CERF Announces Two Funding Opportunities for Local Events

CERF is excited to announce the availability of funding to support members in hosting local and regional events:

  • CERF-sponsored regional workshops: These funds will support workshops in collaboration with CERF’s Affiliate Societies on high priority scientific and management issues of regional importance. These pilot workshops are intended to explore ways in which the Affiliate Societies and CERF can work together to translate and apply coastal and estuarine science to important regional issues. The application deadline is 1 May 2020, with workshops to take place between August 2020 and June 2021. For more information, including how to apply, visit the regional workshops website.
  • Local networking and professional development events: These funds will support pilot events intended to enhance opportunities for collaboration and career-building in coastal and estuarine science and management, especially among students and early career professionals. The application deadline is 31 March 2020, for events occurring by 31 December 2020. For more information, including how to apply, visit the local events website.

2019 Rising TIDES announcement

CERF 2019: Rising TIDES Conference Program

Supporting URM Students and Mentors!

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2019 Legacy Fund Scholarship Announcement

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) is proud to announce the recipient of the first CERF Legacy Fund Scholarship. Jamila 

Roth, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida, has been selected for the inaugural award.  Roth studies how seagrass species diversity impacts their resistance and resilience to warming temperatures. Roth currently has funding to study four different possible responses to these warming temperatures; the Legacy Fund Scholarship will allow her to augment her research by studying an additional response variable.

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Now Open: Late-Breaking Poster Abstracts

Late–Breaking Call For Poster Abstracts
5–16 August 2019

Please submit online through the abstract portal. Details are below.

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CERF submits amici curiae brief to Supreme Court on groundwater case

CERF, in collaboration with four scientists and seven other scientific societies, has submitted an amici curiae brief in the Supreme Court case “County of Maui v. Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, Sierra Club – Maui Group, Surfrider Foundation, and West Maui Preservation Association.” The case addresses whether the Clean Water Act requires a permit for the discharge of pollutants when the pollutants travel through groundwater from a point source to navigable waters. Specifically, the County of Maui argues that a permit is not required when wastewater is injected into wells because there is no direct discharge into navigable waters.  Several environmental groups have sued the County, arguing that injection wells are a point source given that the wells are connected to the ocean via groundwater.  The brief presents the science of groundwater hydrology and argues for the use of science in considering surface water-groundwater connections.  The case will come before the Supreme Court in November 2019.

Read the full brief

CERF's Up! Vol. 45.2 Now Available

Check out the latest from CERF's Up! 

Volume 45.2 features student papers, affiliate society updates, and the latest news and details about CERF 2019

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CERF Launching SAV Community of Practice

Building on successful workshops held at the biennial CERF conferences, CERF is excited to announce the launch of our first online Community of Practice: the Submersed Aquatic Vegetation Mapping/Monitoring Community of Practice (SAV CoP). Communities of Practice (CoP) are groups of people with a shared interest that interact regularly to learn from each other, share ideas, and advance the state of knowledge about a particular topic. A CoP offers a forum for individual, professional, and agenda development around the topic of interest. The SAV CoP is a forum for sharing information and supporting seagrass mapping and monitoring efforts. The SAV CoP is organized around a shared Google space which allows access to documents, a calendar, an online forum, and email list where members can dialog with others.

For more information about the SAV CoP or to join, contact the SAV steering committee at [email protected].

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CERF Submits Public Comments on Proposed WOTUS Rule

CERF has joined with 11 other science societies to submit public comments on the proposed rule to revise the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) protected under the Clean Water Act.  This proposed rule would replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule (2015 CWR), which has been proposed for repeal.

CERF and the 10 other societies strongly oppose the proposed Rule and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to re-write and rescind the science-based definitions contained in the 2015 CWR.  The proposed Rule is not based on sound science or the best-available peer-reviewed information and will, as a result, exclude numerous waters and wetlands that directly affect the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of primary waters, making it impossible to achieve the objectives of the Clean Water Act. Of particular concern to CERF membership is the proposed rule requires a direct, permanent, constant, surface water flow between an area and navigable waters to qualify as Waters of the US. This would exclude areas now considered as Waters of the US, including many marshes and wetlands, and also bodies of water fed by groundwater discharge, including some headwater streams.

