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

secretary@seers.org

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!

Nominations for President-Elect and Program Chair 2018-2020

The President-Elect and Program Chair positions on the SEERS Board of Directors are up for election, with the positions beginning at the 2018 Spring Meeting (which will be organized by the current Board).

The President-Elect serves as a full member of the Governing Board and, in the absence of the President, shall perform the duties of the President.  Recent practice has been for the President-Elect to chair the Student Promotion Committee. The President-Elect will serve two years as President-Elect, two years as President, and two years as Past President. The duties of the President are to preside at all meetings of the Directors and shall be the chief executive officer of the corporation. The President also represents SEERS on the CERF Governing Board.

Program Chair is a 2-year term with the expectation of attending all 3 regional meetings during that time. The Program Chair shall be responsible for implementing the Society policy with respect to meeting conduct and content. With the approval of the Board of Directors, the Program Chair shall have the power to initiate new ideas in meeting format, topic selection, and any other area he/she believes will add to free information exchange in an informal atmosphere.

SEERS is a volunteer-run organization.  SEERS can only serve its membership through the dedicated efforts of its volunteer Board members.  Serving on the Board is an educational and enjoyable way to serve your professional society (it also looks good on your resume).  You may nominate a friend, colleague, or yourself. If you nominate someone else, please first check with them that they are willing to serve. Please consider serving on the Board. Nominations are due by 1 February 2018.

Please send nominations (including self-nominations) to geno.olmi@noaa.gov.  If you would like additional information about the position(s), call or email Geno or any of the current Board members (http://www.seers.org/officers/).

Welcome New Board Members for 2017

2017-2018 SEERS Board members (L-R): Erik Smith (president), Susannah Sheldon (treasurer), Eilea Knotts (student representative), Geno Olmi (past president), Nikki Dix (secretary), Jessia Reichmuth (program chair), and Cassondra Thomas (president-elect).
2017-2018 SEERS Board members (L-R): Erik Smith (president), Susannah Sheldon (treasurer), Eilea Knotts (student representative), Geno Olmi (past president), Nikki Dix (secretary), Jessia Reichmuth (program chair), and Cassondra Thomas (president-elect).
On behalf of the Governing Board and all the members of SEERS, it is my pleasure to welcome three new members to the Board: Eilea Knotts (Graduate Student Representative), Nikki Dix (Secretary), and Susannah Sheldon (Treasurer). They will take office at our Spring Business meeting in Myrtle Beach.

I want to thank all the candidates who were willing to volunteer some of their time on behalf of our society.  I also want to thank those of you who took the time to return your ballot to me.  Democracy only works if we take part.

We will formally thank the outgoing Board members at our business meeting in Myrtle Breach, but I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Shannon Dunnigan (Student Rep), Julie Koester (Secretary), and Amanda Dickens (2 terms as Treasurer).  I have really enjoyed working with you on the Board.

Regards,
Geno Olmi
SEERS Past President and Nominations Chair

URGENT: Judges Needed for BEMS-SEERS Meeting

Greetings to all BEMS-SEERS attendees! In keeping with traditions of both BEMS and SEERS meetings, we plan to recognize our student presenters with Best Oral Presentation and Best Poster Presentation awards. Over half of this meeting’s attendees are students, either graduate or undergraduate. For many of them, this is their first scientific meeting. Feedback, regardless of discipline, is essential to student learning. This is why your service is needed as a judge for our student presentations.

If you are willing to judge student presentations, please send an email to Cassondra Thomas (marshrat92@gmail.com), SEERS President-Elect, by this Friday, March 31. Thank you for your time and consideration of this request.

2017 Spring Meeting: Abstracts Closed, Regular Registration Fees in Effect

The deadline for abstract submission, student travel award applications, and early registration pricing has passed. You can still register for the 3 SEERS days at regular rates or register with BEMS for the full 5 days online until April 7.

Post-Docs & Graduate Students: BEMS is sponsoring a Science Communication Workshop on Wednesday, April 12. The cost of the workshop is covered by BEMS. For more information, see: http://www.bemsociety.org/science-communication-workshop.html.

2017 Spring Meeting: ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED!

The deadline for abstract submission, student travel award applications, and early registration pricing has been extended until Monday, February 20, 5 pm.

Post-Docs & Graduate Students: BEMS is sponsoring a Science Communication Workshop on Wednesday, April 12. The cost of the workshop is covered by BEMS. For more information, see: http://www.bemsociety.org/science-communication-workshop.html.

2017 Spring Meeting: REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

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.

Nominations for Secretary, Treasurer, Student Rep 2017-2019

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.

MEETING CANCELED due to Hurricane Matthew

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.

Stay safe!

— Erik Smith, SEERS President

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