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We are pleased to report that initial planning is underway for our spring 2017 meeting, and we now have the venue and dates. The spring 2017 meeting will be held at St. Mary's College of Maryland on March 16-18. Yes, astute AERSians will note that this is the weekend of St. Patrick's Day, so maybe bring your Ulva colored hats! More details will be coming soon, but please hold those dates!

Thanks again to everyone who participated in a very successful fall 2016 meeting at the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland. In all, we had a little more than 60 paid attendees with 5 keynote presentations, 20 contributed talks (7 by students), and 16 contributed posters (13 by students).

All of the info below is pertaining to our last meeting, but we expect full details about the upcomg spring meeting to be posted by early February.

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 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Meeting (CERF). In even numbered years, AERS meets in the fall under a similar format to our annual spring meetings

AERS Spring 2017

March 16th - 18th, 2017

St. Mary's College

47645 College Drive, St. Mary's City, MD 20686

NEW!! AERS T-Shirt Contest

Have an awesome idea for an AERS t-shirt design? Submit your design(s) to Spencer Tassone,, 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).


AERS Fall 2016
Back to Basics: Estuarine Fauna, Flora and Relationships

November 17th - 19th, 2016
Owings Mills Center, Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland


The deadline for early registration, abstracts, and student travel applications will be November 3, 2016.

The theme of the Fall 2016 meeting is "Back to Basics". Estuarine science and management is becoming increasingly complex as we strive to adapt to myriad challenges. New technologies, approaches and sub-fields are emerging, which makes this an exciting time to be a member of AERS, CERF and the larger environmental community. But to address new challenges and respond to new opportunities, it's important to stay rooted and maintain a solid understanding of estuarine fundamentals. As AERS approaches its 70th anniversary in 2018, it's a fitting time to reflect on our roots and refresh our knowledge regarding key fauna, flora and interrelationships that underpin the estuarine ecology.

We are inviting several experts to reflect on the current state of our knowledge about estuarine fundamentals. The meeting will also likely include some topical workshops and local fieldtrips in the Baltimore area. And of course we'll have contributed paper and poster sessions on varied estuarine topics, with student awards.

The venue will be the Owings Mills Center at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, MD. This will be a convenient site near key highways, BWI airport, and within a short distance of downtown Baltimore. It's a watershed venue with ample oppprtunities for local nature outings and field trips.

Local hosts: David O'Neill, George Mateja, Elka Porter and Ben Fertig. Please send any program suggestions to Ben Fertig or Angela Padeletti.

Please stay tuned to this website for more information as it becomes available regarding workshops, field trips, abstract submission, session themes and registration.


More info on the program coming soon!

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.

Judging of student presentations: a note to student presenters at AERS meetings. 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 (

Judging of student presentations: 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 (

Fieldtrips and Workshops

Thursday Afternoon Workshops:

An Interactive Pictorial Key to the Decapod Zoeae of the Mid-Atlantic. This workshop demonstrates an easy-to-use online key to decapod zoeae. It uses original photos of diagnostic features to minimize unfamiliar terminology. This key features automatic PowerPoint links to each step in the identification process. The characters used are those easiest to see under a stereo microscope. Identified species link directly to specific web pages in providing more detailed information on distribution, ecology, and additional photographs. Currently, the key contains 24 species of decapods plus local mysids and stomatopods. In this workshop, we will illustrate the features of the key using specific examples.

Social Media and Your Professional / Scientific Reputation. Do you need an online presence as a scientific investigator? You already have one. Just google your name and see what comes up. Would you like to have more control over what Google produces for you? This workshop will cover the importance of social media for increasing your professional reputation and increase the exposure of your work. We will also discuss the tools (LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs, etc.) that will provide the best service for your profile. This workshop will go beyond the basics of setting up profiles, into tips on maximizing your impact on social media.

Thursday Afternoon Field Trip:

Money Point and Paradise Creek Nature Park, Elizabeth River, Thursday March 10th at 2:30 pm

Join Elizabeth River Project staff to explore Money Point which was the first sediment remediation projects in the US carried out by a non-profit. The project removed over 16,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment and replaces it with over 3 acres of oyster reefs, 7 acres of wetlands and buffer, and a reclaimed river bottom. The project has resulted in reductions in fish cancer, increases in fish usage, and increases in benthic communities. This project also serves as one of the region’s first green infrastructure resiliency project. Come learn about how to cleanup an urban river and how to adapt to sea level rise. Once done at Money Point, Elizabeth River Project staff will provide a guided tour of Paradise Nature Park in Portsmouth, VA. This urban park hosts an 11 acre tidal wetland project, urban stormwater projects, hiking trails and more. Come see urban restoration at its best. Download the flyer and sign-up info.

Minimum participants required: 6
Maximum participants: 30

Saturday Afternoon Field Trip:

Lynnhaven River-Pleasure House Point Canoe Trip, Saturday March 12th at 1:00 pm

Join Chesapeake Bay Foundation educators on a paddle through the Lynnhaven River with an opportunity to check out some local oyster reefs and sea grass beds. The trip (~1 hour) will leave directly from the Brock Environmental Center and will start promptly after the meeting ends on Saturday. To sign up please email Joe Wood ( ). Please try to sign up before March 8th so we can determine if there are sufficient numbers to proceed.

