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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.

Check Out CERF's Up Fall 2016 Newsletter

The CERF Fall 2016 Newsletter is now available! Learn about CERF's partnerships and alliances, read up on our new webinar series, and hear from our Affiliate Societies. Read CERF's Up online today!

Governing Board Elections 2017-2019

CERF 2017-2019 Governing Board Elections

You are invited to nominate the names of colleagues whom you would like to see considered for the next leaders of the Federation. Self-nominations are also welcome. Current President-Elect, Hilary Neckles, welcomes your suggestions for candidates for: 

  • President-Elect (2017-2019), 6-year term, two each as President-Elect, President, and Past President
  • Secretary (2017-2019), 2-year term
  • Member-at-Large (2017-2021), 4-year term. Two positions, including International* Member-at-Large
  • Student Member-at-Large (2017-2019), 2-year term

*International Members-at-Large must reside outside of the United States.

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Interested in posting a job?

CERF will continue to post jobs for free for both members and non-members.

Interested in posting a job?

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2017 Wetland Foundation Travel Grants

The Wetland Foundation is soliciting applications for 2017 travel grants. Applications are being accepted from any student who is currently enrolled at an academic institution in the United States and who meets the specific criteria for one of the four grants listed below. For more information, visit The Wetland Foundation website. Application deadline is December 18, 2016.

Conference Travel Grant Type 1 ($800): For advanced undergraduate and graduate students who have never attended a wetland scientific conference and who have limited funds for travel

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2016 Photo Contest Winners

 Congratulations to our 2016 Photo Contest Winners and Honorable Mentions!

Category 1: What does coastal and estuarine science mean to you?

WINNER: Adam Obaza

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National Estuaries Week: September 17-24

Help us celebrate National Estuaries Week (NEW), September 17-24, by joining our social media campaign. CERF is joining forces with Restore America's Estuaries, the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association, the Association of National Estuary Programs, and many others to build support for and awareness of estuaries as special coastal places. 

Share your science to a broader audience by posting and tweeting during NEW! Use #EstuariesWeek and #EstuaryLove, and tag CERF (Twitter: @CERFScience, Facebook @CERF.Estuaries.Coasts). We're especially excited to see videos and photos from our members, so get out those cell phones and start recording! 

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Check out our redesigned newsletter: CERF's Up!

The CERF Summer 2016 Newsletter is now available! Learn about CERF's partnerships and alliances, read up on our new webinar series, and hear from our Affiliate Societies. Read CERF's Up online today!

CERF 2017 Call for Sessions Deadline: 23 Sept 2016

Want to make an important contribution to the CERF community and host your own session at CERF 2017? Please visit our Call for Sessions webpage for more information on special session topics and how to submit a proposal!

Graduate Student Opportunities

University of Alabama Biogeochemistry Lab Opportunities

We have opportunities available for students wishing to pursue a Master's degree in Marine Sciences in the Biogeochemistry Lab ( The lab is located at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab on the Gulf coast ( The successful applicant will work on projects related to spatial and temporal patterns in nitrogen cycling, the role of benthic fauna on nitrogen cycling, or controls on trace gas fluxes in marshes in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Applicants should have a BS in chemistry, biology, marine science, or a related field, and background and interest in biogeochemistry. Depending on availability and qualifications, students are eligible for assistantships covering (1) a tuition waiver, (2) an annual stipend, and (3) health insurance.

For additional information visit the Biogeochemistry Lab website and contact Dr. Behzad Mortazavi at: [email protected] or phone: 251-861-2141 ext 2189.

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Hot off the press! Spring 2016 Newsletter

The Spring 2016 newsletter is now available. 

Did you know you can send in content for consideration to be included in CERF's newsletters? Simply email your content to [email protected]. We want to share your news! 

ICES Conference Travel Funding

Riga, Latvia
September 19 - 23, 2016
Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija

Travel Funding Available for New U.S. Participants
Requests for Travel Funds by new U.S. participants due 15 June 2016
Deadline for submission of abstracts to ICES, 30 April 2016

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CERF Advocates for America COMPETES Act

CERF recently joined 48 other organizations in signing a letter about the future of the National Science Foundation to the Senate Commerce Committee. The letter provided critical input regarding the scientific community’s priorities for the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act.