2017 Spring Meeting

Thanks to our 2017 Spring Meeting Sponsors



The Spring 2017 meeting of the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society (SEERS) will be held jointly with the Benthic Ecology Meeting Society (BEMS) at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our joint meeting has a special theme: Sustainable Oceans in Theory and Practice. Six concurrent oral sessions, blending both Benthic Ecology and SEERS science, have been scheduled. A joint Poster Reception has been scheduled for Friday. Dr. Jon Grant will give a themed plenary discussing his work in aquaculture sustainability practices. Two other special sessions have been organized to honor and celebrate Dr. Robert Paine’s and Dr. Mark Bertness’ many contributions.

SEERS members have two options for attending this meeting. Please read carefully and consider both schedules before you choose which way to register:

1) Attend the full 5-day BEMS-SEERS meeting: The full 5-day meeting will begin on Wednesday, April 12, with pre-meeting activities (such as field trips) and an opening reception. Dr. Grant’s plenary and concurrent oral sessions will begin on Thursday, April 13 and continue through Saturday, April 15, with concurrent sessions and an evening banquet on Saturday . Some after-meeting activities are scheduled for Sunday, April 16. Please see the BEMS meeting page for details and updates to the schedule. If you want to attend the full meeting, please register with BEMS, but SEERS members please do check the box during registration to indicate that you are a SEERS member.

The 5-day registration prices available through BEMS are:

early student full registration

early professional full registration

regular student full registration (Feb. 16 & after)

regular professional full registration (Feb. 16 & after)

one day pass 

2) Attend just the ‘traditional’ 3-day SEERS meeting at a special SEERS-only registration price: The 3-day meeting will begin on the evening of Thursday, April 13, with our traditional SEERS welcoming reception, to be followed by the same full meeting schedule for Friday-Saturday as indicated on the BEMS schedule, including a joint poster session on Friday night and a joint meeting banquet on Saturday night. The Thursday plenary and oral sessions are not included in this ticket. If you want to attend the SEERS meeting days and activities only, please register with SEERS following the instructions below.


Online registration is now closed. For onsite registration options, please see the Benthic Ecology Meeting Society (BEMS) site.

Prices for 3-day SEERS Registration

Full SEERS meeting registration prices include morning and afternoon refreshments each day of the meeting, Thursday night reception and transportation, admission to all scientific sessions on Friday and Saturday, Friday night poster reception, and a printed copy of the BEM-SEERS 2017 program. Banquet tickets for Saturday evening are available at additional cost. Non-member options are not available through SEERS for this meeting. Membership dues may be paid separately or by choosing a registration+membership option during registration.

student member full registration

student full registration + 2017 membership

regular member full registration

regular full registration + 2017 membership

one day registration

Saturday banquet ticket


SEERS dues are for a calendar year, and 2017 dues are now payable.


The deadline for early price registration, abstract submission, and SEERS student travel award applications was Monday, February 20 at 5:00 pm. Regular registrations without abstracts will be accepted until April 7.

Cancellation Policy

After registering, if you are not able to attend the meeting, we encourage you to send a substitute attendee in your place. You may substitute at any time, even on-site at the time of the meeting. If you must cancel, a refund of meeting registration (less a $10 cancellation fee) may be requested up to February 22, 2017. No refunds will be issued for cancellation after February 22, 2017. Membership dues are not refundable.

Preliminary Schedule (subject to change)

Please refer to the BEMS schedule, noting that SEERS events begin Thursday evening.

Extra Events

Saturday Night Banquet: $50

A regionally inspired meal followed by the local blues-rock group “Bullfrog” will take place in the Sheraton Convention Center Banquet Hall on Saturday, April 15. An omnivore or vegetarian option is available for selection during registration. If you have food allergies or other considerations, please note those in the available comment box during registration. SEERS members may purchase banquet tickets along with registration.

Field Trip to USC Baruch Marine Lab & North Inlet: $20

Visit the University of South Carolina’s Baruch Marine Lab and North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on an outgoing tide (low tide @ 4 pm). We’ll leave the Sheraton on Wednesday, April 12 around 11 am to catch lunch at a local hangout (Graham’s Landing) in Murrells Inlet before proceeding to the field lab and a tour of the facilities and local habitats. The fee includes transportation and lunch. If you are interested, please register for the field trip directly with BEMS. Their registration site includes an option to register just for special events.