$15 per participant; subject to cancellation due to weather.
Minimum participants required: 6
Maximum participants: 30




Venue & Schedule

The venue is the recently constructed LEED Platinum Brock Environmental Center located along the Lynnhaven River near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, with plenty of nearby wetland habitats to explore.

Space is limited, and interested participants are encouraged to register early. Also, please carpool when possible since parking might be limited.

Overall Schedule

Thursday March 10

1 - 2:30 pm - Workshops

Workshop 1. An Interactive Pictorial Key to Mid-Atlantic Decapod Zoeae (Oyster Conference Room)

Workshop 2 - Social Media and Your Professional/Scientific Reputation (Horseshoe Crab Room)

3 - 5 pm - Field Trip

Field Trip 1 - Money Point and Paradise Creek Nature Park, Elizabeth River

5:30 - 7:30 pm - Registration Open. Social. Poster setup. Exhibitors (Oyster Room)

Friday March 11

7:45 - 8:15 am - Registration Open (Oyster Room)

8 am - 10:30 am - Keynote Speakers (Oyster Room)

10:30 - 11 am - Break

11 am - 12 pm - Contributed Papers (Oyster Room)

12 - 2:15 - Lunch (Oyster Room)

2:15 - 3:30 pm - Contributed Papers (Oyster Room)

3:30 - 4:00 - Break

4:00 - 5:15 pm - Contributed Papers (Oyster Room)

5:15 - 6 pm - AERS Business Meeting (Oyster Room)

6 - 7:30 pm - Poster Session (Oyster Room)

8 pm - ? - Banquet and Auction (Waterside Deck at the Lesner Inn, 3319 Shore Driver, Virginia Beach)

Saturday March 12

8 - 9 am - Registration Open (Oyster Room)

9 - 10 am - Contributed Papers (Oyster Room)

10 - 10:30 am - Break

10:30 - 11:15 am - Contributed Papers (Oyster Room)

11:15 - 11:45 - Keynote Speaker (Boesch, Oyster Room)

11:45 - 12:00 am - Wrap-Up, Student Awards (Oyster Room)

Closing Remarks & Adjourn

1 - 2 pm - Field Trip

Field Trip 2 - Lynnhaven River-Pleasure House Point Canoe Trip


We are grateful to the following sponsors of the Spring 2016 AERS meeting!

Full Sponsors:

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation






Virginia Sea Grant

Supporting Sponsors:

none as yet

Contributing Sponsors:

Smart Mouth Brewing Company




Green Flash Brewing Company




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 Treda Grayson () or Treasurer Sam Lake ( 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
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Registration & Abstract Submissions

Registration and abstract submission are now open for the Spring 2016 AERS meeting! And more good news - registration fees are unchanged from last year!
The deadline for both abstracts and early bird registration is 26 February 2016. 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 Word version of the registration and abstract forms and then after completion send them to the AERS Program Chair, Ben Fertig, at

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:

Sam Lake
AERS Treasurer
1208 Greate Rd.
Gloucester Point, VA 23062
Tel: (757) 645-8997

Registration is Open

Abstract Submission Is Open

Abstract Deadline = February 20th

Please Only Register One Time.

Spring 2016 Registration Rates.

Registration Rates:
Registration Category 2016 Early-Bird Registration
On or Before February 26th
2016 Late Registration
After February 26th
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 26 February 2016. 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 26 February 2016.

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

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    We are excited for the Friday banquet at the nearby Waterside Deck at the Lesner Inn.

    The Lesner Inn Catering Club
    3319 Shore Drive - Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    Lunch and Dinner options are available for download.




    We are planning to hold an auction at the Spring 2016 meeting to raise money for the Student Endowment Fund, which supports student travel awards. Please consider making a donation for the auction; examples include art work and crafted items such as photography, pottery, or wood carvings, books, institutional swag (mugs, t-shirts, glasses, hats), a day of field help or boat time. Be as creative as possible. If you have an item or two you would like to donate or if you have any questions concerning this endeavor please contact Sara Blachman at Auction will be held Friday Evening, March 11, 2016.



    There are several local hotel options available, including:

    First Landing State Park
    Cabins include kitchen, living room, 1 queen bedroom, bunk beds (2-4)
    2500 Shore Dr.
    Virginia Beach, VA 23451
    ~$99 night & 116/$ out of state

    Quality Inn Little Creek
    5189 Shore Dr.
    Virginia Beach, VA 23455
    (757) 460-5566

    Best Western
    5718 Northampton Blvd.
    Virginia Beach, VA 23455
    (757) 363-2500

    Howard Johnson Inn Virginia Beach
    5173 Shore Dr.
    Virginia Beach, VA
    (757) 460-1151

    2968 Shore Dr.
    Virginia Beach, VA 23451
    (757) 481-7992

    Days Inn Norfolk Airport (ask for AERS room rate)
    1450 N Military Hwy
    Norfolk, VA 23502



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