Our plenary speaker on Thursday evening will be Jessica Whitehead, the coastal communities hazards adaptation specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant. She assists coastal users with integrating information about resilience to coastal weather and climate hazards into their decision-making processes. She is assisting with the development of public-private partnerships to improve risk communication and disaster recovery on Hatteras Island and throughout North Carolina as the state recovers from Hurricane Florence. Recently, she has also become more interested in using the arts to improve community understanding of and engagement with resilience. She was the science interpretation advisor on the RISING exhibition, which features fine art photography by photographer Baxter Miller and oral histories of coastal change in North Carolina collected by Ryan Stancil and Barbara Garrity-Blake, informed by coastal science and integrated in a multimedia experience.
Registration is now open for the Spring 2019 SEERS meeting, to be held Thursday, March 7, through Saturday, March 9, 2019. All sessions will be held at UNCW’s Center for Marine Science. The meeting theme will be the “Art of Resilience.”As disturbances become more frequent, the need to focus on how coastal ecosystems bounce back after a disturbance becomes important. We are currently finalizing room blocks at local hotels for lodging and will have updates on that soon. As always, check our Next Meeting page for up-to-date meeting details. We hope to see everyone in March!
Calling all artists! SEERS anticipates the launch of our new Student Estuarine EDucation (SEED) fund at our 2019 Spring meeting. However, we are in need of a logo to represent this award, which will be granted to help student research.
The rules? Create a logo that is complimentary to our current SEERS logo, but represents the purpose of the SEED fund. Please submit all entries to Cassondra Thomas by emailing her at email@example.com. Entries will be accepted until February 8, 2019; the winner will be announced at our Spring meeting.
We thank you for your patience as we worked with our local hosts in Wilmington, NC to get the details of our 2019 Spring meeting finalized after the effects of Hurricane Florence. We are pleased to announce that the meeting will be held Thursday, March 7, through Saturday, March 9, 2019. All sessions will be held at UNCW’s Center for Marine Science. The meeting theme will still be the “Art of Resilience.”As disturbances become more frequent, the need to focus on how coastal ecosystems bounce back after a disturbance becomes important. We are currently finalizing room blocks at local hotels for lodging, and we expect to open registration on Monday, January 7, 2019. As always, check our Next Meeting page for up-to-date meeting details. We hope to see everyone in March!
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.
Wilmington, NC, the location for our upcoming meeting, has been greatly impacted by Hurricane Florence. We will be assessing meeting plans as soon as possible so stayed tuned for updates. If you are looking for ways to help in the hurricane relief efforts, please consider a donation to the emergency relief fund that UNCW has established to provide assistance to their students in need.
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!
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.
Two hotel blocks have been reserved at special rates for the 2018 Fall meeting. See the Next Meeting page for details and reserve by October 2018.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your patience.
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.
The Student Networking Event and Breakfast will be held at 7:45 am Friday in the Solarium on the top floor of Ponce Hall, Flagler College.
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.
Registration is closed for the 2018 Spring meeting and the schedule of events has been posted. We hope to see you there!
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!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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