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Scientists Warn Repeal of Wetlands Rule Puts Aquatic Resources at Risk

20,000 Scientists Warn that Repeal of Wetlands Rule Puts Important Aquatic Resources at Risk

(July 27, 2017) Washington, D.C. - The Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS) opposes the Trump Administration’s ongoing efforts to repeal and replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule (Waters of the United States Rule or WOTUS). CASS urges the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider the far-reaching implications to aquatic resources from repealing the rule and calls for a meaningful opportunity for stakeholders to engage in the repeal and replacement of WOTUS to ensure the best available science is considered.

EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers adopted WOTUS to clarify longstanding confusion over which water bodies were protected under the Clean Water Act. The rule was developed using the best available science and with robust engagement of stakeholders. More than 1,000 peer-reviewed, published, scientific studies support the rule.[i]

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2017 CERF Scientific Awards Recipients

2017 CERF Scientific Awards

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation announce the recipients of the 2017 CERF Scientific Awards. The Federation 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 the education of scientists, decision-makers and the public; and facilitating communication among these groups.

In addition to our five long-standing awards, CERF is excited to present two inaugural stewardship awards; one in honor of Margaret A. Davidson to recognize an individual’s excellence in coastal and estuarine management, and the Coastal Stewardship Award to recognize exemplary stewardship activities of an organization, project, or program. The Distinguished Service Award recipient is selected by the CERF President; all other recipients are selected by award committees.

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CERF Receives Grant from National Science Foundation

CERF Receives Grant from National Science Foundation

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) is the proud recipient of a $47,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support "Broadening Participation in Coastal and Estuarine Sciences: A Workshop at the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference." The overall goal of this program is to promote opportunities for all underrepresented minorities while cultivating a culture that actively engages and leverages diversity of all types throughout our organization.

The funding will allow CERF to support the participation of ten underrepresented minority (URM) students and their mentors to participate in CERF 2017 – 24th Biennial Conference. The students and their mentors will participate in a workshop with expert panelists and key CERF members and partners who are leaders in diversity, with the goal of inspiring and motivating URM students to pursue career pathways in coastal and estuarine science. The Conference Mentoring Program is currently accepting student applications.

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In Memoriam: Margaret Davidson

Remembering a trail-blazing and visionary leader in coastal resource management issues

Margaret A. Davidson passed away in Charleston, South Carolina, on 23 May 2017. Margaret was a hard-working, trail-blazing, and visionary leader in coastal resource management issues. She will be remembered for her passion and achievements toward sustainable management of coastal resources, as well as for her incredible generosity with and support for the people within the global coastal resources community.

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Governing Board Seeks Comments on Draft Visions IV Strategic Plan

The CERF Governing Board is pleased to present a draft of the Visions IV strategic plan for public comment. The new 5-year plan will guide CERF activities for the period 2017-2022. Visions IV was developed by the Governing Board and eight committees over the past 18 months, with extensive grassroots input from members and Affiliate Societies. The Board seeks final comments on the draft plan from members and Affiliate Societies through a 60-day comment period. The Board will respond to comments before voting on the final plan this summer, to be presented at CERF 2017 in November.

Read full Draft of the Visions IV Strategic Plan

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CERF Urges Congress to Reject Cuts to Science Funding

CERF has signed on to two multi-organizational letters urging Congress to reject the Administration-proposed cuts to science funding in their Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) appropriations process. The letters, led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), were in response to the the release of the full President's budget on 23 May 2017, which proposed drastic research funding cuts, including an 11% cut to NSF, a 32% cut to NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the elimination of the National Sea
Grant College Program, a 44% cut to the EPA's Science and Technology budget, and a 15% cut to USGS. More information on the impact of the President's budget on science funding can be found on the AAAS website.

The letters stress the leadership role that the U.S. plays in innovation, and the importance of research to the U.S. economy. The AIBS letter notes that, "over the past 50 years, roughly half of our nation's private sector economic growth has resulted from research and development." Research and development improve public health, safety, and quality of life; create public and private sector jobs; and spur economic growth. The letters applaud the long-standing bipartisan support by Congress for science funding, and encourages Congress to continue this support in the FY18 appropriations. 

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Now Accepting Applications for Rising TIDES 2017 Conference Mentoring Program


CERF is pleased to announce the Rising TIDES 2017 Conference Mentoring Program, which will jointly support 10 underrepresented minority (URM) students and mentors to attend the Biennial CERF Conference in Providence, RI, 5-9 November 2017. The program includes financial support to participate in a Rising TIDES workshop, scientific sessions throughout the week, and other conference activities.

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Voting is Now Open for the CERF Governing Board and Proposed Constitutional Amendment!

We invite all CERF Voting Members to make their voices heard!

Voting is officially open for:

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CERF submits testimony to the House and Senate Appropriation Committees in support of NOAA, NASA, and EPA aquatic science programs

CERF has joined with the Consortium for Aquatic Science Societies to submit Outside Witness Testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees in support of robust funding for aquatic science programs within NOAA, NASA, and EPA. The statements respond to the current Presidential Administration's proposals to drastically cut programs that support the research, conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of aquatic ecosystems required by all U.S. citizens, who rely on clean and abundant water for their health and well-being.

