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Please mark your calendars for our next meeting, which is planned for November 17-19, 2016!

The updated dealine for abstracts and early registration (cheaper) is on or before November 4th, 2016.

The venue will be the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland. Please see below for information on this meeting, and please check back periodically as new details are added.

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.

Thank you to everyone who attended our spring 2016 meeting in Virginia Beach on March 10th-12th. We had more than 90 attendees!

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

November 17th - 19th, 2016
Catonsville Campus, Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland
800 South Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD


The deadline for early registration, abstracts, and student travel applications is November 4, 2016.


The theme of the Fall 2016 meeting is "Back to Basics: Estuarine Fauna, Flora and Relationships" from headwaters to oceans.

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 Catonsville Campus of the Community College of Baltimore County. 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 (CCBC), George Mateja (CCBC), Elka Porter (UB), Ben Fertig (UMD), Anna Davis (UMD) and Audrey Pleva (UMD). 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, and session themes.

Program & Schedule


Here are some of the invited speakers, in keeping with the theme: "Back to Basics: Estuarine Fauna, Flora and Relationship from Headwaters to Oceans."

  • "Water" — Bill Boicourt — UMCES-HPL

  • “Animal” -- Joe Luczkovich – Eastern Carolina University

  • “Vegetable” – Linda Blum – University of Virginia

  • “Mineral” – Cindy Palinkas – UMCES-HPL

  • "Microbial" — Wolf Pecher — University of Baltimore

The schedule will be similar to recent meetings, and more details and times will be posted as they are firmed up.

Thursday Nov. 17


3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

AERS Board Meeting

MASH Building, 2nd Floor (Room 213)

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Registration Open

SSRV Building

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Poster Setup

Mash Building

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Social Media Workshop
SSRV Building

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Reception Social & Keynote Address: Bill Boicourt (UMCES - HPL)

SSRV Building


Friday Nov. 18

7:45 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

SSRV Building

7:45 am - 8:30 am
Registration Open
SSRV Building
8:30 am - 9:15 am
Keynote: Joe Luczkovitch
SSRV Building
9:15 am - 10:00 am
Session 1A (3 talks)
SSRV Building

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Break (light refreshments)

SSRV Building

10:15 am - 11:15 am
Session 1B (4 talks)
SSRV Building
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Keynote: Linda Blum
SSRV Building

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Box Lunch

SSRV Building

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Student Lunch with Keynote Speakers


1:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Session 2 (7 talks)
SSRV Building

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm


SSRV Building

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Keynote: Cindy Palinkas
SSRV Building

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


SSRV Building

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

AERS Business Meeting

SSRV Building

5:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Poster Session

Mash Building, Hallway

8:00 pm

Banquet & Fun!

Olive Grove Restaurant

Saturday Nov. 19

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

SSRV Building

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Registration Open
SSRV Building
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Keynote: Wolf Pecher
SSRV Building

9:45 am - 10:00 am


SSRV Building

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Session 3 (6 talks)
SSRV Building
11:30 am - 11:45 am
Student Awards
SSRV Building
11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Closing Remarks
SSRV Building
12:00 pm

12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch On Own

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Jones Falls Field Trip

Jones Falls

Field Trips and Workshops

Thursday Afternoon Workshop:

Social Media Workshop. 5:00 - 6:00 pm in SSRV Building.

In todays world social media is changing how we interact socially and professionally. Many have tried to ignore social media as it applies professionally, but this could be hurting your employment opportunities.

This workshop will cover the importance of social media for increasing your professional reputation and increase the exposure of your work, as well as provide tips on job hunting skills. This workshop is tailored to students and early career scientists, but later career scientists are encouraged to attend to provide their insight and to pass this information onto their students. I will provide many resources for individuals interested in places to search for career opportunities.

Saturday Afternoon Field Trip:

Jones Falls, Maryland. Led by Stan Kemp and Wolf Pecher, take a closer look at Baltimore’s central urban waterway

Time: Saturday 230 pm

Meeting Place: Gordon Plaza at University of Baltimore (NE corner of Maryland Av. and Mt. Royal Av.)

