Southeastern Estuarine Research Society
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.
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.
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.
The SEERS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2016 revisions to the bylaws of the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society have been adopted by the membership and are now the governing bylaws for the Society. This result was announced at the spring business meeting in Bluffton, SC. Thanks to the many members who took time to review and vote to accept the revision.