Fall Meeting Canceled, Plans Postponed to 2019 Spring


As you know, Hurricane Florence came roaring on shore near our Fall Meeting location, and the campus of UNC-Wilmington has suffered some damage. We know many folks are in recovery mode, and our thoughts are with you.  For these reasons, we have decided to postpone the Fall meeting until the Spring and keep it at the same location. We will inform you of the new date as soon as we have one.  For those of you who have already registered, your registration will be carried over to the Spring meeting and there will be no need to re-register.  Also, if you have made hotel reservations, make sure to contact them regarding our change of plans.

We encourage you to help the UNCW community get back on its feet.  You can donate at https://giving.uncw.edu/emergencyrelief.

Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding the Fall Meeting. We were very much looking forward to seeing everyone in November but Florence had other plans for us.

Cassondra Armstrong
SEERS President

2018 Fall Meeting: REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Registration and abstract submission is now open for our 2018 Fall Meeting to be held at the Center for Marine Science at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington on November 1-3, 2018. Dr. Devon Eulie, Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences, is our local host. The meeting will feature a special session on the “Art of Resilience” and a plenary address by Dr. Rachel Gittman. Please read all the information on the Next Meeting page before registering on our Services site. We hope to see you in Wilmington!

Message from the President Regarding Hurricane Florence

As we begin our preparations for the Fall meeting in Wilmington, our thoughts are with those who are also preparing for Hurricane Florence. Our livelihoods and location make our community particularly vulnerable to these storms. To all who will be affected: be safe, take care, evacuate if needed. And please keep in touch through social media. Let us know you’re OK.

Cassondra Thomas
SEERS President

Coastal Resilience Program Specialist at SC Sea Grant

The South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium (Consortium), in partnership with the College of Charleston’s School of Science and Mathematics (SSM), is seeking a Coastal Resilience Program Specialist to provide the technical expertise necessary to expand our capabilities, broaden our reach, and provide a wider range of services to the many constituencies which are requesting science-based information and technical assistance in enhancing their resilience to coastal change. (more…)

Notice of Website Transfer

We are in the process of transferring this website between hosting companies. Login using your Wild Apricot credentials to view the Job Listings may not work for a few days. We are aware of the problem and will fix it once the transfer is complete and domain name servers are pointing to the new location for seers.org. If you encounter any other problems, please contact webmaster@seers.org. Thanks for your patience.

Welcome New Board Members for 2018

SEERS welcomed two new board members at the 2018 Spring meeting. Enrique Reyes joined as President-Elect and Frank Lopez joined as Member at Large. Jessica Reichmuth stayed on to serve a second term as Program Chair. Welcome to the new Board members and thanks to Dr. Reichmuth for serving another term!

With the rotation of president positions, Cassondra Thomas is now the President of SEERS and Erik Smith is the Past President.

Thanks to outgoing Past President Geno Olmi for his service to the society.

Clay Montague named Honorary Member of SEERS

SEERS President Erik Smith (right) presents longtime member and former board member Clay Montague (center) with Honorary Membership.
SEERS President Erik Smith (right) presents longtime member and former board member Clay Montague (center) with Honorary Membership.
At our Spring 2018 meeting, the SEERS Board was pleased to bestow Honorary Membership on Clay Montague in recognition of his exceptional contributions to SEERS and the field of estuarine science. Dr. Montague served as SEERS Program Chair from 1982-1984 and President from 1992-1994, and he served two terms as Past President due to vacancies on the Board.

Field Trip Update

The field trip for our 2018 Spring Meeting will be a Guided Trail Hike at the GTM Research Reserve on Saturday afternoon. There will be a sign-up sheet at the meeting on Friday. Visitors can learn about the cultural history of the Guana Peninsula as well as the natural biodiversity during a guided hike. Find out about the peninsula’s 5,000 years of human history, including how native peoples used estuarine resources, what European plantation life was like, and current efforts to learn about and save these resources.