Bring: comfortable walking shoes, clothes suitable for a hike

Description: Join Stan Kemp (and Wolf Pecher) from University of Baltimore for a walking tour of the lower Jones Falls, the main freshwater tributary to the Inner Harbor. Central to the early development of the city and its industry and transportation, the Jones Falls has been an urban waterway for centuries. We will discuss the impacts from the urban landscape and stormwater/ sewer infrastructure on the Jones Falls ecosystem and beyond as we walk along the Jones Falls trail up to Round Falls. Highlights of this infrastructure include the Jones Falls Conduit, stormwater outfalls, and buried streams. We also will talk about the striking resiliency of an urban ecosystem that was long ago forgotten and in some cases buried underground. The hike will be about 3 miles roundtrip. Parking is available in the Fitzgerald garage on Oliver street.


Explore Your AERS Territory! (on own)

For starters, check out “Visit Baltimore!"

Also worth researching:

  • Hart Miller Island
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • Inner Harbor restaurants, such as Phillips, Power Plant Live, and the dueling piano bar at Howl at the Moon
  • Heavy Seas has an ale house in Baltimore
  • Chesapeake Brewery has an Alehouse in Annapolis
  • Pratt Street Ale House is near the Baltimore convention center
  • James Joyce in Harbor East has live Irish music on the weekends
  • Fells Point has several historic bars,often with authentic blues
  • Or check out Dempsey's at Camden Yards
  • ESPN Zone at the Inner Harbor
  • Mustang Alleys, a bowling alley/bar near Fells Point
  • Pub crawl in Federal Hill or Fells Point



The venue is the CCBC Catonsville campus, which has a pleasing mix of historic and modern structures. It's located WSW of Baltimore near the Beltway I695. There is ample parking and nearby lodging.

More info on the schedule will be posted as soon as possible.

We expect the meeting to begin with Thursday field trips and an evening reception. Friday will consist of full day oral presentation sessions, a poster session, short business meeting, and then a catered dinner. Saturday will wind up with morning sessions and then possibly additional field trips in the afternoon.




Sponsors are currently being sought for the Fall 2016 AERS meeting. See below for info on the various sponsorship levels and the vender fee. Please send any questions (or tips!) to AERS President Danielle Kreeger.

We are grateful to the following sponsors who have already agreed to help with the upcoming meeting!

Full Sponsors:

Maryland Sea Grant







Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland







Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation






YSI - Xylem







Supporting Sponsors:

The University of Baltimore






Contributing Sponsors:

Gunpowder Falls Brewery





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 $200. 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 now open for the Fall 2016 AERS meeting! And more good news - registration fees are unchanged from last year and the spring 2016 meeting!

The deadline for both abstracts and early bird registration is November 4, 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 PDF version of the registration form, fill it out, and then send it 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:

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

Registration is open

Abstract submission is open

Abstract Deadline = November 4th

Please Only Register One Time.

Fall 2016 Registration Rates

Registration Rates:
Registration Category 2016 Early-Bird Registration
On or Before November 4th
2016 Late Registration
After November 4th
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.

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 (

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 28 October 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 4 November 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


    We are planning a nice banquet for Friday evening at the Olive Grove, a local restaurant. Expect to be treated to some classic Cheaspeake treats.



    There are several local hotel options available, although none are within walking distance of the campus. Here are three options located near Security Boulevard, which is probably closest and least expensive but there are not many eating/night spots nearby. There are others nearer to Columbia, but they are a bit further and pricier. If anyone finds a good spot and price, please post the tip to the AERS Facebook page.

    Ramada Limited Baltimore West
    6422 Baltimore National Pike, Baltimore, MD 21228
    Distance: 3.8 mi
    Rating: 3.0/5

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites
    5701 Baltimore National Pike, Baltimore, MD 21228 
    Distance:  5 mi (using I 695)
    Rating: 4.5/5

    Comfort Inn
    5801 Baltimore Nat'l Pike, Catonsville, MD 21228 
    Distance (using I 695): 4.8 mi
    Rating: 3.5/5


    The venue's address is:

    CCBC Catonsville Campus
    800 South Rolling Road
    Baltimore, MD 21228-5317

    A campus map is shown below.








    And here is a Google map.

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