Southeastern Estuarine Research Society

A non-profit educational organization dedicated to the informal exchange of interdisciplinary information related to estuaries of the southeastern United States. SEERS promotes discussion of estuarine research, science, and management; promotes discussion of current research projects and management issues; and encourages participation of student colleagues. SEERS membership is largely, but not exclusively, from the states of NC, SC, GA and FL. SEERS typically meets twice per year, including the biennial CERF Conference. SEERS is an affiliate society of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation.

 

News

2016 Fall Meeting: REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Registration is now open for the 2016 Fall Meeting, to be held October 6-8, 2016 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. We will have a special session on “Tidal Transformations”, and Dr. Antonio Rodriguez from UNC-Chapel Hill will be our plenary speaker. See the Next Meeting page for registration, prices, deadlines (September 16, 2016, 5 p.m.), student travel awards, presentation guidelines, and instructions to reserve a hotel room.

Also remember to renew your membership for calendar year 2016 if you have not already done so, or join as a new member. Members receive discounted meeting registration, and student members may apply for travel awards. You can pay dues along with member meeting registration, or pay membership separately.


Thanks to our 2016 Fall Meeting Sponsors

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Welcome New Board Members for 2016

SEERS is pleased to announce that, following elections this spring, Cassondra Thomas is our new President-Elect and Jessica Reichmuth is our new Program Chair. Congratulations to Cassondra and Jessica, who will join other SEERS Governing Board members for their two-year terms of service.

On behalf of all the members of SEERS, I thank outgoing Past President Robert Virnstein and outgoing Program Chair Loren Mathews for their service to our society. After this election, our recent President, Geno Olmi, becomes the Past President. Thanks to Geno for guiding our Society for the past two years.

Erik Smith, incoming SEERS President

Incoming President Erik Smith (R) receives The Crab Mallet from outgoing President Geno Olmi (L).
Incoming President Erik Smith (R) receives The Crab Mallet from outgoing President Geno Olmi (L).


Dennis Allen named Honorary Member of SEERS

Dennis Allen (L) was presented with Honorary Membership by outgoing President Geno Olmi (R).
Dennis Allen (L) was presented with Honorary Membership by outgoing President Geno Olmi (R).
At our Spring 2016 meeting, it was the SEERS Board’s extreme pleasure to bestow Honorary Membership on Dennis Allen, both for his exceptional contributions to the Society and for his outstanding work in the field of coastal and estuarine research. In addition to his many scholarly contributions, Dr. Allen has been a member and active participant of SEERS continuously since 1978, serving as Program Chair in 1984-1986 and President from 1990-1992. He also served as President-Elect, President, and Past-President of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (then known as the Estuarine Research Federation) from 1999-2005.


Meeting at University of South Carolina Beaufort Focused on Sea Level Rise

SEERS held its Spring 2016 meeting at the Hilton Head Gateway Campus of the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) on 10-12 March 2016. Thanks to the outstanding efforts by local host Joe Staton (USCB) and program chair Loren Mathews (Georgia Southern University), the meeting was a tremendous success as well as a great deal of fun! Over 90 people attended the meeting, which included 30 oral and 26 poster presentations. Roughly half of these presentations were from students, including 12 undergraduates.

The meeting kicked off Thursday night with a reception and a keynote address by Christopher Marsh of the LowCountry Institute. Dr. Marsh’s engaging talk, entitled “Climate Change and the Future of Southeastern Coastal Habitats: A Naturalist’s Perspective,” served to introduce the theme of the Friday special session on Sea Level Rise and Estuaries of the Southeast. Invited speakers for this session included Dr. Jeremy Stalker of Jacksonville University, Dr. Lisa Chambers of the University of Central Florida, Dr. James Morris of the University of South Carolina, and Dr. William Conner of Clemson University.

Friday began with a “Coffee & Career Advice” student networking breakfast with professionals. After a full day of oral presentations and the formal poster session, everyone headed over to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resource’s Waddell Mariculture Center , where we caught the sunset over the Colleton River before the banquet, thanks to Waddell Center Director Al Stokes and the Bluffton Oyster Company.

After a full morning of oral presentations on Saturday, the meeting concluded with the Business Meeting and Student Award Presentations. Thanks to Wade Sheldon for providing photographs of the opening reception and closing award presentations.

Best Student Presentation winners pose with Erik Smith, incoming President and Chair of the Student Promotions Committee.  (L-R) Brooke Campbell, Eilea Knotts, Erik Smith, Adrienne Kambouris, and Agnieszka Monczak
Best Student Presentation winners pose with Erik Smith, incoming President and Chair of the Student Promotions Committee. (L-R) Brooke Campbell, Eilea Knotts, Erik Smith, Adrienne Kambouris, and Agnieszka Monczak


 

 

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