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The Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) meets twice a year. There is a Spring meeing and a Fall meeting. During years of the US Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Meeting (CERF), AERS does not have a Fall meeting so that our membership can attend the CERF meeting.


AERS Spring 2015
Blue Carbon

March 12th - 14th, 2015
UNC Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), Wanchese, NC

       


Overview
The theme for the Spring 2015 AERS meeting is "Blue Carbon". With a majority of Americans now supporting action on climate change, according to a new New York Times/Stanford University Poll, the question remains how we can best offset or reduce the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Estuarine ecosystems, because of their high productivity and carbon sequestration in seagrasses, marshes, mangroves, and “black” carbon (in peat, sediments and mudflats), and their lack of inclusion in most carbon storage models, are some of the best ways we may have to achieve a carbon neutral future (we still must reduce CO2 emissions and increase C sequestration by expanding estuarine areas with high rates of carbon storage). How much does each of these estuarine habitat carbon sinks store? What is the impact of losses in the carbon-storing habitats? Can carbon sequestration in estuaries and tropical mangrove systems be increased? Can economic incentives be used to conserve and increase carbon storage in estuaries? We have invited some of the nation’s experts to talk to us about carbon storage in estuaries. We have also arranged a series of informative workshops, field trips, poster sessions, and contributed paper sessions on estuarine topics with student awards.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Hans Pearl, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Dr. Robert Twilley, Louisiana Sea Grant / Louisiana State University
  • Dr. Sid Mitra, East Carolina University

Our local hosts, Joe Luczkovich, Tom Allen, Christine Avenarius, Robert Christian, Reide Corbett, David Griffith, David Kimmel, Sid Mitra, Mike Piehler, Hans Vogelsong and JP Walsh from East Carolina University have planned a fantastic meeting for us!




Program
The program is now available for you to view prior to the meeting. Please note that you will receive a hard copy of the program at the meeting, so there is no need to print this out. View Program

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: a note to 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 ()




Fieldtrips
  • Informative Hike Through Nags Head Woods to Albemarle Sound, led by Aaron McCall, Nature Conservancy and J.P. Walsh, ECU. Easy hike, bring water/binoculars/camera and wear outdoor clothes (windbreaker, rain suits, etc.) and shoes that you can hike in. - Thursday, March 12th (4 - 5 pm)

  • Tour of Jennette’s Pier – An Invaluable and Innovative State Facility, led by Mike Remige, Pier Director. Causal dress, you will not get wet. - Thursday, March 12th (3 - 5 pm)

  • Outer Banks Environments, Dynamics and Societal Challenges. Visits will be made to a few interesting areas along the Outer Banks to discuss their form, function and challenges regarding their management. Led by J.P. Walsh and Reide Corbett, ECU ICSP & UNC CSI. Driving tour, bring water/snack/binoculars/camera and wear weather-appropriate outdoor clothes (windbreaker, rain suits, etc.) and shoes that you can walk the beach with. - Saturday, March 14th (1 - 4 pm)

  • Trawling on R/V Riggs (ECU Research vessel). Bring deck boots, foul weather gear/rainsuit, and wear clothing you hate. You WILL get wet. Led by Joe Luczkovich and sponsored by the ECU Office of Diving and Water Safety. - Saturday, March 14th (1 - 4 pm)

Please e-mail Joe Luczkovich (luczkovichj@ecu.edu) prior to the conference if you would like to participate in one of these great fieldtrips.




Venue & Schedule
The main venue for the meeting will be the UNC Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), in Wanchese, NC.

 

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, 12 March 2015
  13:00 - 17:00   Workshops and Fieldtrips  

Workshop 1: Mid-Atlantic Coastal Atlas Workshop; Tom Allen Moderator - CSI Room 225B

Workshop 2: Student Employment Workshop; CJ Schlick Student Coordinator & Christine Avenarius Moderator - CSI Room 262

Fieldtrip 1: Tour of Jennette’s Pier – An Invaluable and Innovative State Facility, led by Mike Remige, Pier Director. Causal dress, you will not get wet. - Thursday, March 12th (3 - 5 pm)

Fieldtrip 2: Informative Hike Through Nags Head Woods to Albemarle Sound, led by Aaron McCall, Nature Conservancy and J.P. Walsh, ECU. Easy hike, bring water/binoculars/camera and wear outdoor clothes (windbreaker, rain suits, etc.) and shoes that you can hike in. - Thursday, March 12th (4 - 5 pm)