2018 Spring Meeting Registration is Open!

Registration and abstract submission is now open for our 2018 Spring Meeting to be held at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL on March 8 – 10, 2018. Dr. Jessica Veenstra, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences, has been serving as our local host. The meeting will feature a special session on “Stormy Seas” and a plenary address by Dr. Hans Paerl. With the observed increased hurricane landings along the southeastern US, SEERS is calling for presentations in this special session that address the influence of storms on the components of these systems, such as changes in water quality, the effect of increased rainfall and wind on ecological communities, physical damage in terms of erosion, community resilience to hurricane damage, and restoration of communities after hurricanes. Presentations on other research topics related to estuaries and coasts are welcome as always. We hope to see you in St. Augustine!

Member Services Launched for Dues, Donations, Sponsorships

Your SEERS Board is pleased to announce the opening of our new Member Services site at https://seers.wildapricot.org/. At this time, we ask current members to login, update your member profile, and make sure your dues are current. New members may also join now. Member benefits still include reduced meeting registration rates and allow students to apply for travel awards. In addition, the Jobs Listing will soon become a members-only benefit, and we will launch a Member Directory where you can find and send messages to your fellow SEERS members.

As always, we welcome your donations to support student services such as travel awards. Donations will now be handled through our Wild Apricot site, whether from members or from supporters outside our SEERS community.

Registration for the 2018 Spring meeting will open soon! Non-members will be able to access meeting registration, but only members will see the lower member rates, so please make sure your dues are up to date before you register for the meeting. Meeting sponsors may also use the new Services site to sign up and pay for sponsorship, which is open now.

We hope you find the new Member Services site to be a convenient way to maintain your SEERS membership, access member benefits, and register for meetings.

New Member Services Website

Happy New Year, SEERS members,

SEERS (and other CERF affiliate societies) are moving to a new web-based system for member services (e.g., membership renewal and meeting registration). Your Board is currently working to merge the SEERS member database into Wild Apricot, so you may see emails from the new system soon. No action is required from you at this point. Once the database has been merged into Wild Apricot, you will see another email from me with instructions on how to set up your account.

It is important to note that both existing and new members will need to set up their Wild Apricot accounts and renew or establish their memberships (including paying) before registering for the spring meeting. Otherwise, only non-member pricing will be available. If you have recently renewed your membership through CERF, you should show as an active member (but there may be a time lag since we have to receive the information from CERF and manually input into our database). If you haven’t renewed your SEERS membership yet, please wait and renew on Wild Apricot!

With this new system comes some updates to SEERS membership policies:

  • Membership periods will now be in effect for 12 months from the date of sign-up or renewal. The previous system was Jan 1 – Dec 31, but the new system will be more flexible and allow members who sign up at meetings to enjoy a full year of member benefits.
  • After 11 months of membership, members will receive an email reminder to renew. Two additional email reminders (7 days prior to and the day of the renewal deadline) will be sent before the membership is expired. Two weeks after a membership is expired, a grace period email will be sent, followed by an email 30 days after expiration stating that the membership has lapsed. In other words, there will be a 30-day grace period after the renewal deadline, but it’s in everyone’s best interest to renew early! Once a membership has lapsed, member benefits (reduced meeting prices, eligibility for student travel awards, access to the member directory, and communication from the Board and other members) will no longer be available.
  • Members will now be able to manage their own member profiles, which should help with communication and networking among members since all active members will have access to the directory. CERF will also have access to the directory.
  • When members sign-up, they will be asked whether they wish to opt-in to CERF’s mailing list for third parties.
  • All SEERS communications will occur via Wild Apricot in the near future and the UGA listserv will be phased out.

This is a new system and the Board asks for your patience as we break it in. Please help SEERS by reporting any technical difficulties to webmaster@seers.org.

Once the membership database is merged into Wild Apricot, we will send another email to let you know membership renewal is open. Once your membership is established (and paid), you will be ready to register for the spring meeting.

Thanks for all you do for our estuaries! We hope this new system serves you well.

Nikki Dix, SEERS Secretary


SEERS Business Meeting at CERF

SEERS members that are attending the CERF conference in Providence, RI, please make sure to come to the SEERS Business meeting, which will be held in Ballroom E on Tuesday, November 7 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. We have relatively little formal business to attend to, but it will be a great opportunity to see each other and to recognize and congratulate our SEERS Student Travel Award winners!