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.



2017 Spring Meeting: Abstracts Closed, Regular Registration Fees in Effect

The deadline for abstract submission, student travel award applications, and early registration pricing has passed. You can still register for the 3 SEERS days at regular rates or register with BEMS for the full 5 days online until April 7.

Post-Docs & Graduate Students: BEMS is sponsoring a Science Communication Workshop on Wednesday, April 12. The cost of the workshop is covered by BEMS. For more information, see:

2017 Spring Meeting: REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Registration is now open for the 2017 Spring Meeting, to be held jointly with the Benthic Ecology Meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC, April 12-16, 2017. The SEERS portion of the meeting will be held April 13-15, 2017. The meeting theme is Sustainable Oceans in Theory and Practice. See the Next Meeting page for registration, prices, deadlines (February 15, 2017 (5 pm)), student travel awards, presentation guidelines, and instructions to reserve a hotel room.

Also remember to renew your membership for calendar year 2017 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.

Nominations for Secretary, Treasurer, Student Rep 2017-2019

The Secretary, Treasurer, and Graduate Student Representative positions on the SEERS Board of Directors are up for election, with the positions beginning at the 2017 Spring Meeting (which will be organized by the current Board). All of these positions are for 2-year terms with the expectation of attending all 3 regional meetings during that time.

SEERS is a volunteer organization that needs people to serve on the Board and help the organization prosper.  It is a very rewarding endeavor and looks great on your resume and/or tenure package. The student representative must be a post-baccalaureate student who has completed at least one academic year toward an advanced degree.  If you are a first year student now, then you do qualify.  The student representative receives a SEERS travel award of $150 for each regional meeting.

You can nominate yourself or someone else. If you nominate someone else, please first check with them that they are willing to serve. Please contact Past-President Geno Olmi with nominations or questions by March 1, 2017.

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