Southeastern Estuarine Research Society
Hello fellow SEERSians,
The Board has decided to err on the side of caution and cancel the upcoming Fall SEERS meeting on Jekyll Island, GA. While there is still some uncertainty in the forecast for the latter part of this week, we felt compelled to place a priority on the safety of those traveling to, and especially from, the meeting.
Making this decision today allows all hotel reservations to be canceled without penalty and minimizes the costs incurred to SEERS from the Convention Center. It is our intent to refund all registration fees for this meeting.
While we are extremely disappointed we will not be seeing everyone on Jekyll Island, we urge you hold on to all those great talks and posters and to mark your calendars for our Spring Meeting, held together with the Benthic Ecology Meeting, in Myrtle Beach, SC, in April of 2017. Check back here for continuing details.
— Erik Smith, SEERS President
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
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.