeake Bay. There are plenty of estuarine habitats to explore in the vicinity.

 

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, 23 March  

3:30 - 5:30 AERS Board Meeting River Center 2nd Floor Conference Room
5:00-6:00 Workshop River Center 1st Floor Classroom
5:00-8:00 Poster Setup Campus Center-Hallways near Cole Cinema
5:00-8:00 Registration open River Center 2nd Floor Hallway
6:00-9:00 Reception Social

River Center Awesome Room and Balcony

Friday, 24 March
7:45 - 8:30 Registration open Campus Center, Outside Cole Cinema
7:30-8:30 Continental Breakfast Aldom Lounge, Campus Center
8:30-8:45 Welcome Campus Center, Cole Cinema
8:50-9:00 St. Mary's Orientation Campus Center, Cole Cinema
9:00-9:30 Rich Batiuk Campus Center, Cole Cinema
9:30-10:30 Keynote: McGee Campus Center, Cole Cinema
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 Session 1 Campus Center, Cole Cinema
12:15-1:30 Lunch (boxed) Outside Cole Cinema, Campus Center
1:30-2:30 Session 2 Campus Center, Cole Cinema
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:45 Session 3 Campus Center, Cole Cinema
3:45-4:00 Break
4:00-5:00 Keynote: Rose Campus Center, Cole Cinema
5:00-5:45 AERS Business Meeting Campus Center, Cole Cinema
5:45-7:45 Poster Session Campus Center Hallways near Cole Cinema
8:00 Dinner Daugherty-Palmer Commons
Saturday, 25 March
7:45-8:45 Registration open Aldom Lounge, Campus Center
7:45-8:45 Continental Breakfast Cole Cinema, Campus Center
8:45-9:45 Keynote: DiPasquale Campus Center, Cole Cinema
9:45-10:45 Session 5 Campus Center, Cole Cinema
10:45-11:00 Break  
11:00-12:00 Session 6 Campus Center, Cole Cinema
12:00-12:30 Student Awards Campus Center, Cole Cinema
12:30 Adjourn  
p.m. Field Trips  

 

Sponsors

We are grateful to the following sponsors who have already agreed to support the Spring 2017 AERS meeting! Sponsorship helps provide support for students to attend, as well as keeping registration costs reasonable for all attendees.

 

Full Sponsors:

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
St. Mary's College of Maryland

Xylem - YSI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Sponsors:

St. Mary's River Watershed Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributing Sponsors:

Robert F. Chapman Restoration & Consulting LLC

Shore Thing Shellfish, LLC

 

 

 

 

 

Slack Winery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venders:

Xylem - YSI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Sponsorship

Full Sponsor: $500 and above. Name and Logo on announcements, program book, meeting website, and meeting screen between talks. Also, a banner display is permitted if you have one.

Supporting Sponsor: $250 to $499. Name on announcements, program book, meeting website, and meeting screen between talks.

Contributing Sponsor: Up to $250. Name in program book and website.

If you are interested in sponsoring this AERS meeting please contact AERS President Danielle Kreeger or Treasurer Jessie Jarvis to discuss the details of your sponsorship. Sponsor payments can also be made online via Square:

Vender Fee $300 Level Pay Now with Square
Contributing Sponsorship $200 Level Pay Now with Square
Supporting Sponsorship $250 Level Pay Now with Square
Full Sponsorship $500 Level Pay Now with Square
Vender Fee and Full Sponsorship $1000 Level
Pay Now with Square



Registration & Abstract Submissions


Registration and abstract submission are open for the Spring 2017 AERS meeting!
The deadline for both abstracts and early bird registration is 3 March 2017. Please follow these two steps:

Step 1. To register, please complete the first page of questions on the following Google forms. If you wish to also submit an abstract, simply proceed to the second page of questions.

Google Registration & Abstract Forms

If for some reason you cannot use this method, you can download a PDF version of the registration form, fill it out, and then send it to the AERS Program Chair, Ben Fertig, at benfertig@gmail.com.

Step 2. Please pay your registration fees. To pay, use the table below to calculate your rate, and take note of the early bird discount. Please be sure to send the payment that matches your selection on your registration form. You can easily submit your payment online by visiting our online payment page.

If for some reason you cannot use this payment method, please send a copy of your registration form and a check made payable to AERS to:

Jessie Jarvis
AERS Treasurer
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Rd., Wilmington, NC 2840
Tel: 910-962-2839
jarvis@uncw.edu

 


Registration is Open

Abstract Submission is Open

Abstract Deadline = March 3rd

Please Only Register One Time.

Spring 2017 Registration Rates

Registration Rates:
Registration Category 2017 Early-Bird Registration
On or Before March 3rd
2017 Late Registration
After March 3rd
Student Member $90 $105
Student Non-Member $105 $120
Regular Member $110 $125
Regular Non-Member $140 $155
Retired Member $90 $105




Student Presentation Awards

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.

Why? The judging of student presentations is a long-standing tradition at AERS meetings. The judging process provides valuable feedback on presentation quality, and may advance professional development. Receipt of an award is an important recognition, and can assist with applications to graduate schools or procuring employment. Should you have any questions regarding student judging feel free to contact Dave Yozzo or CJ Schlick.

Judges: We encourage non-student AERS participants to serve as judges for student presentations. The judging of student oral presentations and posters is a vital service to the society and to our future professionals in estuarine science and management. Judges should strive to provide students with honest, constructive feedback which serves to identify areas of achievement and improvement. Should you have any comments regarding student judging or wish to participate please contact Dave Yozzo or CJ Schlick.

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 24 February 2017. 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 contact Dave Yozzo.

The Deadline for Student Travel Award Submissions is 24 February 2017.


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


    Banquet

    TBD

    Lodging

    We have arranged a meeting hotel with 18% discounted rates for AERS attendees. Please stay here if you can. We've heard that some members are having some trouble getting the AERS room block rate. We've learned that you need to actually connect with the in-house receptionist to get this deal. If that receptionist does not answer, you might get transferred to the national booking line, and they can't help get the rate. So if that happens, please wait a bit and then re-try to get the local receptionist.

    Hampton Inn

    22211 Three Notch Rd, 

    Lexington Park, MD 20653

     

    25 King Rooms--$89/night

    15 Double Rooms--$94/night

    (that's an 18% discount)

     

    Directions




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