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Your voluntary contribution helps us advance coastal and estuarine science, and management. Consider donating to either of these funds when you renew or apply for membership with the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation.

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Angels and Sustainers

Thank you to the following Federation members who recently donated to the William E. Odum Fund, Donald W. Pritchard Fund, CERF Enhancement Fund, Scott W. Nixon Fund, and/or the Tribal and First Nation Representatives for the current membership year. Thanks to all of you for your generosity. Your contributions of time, energy and support make the Federation great.

Many thanks also to the members who joined or renewed at the Sustaining Member level. Your extra efforts on behalf of CERF will ensure the future of the Federation.

The CERF Enhancement Fund

At its meeting in October of 1990, the CERF Governing Board approved the establishment of the Estuarine Research Federation's Endowment Fund to be directed toward financing non-routine Federation projects. The establishment of the fund was announced in the 1990 issue of the Federation's Newsletter. The name of this fund was changed to CERF Enhancement Fund at the April 2010 Governing Board meeting.

The purpose of the Fund is to provide sustained income to cover the costs of such activities as:

  • sponsorship of educational workshops to address the nature and importance of estuaries;
  • purchase of subscriptions of the journal Estuaries and Coasts for distribution to third world libraries;
  • transport and other expenses of distinguished foreign scientists to conferences associated with CERF;
  • publication of materials other than in the Journal;
  • support of blue-ribbon CERF committees to review reports, proposals, and policies for federal agencies and other entities;
  • support of unpredicted but highly desirable activities or purchases.

The William E. Odum Memorial Fund for Student Activities

With the death of William E. Odum on April 3, 1991, the field of estuarine science and education lost a valuable leader, scientist, and dedicated teacher. As a member of the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Virginia, Bill focused on the study of marsh ecology, but he most valued his reputation as an approachable and exceptional teacher. At the time of his death, Bill was a member of the Governing Board of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation, and in his capacity as Member-at-Large he was working on a spectrum of problems faced by graduate students that the Federation could help solve.

To pay tribute to Bill, the CERF Governing Board approved the establishment of the William E. Odum Memorial Fund at its meeting in May of 1991. This Fund is specifically directed toward the financing of Federation projects directly related to students. The Governing Board was particularly interested in establishing this fund in order to generate income to provide student scholarships and travel to the Federation's biennial meetings.

Purpose of the Fund
The income generated from this fund will be used to provide support for student activities such as travel funds for student attendance at the Federation's Biennial Research Conferences and, possibly, small annual research grants to worthy students.

The Scott W. Nixon Memorial Fund for Students

The Scott W. Nixon Memorial Fund for Students was developed in 2013 to honor Scott Nixon's lifelong and broad contributions to the knowledge and stewardship of our coasts and estuaries.

Purpose of the Fund
Scott was a longtime supporter, member and leader of CERF. To honor his service, CERF will use all funds contributed in memory of him to support student participation in CERF meetings and events, such as its biennial conferences. Any student, presenting or not presenting, will be eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend any CERF conference, workshop or other such meeting.

About Student Travel Award

Since 2001, CERF has provided student travel awards to more than 650 deserving students, allowing them to share their coastal and estuarine research with a global audience, and helping them to grow and thrive as a member of CERF and the coastal and estuarine science community.

The Donald W. Pritchard Fund

History of the Pritchard Award and Pritchard Fund
At its November 2001 meeting, the Governing Board of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation created the Donald W Pritchard Award. The Award may be given to the author(s) of the best physical oceanography paper published in Estuaries and Coasts within the two-year interval between CERF conferences. The Award winners will collectively be presented with an honorarium of $1,000 and a certificate. The first recipient(s) may be recognized at the 2003 ERF biennial conference in Seattle. The Pritchard Fund supports this Award, and may also support other activities that will honor the memory of Don Pritchard's research work.

Purpose of the Award
In addition to honoring the memory of Don Pritchard's contributions to estuarine research, the Pritchard Award will foster the participation of physical oceanographers in the Federation and its journal, Estuaries and Coasts. Dr. Pritchard was once asked by one of his students, "Why are there not more physical oceanographers at CERF meetings?" His response was simple, "Because they don't submit good papers." While that situation has improved over the years, the Donald W. Pritchard Award will further recognize and encourage increased attention to physical oceanography topics within the field of estuarine and coastal research.

Purpose of the Fund
The Pritchard Fund supports the Pritchard Award and other activities that may be developed to honor the memory of Don Pritchard's work and further enhance his estuarine research ideas.