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).
AERS Spring 2017
March 16th - 18th, 2017
St. Mary's College
47645 College Drive,
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
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 February 24, 2017.
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..
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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).
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
- Nicholas DiPasquale
- Beth McGee
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 Workshops:
Student Workshop on Preparing Your CV/Resume. More info soon. Being organized by CJ Schlick.
Science Communication Workshop. More info soon.
Saturday Afternoon Field Trips:
Canoe Trip (tentative)
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.
You will not want to miss the Thursday evening welcome reception. We're planning an oyster eat in the wonderful boathouse on campus. We expect to also have some top quality local beers, along with donated oysters. More details soon.
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. On Saturday , we'll have a half day more presentations, followed by optional afternoon field trips.
Stay tuned for more schedule info as it gets decided.
We are currently looking for sponsors! Sponsorship helps provide support for students to attend, as well as keeping registration costs as reasonable as possible for all attendees.
We are grateful to the following sponsors who have already agreed to support the Spring 2017 AERS meeting!
Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation
St. Mary's College of Maryland
none as yet
Shore Thing Shellfish, LLC
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
|Contributing Sponsorship $200 Level
|Supporting Sponsorship $250 Level
|Full Sponsorship $500 Level
|Vender Fee and Full Sponsorship $1000 Level
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 24 February 2014. 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 email@example.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:
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Rd., Wilmington, NC 2840
Registration is Open
Abstract Submission is Open
Abstract Deadline = February 24th
Please Only Register One Time.
Spring 2017 Registration Rates
||2017 Early-Bird Registration
On or Before February 24th
|2017 Late Registration
After February 24th
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:
- Register and submit an abstract for a poster or oral presentation at the meeting for which support is requested.
- Be a member in good standing (all dues paid).
- 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.
- Submit all materials electronically to contact Dave Yozzo.
The Deadline for Student Travel Award Submissions is 24 February 2017.
Abstracts are limited to 200 words.
Only one presentation (either oral or poster) per person is allowed.
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.
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 have arranged a meeting hotel with 18% discounted rates for AERS attendees. Please stay here if you can.
15 Double Rooms--$94/night