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CERF Releases Broadening Participation Comprehensive Plan

CERF is dedicated to broadening participation in coastal and estuarine science and management.  As part of its Rising TIDES (Toward an Inclusive, Diverse, and Enriched Society) program, the Broadening Participation Council has developed a comprehensive plan to promote an inclusive culture and opportunities for underrepresented and underserved minorities in coastal and estuarine science at all career stages. 

The plan is based upon input received from CERF members and attendees during facilitated workshops and guided discussions at the 2017 CERF conference. 

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CERF Joins Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM

CERF has joined with 99 organizations to launch the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) to advance professional and ethical conduct, climate, and culture in STEMM disciplines.

The Societies Consortium reflects a shared understanding that professional societies have a unique responsibility in their role as standard-setters and standard-bearers for STEMM fields to address the pervasive problem of sexual and gender harassment.

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CERF Announces New Legacy Fund

CERF is excited to announce the creation of a new Legacy Fund. The Legacy Fund is a way to honor scientists, resource managers, decision-makers, educators, and others for their important contributions to the understanding and wise stewardship of estuarine and coastal ecosystems worldwide.  

The Fund will support unique and valuable enhancements to the research or career development of student and early-career members of the Federation through scholarships given at the CERF Biennial Conference. 

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New Issue Available: CERF's Up! Vol. 45.1

Check out the latest from CERF's Up! 

Volume 45.1 features student papers, affiliate society updates, and the latest news and details about CERF 2019

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CASS Requests Extension of Public Comment Period for Proposed WOTUS Rule

CERF has joined with the other members of the Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) to request an extension on the Comment Period for the proposed rule revising the definition of "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS).

CASS Requests Extension of Public Comment Period for Proposed WOTUS Rule

Now Open: CERF 2019 Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline: 1 May, 2019

The CERF 2019 Scientific Program Committee (SPC) invites you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation for CERF 2019. The Federation is committed to bringing scientists and students from around the world together to exchange information and ideas about the science and management of coastal ecosystems. Our Federation conferences provide outstanding opportunities for professionals at all stages in their career for continuing education and development. Abstracts related to our conference theme of "Responsive | Relevant | Ready" are greatly encouraged.

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CERF 2019 Field Trips

Get to Know the City of Mobile

At CERF 2019, attendees will be able to choose from seven exciting field trips, each offering a chance to experience the culture, history, and incredible natural resources found in Mobile, Alabama, and nearby communities on the Gulf of Mexico coast.

This year's field trip options include:

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Our New URL!

Out with the ORG – In with the New!

After many years of "erf.org," we decided that it was finally time for a change. CERF is proud to be a scientifically progressive Federation, and as such has replaced "org" with "science."

In addition, CERF's old domain name was an artifact of the time when we were still just the Estuarine Research Federation; we figured it was time to add the "C"!

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CERF 2019 Scientific Awards

Recognize Yourself or a Colleague at CERF 2019

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) recognizes excellence in and service to the fields of coastal and estuarine science, management and education through several scientific and service awards. 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 in estuarine and coastal ecosystems; supporting education of scientists, decision-makers and the public; and facilitating communication among these groups. Awards are presented every two years in conjunction with the biennial conference. The Distinguished Service Award recipient is selected by the CERF President; all other recipients are selected by award committees.

Help us recognize excellence among our colleagues, mentors, and former students and nominate them for a CERF Scientific Award. The nomination deadline is 5 April 2019. The procedures for submitting nominations vary slightly by award, please see below nomination procedure instructions.

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CERF Statement on Proposed WOTUS Rule

CERF, in conjunction with eight other scientific societies, has released a statement expressing deep concern with the proposed rule issued by the EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers to replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule (Waters of the United States Rule or WOTUS), released 11 December 2018. 

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Sponsor CERF 2019

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

The CERF Biennial Conference attracts a highly educated crowd. These attendees are often recognized as community leaders and have significant influence and purchasing power in a variety of niche markets. Your sponsorship message will reach this active and engaged audience, as well as those ranging from students and researches to federal and state agents!

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New from CESN

Make sure to stay up-to-date on the latest papers from Estuaries and Coasts. Coastal and Estuarine Science News (CESN) is our way of sharing summaries of articles we think are relevant and applicable to CERF members.

The November issue is now available in English and Spanish

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