CERF 2019 Conference

CERF 2019 Conference Updates

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



Meet Us in Mobile!

Our 2019 Conference destination has so much in store

Activities  |  About the City  |  Venue  |  Hotels


CERF 2019 will be held at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama. Mobile has long been the cultural center of the Gulf Coast and you'll find an authentic experience found nowhere else in the southern United States. As the oldest city in Alabama, Mobile has a rich past spanning centuries. French, Spanish, British, Creole, Catholic, Greek and African legacies have influenced everything from architecture to cuisine, creating a miniature melting pot in the Port City.

Learn About Mobile

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.

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