Field Trip to Waties Island & CCU Coastal Explorer: $10

Visit and tour Waties Island, a research reserve jointly managed by Coastal Carolina University and The Nature Conservancy, and the Coastal Explorer, the new 50’ CCU research vessel, both located near the SC-NC border. We’ll leave the Sheraton on Wednesday, April 12 around 1 pm to travel to tour both the island and vessel before returning to the hotel. The fee includes transportation and drinks. If you are interested, please register for the field trip directly with BEMS. Their registration site includes an option to register just for special events.

Student Travel Awards

SEERS is offering up to five student travel awards of $150 each to qualifying students attending and presenting at the Spring 2017 Joint SEERS/Benthic Ecology meeting at Myrtle Beach, SC, on April 12-16, 2017. The SEERS portion of the meeting is April 13-15, 2017. Applicants must attend at least the SEERS portion of the meeting to be eligible for the award. See the Student Travel page for details. The application deadline has passed.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now closed. Abstracts for oral or poster presentations should highlight scientific research and/or education/outreach in the field of estuarine science.  The deadline for abstract submission through SEERS was Monday, February 20 at 5 pm.  Only one abstract is allowed per presenting author, and each abstract may be submitted only once for presentation at the conference, i.e., an abstract with multiple authors needs to have one designated presenter. In the case of student presentations that are to be judged, the student must be the presenter. Abstracts are submitted during the registration process, and the contact information given should be for the presenting author. There is a text box on the registration form where the abstract can be pasted. Please use metric units, and italicize scientific names by surrounding the name with HTML tags as <i>italicized text</i>. Subscripts and superscripts are likewise formatted as  <sub>subscript</sub> and <sup>superscript</sup>. Abstracts are limited to 200 words and titles are limited to 150 characters including spaces. The author list should be formatted by separating author names with semicolons (;) and identifying the presenting author with an asterisk (*). Author affiliations (institution names only, no addresses) are listed separately. If there is more than one affiliation per abstract, use superscript numbers to match authors and affiliations.

In order to facilitate program development, you will be asked to choose and rank up to three topics for your presentation from the list below:

Anthropogenic Impacts, Arctic Ecosystems, Biological Invasions, Behavior, Benthic Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity, Chemical Ecology, Climate Change, Coastal Ecosystem Resilience, Community Ecology, Conservation and Management, Deep Sea Biology, Ecophysiology, Ecosystem Functioning & Sustainability, Evolution, Habitat  Sustainability & Restoration, High Energy Beaches, Life History Strategies, Living Shorelines, Macroecology, Metapopulations/Population Genetics, Molecular Ecology, Recruitment/Larval Ecology, Reef Ecology, Resilience of Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries, Trophic Relationships & Resilience

Brevity is the Soul of Wit

BEMS would like to resurrect their “Brevity is the Soul of Wit” session so ably carried off by Pete Petraitis a few meetings back. The session consists of 15 min. presentations, but speakers are strictly limited to 5 min. with 10 min. left for discussion. The design is intended to encourage more discussion and offers the opportunity to present a single idea, experiment, or observation that could provide the starting point for discussion. If you are interested in participating in, or if you would like to moderate, such a session please email BEMS at ​bem2017@coastal.edu.

Presentation Guidelines


Instructions to presenters will be provided in early 2017. All presenters will be informed accordingly along with the notification of their presentation assignment. Please revisit this space then!
Student presentations will be judged. More information will be posted at a later date about details of judging for this joint meeting.


Instructions to presenters will be provided in early 2017, although we anticipate that maximum poster dimensions will be 4′ x 8′. All presenters will be informed accordingly along with the notification of their presentation assignment. Please revisit this space then!
Student presentations will be judged. More information will be posted at a later date about details of judging for this joint meeting.


A room block has been reserved at the conference hotel:

Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center
2100 North Oak Street
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Rates: $109/night   This block rate has been extended through Monday, March 20!

A special accommodations page has been set up so meeting registrants can make reservations:



Please check back later for directions.


Meeting sponsorship supports student attendance and travel to our meetings. Sponsorship inquiries can be directed to any SEERS Board member. Contact the Treasurer for payment options.