17:30 Registration Opens CSI Atrium
  19:30   Keynote Address: Hans Pearl - "Impacts of Human and Climatic Perturbations on Blue, Green and Black Carbon in Our Estuaries"   CSI Room 262
 
 
 
Friday, 13 March 2015
08:00 Registration Opens CSI Room 262
08:00 - 10:00 Keynote Speakers and Panel Discussion on Meeting Theme Blue Carbon CSI
10:00 - 10:30 Break CSI Atrium
10:30 - 12:00 Contributed Papers CSI Room 262
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch CSI Marine Operations Building
13:30 - 15:15 Contributed Papers CSI Room 262
15:15 - 15:30 Break CSI Atrium
  15:30 - 17:00 Contributed Papers CSI Room 262
17:00 - 18:00 AERS Business Meeting CSI Room 262
  18:00 - 19:30   Poster Session   CSI Atrium
  20:00 - ?   Banquet   Pamlico Jack's Pirate Ship Restaurant
 
 
 
Saturday, 14 March 2015
  08:00   Registration Opens   CSI Atrium
08:30 - 10:00 Contributed Papers CSI Room 262
10:00 - 10:30 Break CSI Atrium
10:30 - 12:00 Scientific Program CSI Room 262
12:00 - 13:00 Wrap-Up & Adjorn CSI Room 262
  13:00   Field Trips  

Fieldtrip 1: Outer Banks Environments, Dynamics and Societal Challenges. Visits will be made to a few interesting areas along the Outer Banks to discuss their form, function and challenges regarding their management. Led by J.P. Walsh and Reide Corbett, ECU ICSP & UNC CSI. Driving tour, bring water/snack/binoculars/camera and wear weather-appropriate outdoor clothes (windbreaker, rain suits, etc.) and shoes that you can walk the beach with.

Fieldtrip 2: Trawling on R/V Riggs (ECU Research vessel). Bring deck boots, foul weather gear/rainsuit, and wear clothing you hate. You WILL get wet. Led by Joe Luczkovich and sponsored by the ECU Office of Diving and Water Safety.




Sponsors

Coastal Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) ECU

- Department of Biology
- Institute for Coastal Science and Policy
- Office of Diving and Water Safety
North Carolina SeaGrant
UNC - CSI Virginia SeaGrant YSI - A Xylem Brand
     
     
     

If you are interested in sponsoring this AERS meeting please contact Treda Smith () to discuss the details of your sponsorship. Those sponsoring at the $500 level can also pay online via Square:

Sponsorship $500 Level
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Registration & Abstract Submissions

We have implemented new online registration and abstract submission tools. You can register for the Spring 2015 AERS meeting and submit your oral presentation or poster presentation abstract online by clicking on the buttons on the right. At the end of the registration process you will be directed to our electronic payment page. AERS encourages meeting attendees to register and pay online. If you prefer to fill out and mail in a registration application or to pay by check, please download our printable registration form and instructions. If you want to print and mail a registration form, but still prefer to pay online, you can visit our online payment page.

Register Online

Abstract Submission Is Currently Closed

Please Only Register One Time. If You Have Already Registered And Just Need To Pay Please Visit Our Online Payment Page.

The deadline for Early-Bird Registration is 27 February 2015.

Registration Rates:
Registration Category Early-Bird Registration
On or Before 27 February 2015
Late Registration
After 27 February 2015
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 20 February 2015. 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 20 February 2015.




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
    Halloween Costume Contest: Bacon and EggsAnother fun-filled banquet has been planned for our upcoming meeting! We will be going to Pamlico Jack's Pirate Ship Restaurant! This promises to be a night you won't forget!

    Milepost 15.5 on Hwy 158
    6708 S. Croatan Highway
    Nags Head, NC 27959
    http://www.pamlicojacks.com/






    Lodging
    A block of rooms at the Comfort Inn in Nags Head has been secured until February 19th at great rates ($59 - $99/night). You can reserve a room by calling them at (252) 441-6315 and mentioning AERS.




    Directions

    Directions to the Comfort Inn:
    http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-nags_head-north_carolina-NC236/Hotel-Map

    Directions to CSI:

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