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Spring 2021 AERS & NEERS Joint Meeting

A 50th celebration!

Virtual, April 27-30, 2021

12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (ET)

plus an add-on career workshop - Tuesday morning (4/27) 8-12:15

Abstract Submission Deadline: midnight on March 7, 2021

NEW! Abstracts will have a shorter-word limit (1050 characters, including spaces); you will be asked to select 1-3 keywords.

Welcome from our Hosts

Hosted by

New England Estuarine Research Society

Atlantic Estuarine Research Society

50 years ago the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) and the newly formed New England Estuarine Research Society (NEERS) convened a meeting at the Holiday Inn in Plainview, NY. Together, they forged a new national organization, the Estuarine Research Federation (ERF). Later renamed the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF), this organization advances understanding and wise stewardship of estuarine and coastal ecosystems worldwide. There are now seven regionally based affiliate societies encompassing the coastal regions of North America. In celebration of the past 50 years and eager anticipation of the next half century of estuarine and coastal science and stewardship AERS and NEERS once again convene a joint meeting. Though we cannot meet at that same Holiday Inn in Plainview, NY as originally planned due to the pandemic, we will share our most recent advances and center stories of the people who make these strides - both established and rising voices. We look forward to sharing this history and future with you.

Meeting Organizers

  • Mary Alldred, Ph.D.; Department of Environmental Sciences, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Peter Burn, Ph.D.; Department of Biology, Suffolk University, Boston, MA

Special Symposium:

Keynote Address & Workshop

Friday, April 30, 2021, time TBD

Engaging diverse youth in STEM careers

Justin J. Shaifer is founder and Executive Director of Fascinate, Inc., an organization dedicated to exciting under represented students about STEM careers. He hosts WGBH Radio and Television's live science show Escape Lab, featured on Twitch. He is known for his culturally responsive teaching STEM curriculum design for New York City institutions, such as his Magic Cool Bus project.

"Science Communication Shark Tank" workshop

The keynote address will be followed by a "Science Communication Shark Tank" workshop. This highly engaging and collaborative workshop prepares scientists and science communicators to effectively pitch their ideas for funding.

The Coastal Society's 

Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Workshop

Tuesday, April 27, 2021; 8 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

This workshop has an additional fee and a separate registration portal. Registration is now open through The Coastal Society's Eventbrite portal.

$15 for TCS members; $30 for non-members

The virtual workshop will precede the joint meeting of the Atlantic Estuarine Research Society and New England Estuarine Research Society, two of the regional affiliates of the Coastal and Estuarine Federation (CERF). Besides CERF and TCS members, the target audience includes students, recent graduates, and early professionals interested in a coastal, estuarine, or marine career.

This half-day workshop will mirror the highly successful format used in previous workshops –   academic and career insights from coastal leaders followed by small group discussions on personal and professional skills such as getting your resume to the right person, virtual interviews, networking, mentors, USA Jobs, and more. Visit and click on the Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Development Program for information on past workshops and updates on the April 27th event. Registration is now open

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Meeting Details

Program & Abstracts

Links to Forms

Check out the "Guidelines for Abstracts and Papers" page BEFORE submitting your abstract and preparing your paper! 

  • Abstract submission form and/or registration form are not currently available.

AERS Members - to get the member's price, get your registration password from the AERS website.

Contacts for Questions

Meeting-Related Questions

(518-564-4112) or (617-573-8248)

Abstracts or Other Program Concerns

AERS: , Partnership for Delaware Estuary or , US EPA

Registration & Travel Awards


Forms (Abstracts & Registration)

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