CERF 2019 Conference

CERF 2019 Conference Updates

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



CERF 2019 Plenary Sessions

Overall theme of plenaries: Applying our science most effectively requires that we understand the societal context of both our work and our interactions with non-scientists.

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The Slave Schooner Clotilda: Hidden but Not Forgotten

Monday, 4 November | 7:30 – 8:30 PM | Mobile Convention Center

In 1860, the Mobile-built schooner Clotilda entered the Mobile River with 109 enslaved persons on the last known voyage of a slave ship to bring people into the United States in violation of laws banning the slave trade – but not slavery.  It was then burned and sunk, but never were it and what had happened forgotten. The June 2019 announcement of the discovery and identification of the wreck off Mobile’s Twelvemile Island has again focused attention not only on the story of the schooner.  It also focused on the people brought to Alabama on Clotilda, and of Africatown, now part of Mobile, home to descendants of some of the schooner’s unwilling captives who when freedom came, established the community in the aftermath of the Civil War. The wreck lies in a graveyard of ships that were purposely scuttled or abandoned in a backwater of the Mobile River. This is the story of the research, science and forensic archaeology used to identify the wreck of Clotilda, a nationally-significant archaeological site now protected by the Alabama Historical Commission for the people of Alabama.

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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.

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CERF 2019 Media Toolkit

Help promote and expand CERF's reach to bring scientists and students from around the world to discuss coastal and estuarine research and management applications! Please refer to the guidelines located below before using the CERF 2019 Media Toolkit. For any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our office.

We appreciate your help in enhancing CERF 2019's reach!


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.

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