PERS 2018

Pacific Estuarine Research Society 41stth

Annual Meeting

When:   March 1‐4, 2018

Where:  Ocean Research College      Academy, Everett, WA

Who:                PERSians and Estuarine Friends

Theme:             Working Waterfronts; A Delicate Balance

Place:      ORCA facility on the Everett  Waterfront

PERS Social, March 1st. 6-9pm

PERS Oral Presentations and Posters, March 2nd & 3rd

March 4th: Snohomish Estuary/Possession Sound PERS field trips & nature walks, 

Estuary map

Registration includes: PERS Social, Banquet, snacks, and coffee breaks at the Port of Everett Waterfront Place.

The theme of this year’s PERS conference is “Working Waterfronts; A Delicate Balance” and we strive to emphasize interactions among participants and focus on scientific and management issues that encompass the West Coast.

Conference Website – head on over to register, and submit abstracts, if you have attended a previous meeting you may already have a login.  Otherwise it is highly recommended to Register then submit your abstract.  Come on back here to pay for your registration.

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Scientific Program

The structure of the scientific program is meant to encourage extended discussion about the ideas and data presented through posters, fast talks, and organized panels. We look forward to contributions in the following formats:

1)      Posters (with poster previews): Each poster session will highlight 12 posters, with the lead or presenting author of each given one minute at the beginning of the session to introduce the topic of the poster to the audience. The remainder of the poster session will be available to explore information in more detail through audience circulation and group discussions around each highlighted poster. 

2)      Fast talks: Each session of “fast talks” will include a small number (4-6) of presentations, generally aligned around common themes that emerge from submitted talks. Each presenter will have 5 minutes and 10 slides to give an overview of research question and results, with slides being advanced automatically at 30-second intervals. After the fast talks are completed, presenters and audience members will have an additional half-hour to organize into groups for a facilitated discussion about each talk. A poster or handout of conceptual diagrams, data, etc. will be helpful as an additional resource of talking points for the breakout sessions.

3)      Special-topics panels: In this third format, groups of people will self-organize to give 3-5 brief (<10min) perspective presentations relevant to a provocative or emergent topic. The entire panel session will be given one hour, at least 20 minutes of which should be allocated to facilitated discussion with the audience. Panel topics should be conceptual (e.g. biological responses to climate change in estuaries, invasive species management), methodological (e.g. advances in stable isotope analyses), beyond research (e.g. strategies for public outreach and involvement), applied to current issues (e.g., is ecosystem restoration working), career-related (e.g., prognosis for future needs and opportunities), or otherwise synthetic as imaginations and interest lead.

If you have an idea for a panel topic and are searching for additional panelists – or have other questions regarding presentations at the meeting – please feel free to contact one of the scientific program co-chairs: Jason Stutes at

Jude Apple at

Deadline for abstract submission is midnight Friday February 16th and early conference registration Friday February 16th, late registration is open until Friday February 23rd.



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