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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 2016
Urban Estuaries

March 10th - 12th, 2016
CBF Brock Environmental Center, Virginia Beach, VA


The deadline for early registration, abstracts, and student travel applications is February 26, 2016.
Space is limited this year, and interested participants are encouraged to register early.

The theme of the Spring 2016 meeting is Urban Estuaries. With growing populations in coastal cities along the Atlantic, there are increasing demands being placed on a number of environments. Estuarine functions of shoreline stabilization, soil retention, nutrient cycling and habitat are important to the long-term success of both natural and human populations. In southeast Virginia, as in many other coastal communities, urban estuaries represent resilient transitional habitats that despite being at the intersection of sea-level rise, decades of industrial impacts, aging infrastructure and cultural eutrophication, provide pivotal roles to natural resources and the people that live and work here. Several unique challenges include the balancing of managing socio-economic needs along with conservation and restoration of ecological functions in impacted estuaries.

We have invited a diverse group of experts to discuss these challenges and how they are being addressed throughout the country. The meeting will also include workshops, fieldtrips, and contributed paper and poster sessions on varied estuarine topics with student awards. 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.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier, University of Maryland, Earth System Science Center
  • Skip Stiles, Wetlands Watch

Local hosts: Joe Wood, Joe Rieger, Todd Egerton, Sarah Blachman, Ben Fertig

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: 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 and Workshops

More info coming soon. A special workshop for students is being planned for Thursday afternoon, March 10th. Stay tuned.

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.

More info on the schedule coming soon.


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. Those sponsoring at the $500 level can also pay online via Square:

Vender Fee $300 Level Pay Now with Square
Contributing Sponsor Support $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 T

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

    A block of rooms at the Days Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Airport have been secured until February 10th at great rates ($44.99 - $53.99/night). If you stay here, please mention AERS when you book. Here is their address and phone:

    Days Inn Norfolk Airport
    1450 N Military Hwy
    Norfolk, VA 23502

    Other local options include:

    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

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

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


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