(November 01, 2019) --

Dauphin Island Sea Lab researchers and students will be among the nearly 1,500 attendees from around the world at the 25th Biennial Conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF). 

The CERF 2019 theme of “Responsive | Relevant | Ready” provides an exciting opportunity to connect science and society in the collective goals of preserving coastal and estuarine habitats,
resources, and heritage.

The busy conference schedule covering November 3-7 includes nearly 40 presentations from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab team. Dr. Ron Baker will also host a workshop on Saturday and Sunday discussing the concepts and controversies in tidal marsh ecology. The research panel includes scientists from Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The full CERF 2019 program can be searched online at http://bit.ly/CERF2019-app.

CERF 2019 will examine current topics in coastal and estuarine science, including:

• New insights in the Gulf of Mexico nine years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
o Charles Martin presenting “Nine years after Deepwater Horizon, what have we learned about nearshore fishes?”
o Savannah Swinea presenting “Resilience or vulnerability of Gulf fisheries economies following Deepwater Horizon?”

• Gulf of Mexico oxygen deficiency: when, where, what to do?
o Donald Boesch presenting “Why there is no progress in abating Gulf hypoxia and scientists must effectively resolve controversies”
o Stephan Howden presenting “Observations of seafloor hypoxia in the western Mississippi Bight”
o Alfonse Martignette presenting “Karenia brevis bloom induced dead zone in the Southeast Gulf of Mexico”

• Advances in coastal harmful algal bloom (HAB) science
o Meagan Schrandt presenting “One HAB, three Estuaries: Insights from long-term fisheries-independent monitoring along Florida’s Gulf coast”
o Natalie Nelson presenting “Are human-managed freshwater discharges fueling Florida’s red tides?”
o Lisa Krimsky presenting “Building consensus on Florida's harmful algal blooms”

• Using citizen science to address complex environmental problems
o Jessie Kastler presenting “Citizen science in oil spill research - building relationships to build trust in science”
o Daiane Maygarden presenting “Community-Based data generation to assess shoreline change and background oiling”

Anyone interested in registering to attend CERF 2019 or to learn more about the scientific program should visit www.cerf.science/CERF-2019