CERF 2019 Conference

CERF 2019 Conference Updates

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



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?

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.

Questions about the Silent Auction, contact the Silent Auction Committee [email protected].

Silent Auction Chairs

  • Beth Darrow, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  • Pat Reilly, The Reilly Group
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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, 6 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 1:00 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.


CERF 2019 Scientific Award Recipients

Join us in celebrating the 2019 CERF Scientific Award Recipients! 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; supporting the education of scientists, decision-makers, and the public; and facilitating communication among these groups.

The Federation thanks our Scientific Awards Committee chair, Linda Schaffner, as well as all of the subcommittee chairs and committee members, for their tireless efforts to recruit and select the outstanding recipients of this year’s awards. CERF also thanks the many nominators and letter writers that supported the exceptional nominations received this year.


CERF 2019 Press

Media Inquiries 

For all media inquiries, please contact Susan Park at [email protected] or (804) 381-6658.

Media Releases

23 October 2019: Conference to highlight current research in coastal and estuarine science

03 October 2019: CERF hosts a special presentation on the discovery of the slave schooner Clotilda

14 June 2019: 1,500 Scientists Discuss Responsive, Relevant, and Ready Coastal and Estuarine Science in Mobile Alabama

11 July 2019: CERF is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 CERF Scientific Awards


CERF 2019 Conference Artist:
Inga Clough Falterman

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walk around, or
walk around me
oil on panel, 48" x 60"

Always hoping to be somewhere, my work is rooted in landscape. The spaces I present are where a lot of hoping occurs, and they incite the viewer to feel diminished or strong, and sometimes simultaneously insignificant and important. The landscapes are representational of what it means to be human; an attempt to keep, to build, to steady, to make secure.

Ultimately, humans are incapable of keeping, of warding off change, of complete ownership. Possessions are temporary, relationships evolve, bodies change, memories fade. We cannot even hold our breath.

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