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

Hurricane May Affect Meeting Plans: Stay Tuned!

Hello fellow SEERSians,

The Board just met to discuss our options with respect to Hurricane Matthew and our meeting this week on Jekyll Island, GA.  We are watching the modeling tracks closely as the storm is expected to move into the region on Thursday. Please be assured that we are considering the safety of our travelers. We will make a final decision at 9:00 am Tuesday morning on whether or not to go forward with the meeting.  We will email you at that time with our decision.

SEERS Secretary,

Dr Julie Koester

2016 Fall Meeting: Abstract Submission Closed; Late Registration in Effect

Abstract submission is now closed and late registration fees are in effect for the 2016 Fall Meeting, to be held October 6-8, 2016 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. See the Next Meeting page for registration, prices, deadlines (September 23), presentation guidelines, and travel information. The student travel award application deadline has also passed.

Remember to renew your membership for calendar year 2016 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.

2016 Fall Meeting: REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Registration is now open for the 2016 Fall Meeting, to be held October 6-8, 2016 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. We will have a special session on “Tidal Transformations”, and Dr. Antonio Rodriguez from UNC-Chapel Hill will be our plenary speaker. See the Next Meeting page for registration, prices, deadlines (September 16, 2016, 5 p.m.), student travel awards, presentation guidelines, and instructions to reserve a hotel room.

Also remember to renew your membership for calendar year 2016 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.

Welcome New Board Members for 2016

SEERS is pleased to announce that, following elections this spring, Cassondra Thomas is our new President-Elect and Jessica Reichmuth is our new Program Chair. Congratulations to Cassondra and Jessica, who will join other SEERS Governing Board members for their two-year terms of service.

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

Incoming President Erik Smith (R) receives The Crab Mallet from outgoing President Geno Olmi (L).
Incoming President Erik Smith (R) receives The Crab Mallet from outgoing President Geno Olmi (L).

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