CERF 2019 Conference

CERF 2019 Conference Updates

See below for the most recent updates for our 25th Biennial Conference:



Lightning Talks at CERF 2019

Lightning talks follow a standard format that encourages short, engaging presentations that focus on the key points of the research. Each talk consists of 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, for a total of five minutes. This style of presentation was introduced in past CERF conferences and some of our regional Affiliate Societies have also successfully incorporated the format into their meetings. These talks have been highly effective in distilling and communicating the key results and conclusions of varied scientific studies. The best talks emphasized why the study was done, along with results and conclusions, with less time spent on methods.


CERF 2019 Media Toolkit

Help promote and expand CERF's reach to bring scientists and students from around the world to discuss coastal and estuarine research and management applications! Please refer to the guidelines located below before using the CERF 2019 Media Toolkit. For any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our office.

We appreciate your help in enhancing CERF 2019's reach!


CERF 2019 Keynote Presentation: The Gulf: History, Wisdom, and Hope

Presented by Dr. Jack Davis

Join Jack E. Davis for his lively long historical view of the Gulf of Mexico, drawn from his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. Significant beyond tragic oil spills and hurricanes, the Gulf has historically been one of the world's most bounteous marine environments, supporting human life for millennia. Davis starts from the premise that nature lies at the center of human existence, and takes his audience on a compelling journey from the Florida Keys to the Texas Rio Grande, along marshy shorelines and majestic estuarine bays, profoundly beautiful and life-giving. At the center of his talk is the way people, from pre-Spanish natives to present-day coastal residents, have organized their societies and individual lives around nature, and how Gulf nature has been a positive force in human events.

Meet the Keynote Speaker

CERF 2019 Silent Auction

The CERF 2019 Silent Auction will raise funds for the CERF Odum/Nixon Fund to support CERF student participation and development activities. A variety of items will be on display and available for bidding, including original artwork, books, scientific instrumentation, crafted sea creatures, pottery, home decor, and CERF memorabilia donated by members. Join us for a good cause, and great deals on highly prized items! 

How can I donate an item?

There are several different ways to go about donating an item to the silent auction. If you will be donating an item for the silent auction, you may indicate so on your conference registration form. If you would like to donate an item after you have completed your online registration, you may contact the CERF office for assistance in adding your item for donation. 

You may also download and complete the CERF 2019 Silent Auction Donation form and return to Pat Reilly at [email protected]Completed forms are due by Monday, 28 October. Any items donated after Monday, 21 October cannot be shipped to the site, and must be brought by the donor.

Download Form

When will the auction take place?

The auction will open at 8:00 PM on Sunday, 3 November and close at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, 8 November. All bids must be placed prior to the close of the auction.

How do I collect my winning bid?

Auction winners can pay for items in the conference registration area. Item pick-up begins 7:00 PM on Wednesday, 6 November. All payments must be received by 3:00 PM on Thursday, 7 November. If payment is not received at that time, items will automatically be awarded to the next highest bidder who will be immediately contacted. All items must be collected and transported by auction winners at the time of payment.


CERF 2019 Scientific Award Recipients

Join us in celebrating the 2019 CERF Scientific Award Recipients! The recipients of these awards embody the mission of CERF to advance understanding and wise stewardship of estuarine and coastal ecosystems worldwide by promoting research; supporting the education of scientists, decision-makers, and the public; and facilitating communication among these groups.

The Federation thanks our Scientific Awards Committee chair, Linda Schaffner, as well as all of the subcommittee chairs and committee members, for their tireless efforts to recruit and select the outstanding recipients of this year’s awards. CERF also thanks the many nominators and letter writers that supported the exceptional nominations received this year.

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