Read full letters here:
FY18 House OWT EPA support CASS
FY18 Senate OWT EPA support CASS

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CERF signs on to testimony in support of FY18 geosciences funding

CERF has signed on to outside witness testimony in support of Fiscal Year 2018 funding for NSF, NASA, and NOAA, with particular emphasis on the contributions their support for the geosciences make to national security, economic competitiveness, and public safety. The testimony, supported by 130 institutions, was submitted to the Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, for both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

View full House letter

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President Twilley addresses CERF policy actions in letter to members

CERF President Robert Twilley has written a letter to members in response to recent US federal policy developments that undermine science and science funding, and to the concerns raised by members in light of these threats. The letter, included in full below, has been reviewed by and receives the full support of the CERF Executive Committee.

In it, Dr. Twilley states that "…one of the most important messages resulting from threats to our profession as scientists, and to the organizations that use science to improve the quality of life in our society, is a renewed commitment to communicate the value of our work to constituents in our local communities every day. We have to commit to telling our story of how the science of healthy coastal ecosystems has value for all of society, and sustains our wealth as a nation." He also states, "the Executive Committee of CERF has endorsed the values of science in our society that are being promoted by the March for Science planned for Earth Day, April 22."

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CERF signs on to multisociety letter on FY17-18 R&D budget

CERF has joined 285 organizations in support of robust investments in scientific research. The letter to U.S. Congressional Leaders emphasizes the importance of America's research enterprise in our prosperity, including its contribution to job creation and commercial growth, and its role in U.S. competitiveness and innovation in a global economy. The letter urges the U.S. Congress to reject recently proposed cuts by the Administration and promote bipartisan support for sufficient research funding in FY17 and FY18. View full letter.

Check out CERF's NEW Program: Rising TIDES!

CERF is pleased to announce a new comprehensive program for enhancing the diversity and inclusion of our scientific society and CERF conferences, Rising TIDES (Toward an Inclusive, Diverse, and Enriched Society).

The overall goals of Rising TIDES are to promote opportunities for all underrepresented and underserved minorities while cultivating a culture that actively engages and leverage diversity of all types throughout our organization. Learn more  

Register now for CERF 2017!

Join us this year in Providence, Rhode Island for CERF's 24th Biennial Conference! Registration is now open and the conference website has new information on hotel and travel, field trips, workshops, and more.

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Check Out CERF's Up Winter 2017 Newsletter

The CERF Winter 2017 Newsletter is now available! Learn about CERF 2017 Conference, read up on our upcoming spring webinar, and hear from our Affiliate Societies. Read CERF's Up online today!


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AIBS, 62 Scientific Organizations Write to Trump about Science

December 27, 2016

AIBS, 62 Scientific Organizations Write to Trump about Science

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2016 H. T. Odum Synthesis Essay

The 2016 H. T. Odum Synthesis Essay is now available online and in print in the January 2017 issue of Estuaries and Coasts. The article, by Odum Lifetime Achievement Awardee Joy Zedler (University of Wisconsin-Madison), reviews recent innovations in adaptive management and restoration in coastal and estuarine systems. The essay will be freely available until March 12, and members have access to all of Estuaries and Coasts through the Member Center.

American Society of Naturalists Awards Call for Proposals

ASN Awards for Support of Regional Meetings in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

The American Society of Naturalists solicits proposals from organizers of regional meetings in the fields of ecology, evolution and behavior. The purpose of these small awards is to promote increased participation in regional meetings that fall along the research interests supported by the ASN and to use this support as a way of recruiting new membership to ASN. The awards typically provide subsidized registration for ASN members at these regional meetings. Please note that these awards are not intended to support workshops. Previous awardees have included meetings such as SEEPEG, SEEC, EVO-WIBO, and OE3C. Organizers of regional meetings should submit a brief proposal describing the research focus of the meeting for which funds are requested as well as details of the meeting such as anticipated number of participants, meeting venue and dates.

Instructions: Proposals should include two components. One should clearly describe the (1) overlap of the regional meeting with ASN research interests, (2) extent that the support would reach out to new audiences to grow ASN's membership, and (3) potential size of the impact on ASN membership. The second component should include a brief budget justifying the amount requested and detailing how the funds will be used. To standardize the applications, there is a strict one-page limit (US Letter size paper, 1" margins, standard [e.g., Times] 12-point font, and no more than six lines per inch) for each component (i.e., 1 page for proposal, 1 page for budget description and use of funds). We anticipate funding 4-6 awards, typically valued at $2000-$3000. Please send proposals to the ASN Regional Society Liaison Committee Chair Rebecca Kimball by Feb. 15.

CERF Scientific Awards Nominations

We are now accepting nominations for our prestigious science awards, including two new awards:

More details, including nominations procedures and past recipients, can be found on the CERF website

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CASS Writes Letter to President-Elect Trump

In late November, the Consortiuim of Aquatic Sciences Socieities (CASS) wrote a Letter of Comment to President-Elect Trump about its concern for the future of the nation's aquatic resources. SWS President Gillian Davies signed the letter in support. Read the full letter here.