Please mark your calendars for our next meeting, which is planned for November 17-19, 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
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
The schedule will be similar to recent meetings, and more details and times will be posted as they are firmed up.
More info on field trips and workshops coming soon!
Thursday Afternoon Workshop:
Explore Your AERS Territory! (on own)
For starters, check out “Visit Baltimore!"
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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!
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:
Fall 2016 Registration Rates
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 (David.Yozzo@purchase.
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 (David.Yozzo@purchase.
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:
Deadline for Student Travel Award Submissions is 28 October 2016.
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.
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