CERF 2021 Conference Committees

CERF 2021 Conference 

Co-Chairs

Mark Brush, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Lora Harris, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science


Attendee Experience Committee

Co-Chairs

Jessie Jarvis, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Amber Hardison, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Sam Lake, Virginia Sea Grant

Ambassadors Program 

Ashley Bulseco, Eckerd College 
Shelley Katusuki,
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Ashley Smyth, University of Florida and Florida Sea Grant

Conference Art

Linda Blum, University of Virginia
Emily Boone, University of Richmond
Elizabeth "Z" Lacey, Stockton University

Family Friendliness

Sally Brooks, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Betty Neikirk, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Erin Shields, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

History Committee 

Bob Christian, Retired
Megan Munkacsy, University of Maryland
Bob Murphy, Tetratech

Inclusion Event

Jessica Kinsella, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve
Nick Coleman, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Danielle Kreeger, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Cindy Palinkas, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Johnny Quispe, Rutgers University
Isabel Sanchez, University of Maryland Center for Enviromental Science
Meng Xia, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Local GK-12 Student Engagement 

Lauren Huey, Green Fin Studio
Stephanie Salisbury, Henrico County Public Schools

Mentoring Program

Mike Allen, Maryland Sea Grant College
Christina Bonsell, University of Texas Marine Science Institute

Silent Auction

Cassondra Armstrong, South Florida Water Management District 
Jessica Reichmuth, Augusta University

Social Event

Amber Hardison, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Jessie Jarvis, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Sam Lake, Virginia Sea Grant

Social Media

Cora Johnston, University of Virginia
Ezra J. Kottler, George Washington University
Emory Wellman, East Carolina University
Mollie Yacano, University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Science

Student Career Networking Event

Dave Gillett, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Courtney Schmidt, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program

Student Social Night

Serina WittynghamVirginia Institute of Marine Science
Mollie Yacano,
University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Science

Student and Early Career Participation

Chellby Kilheffer, United Sates Fish and Wildlife Service
Emily Rivest,
 Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Wellness Group

Courtney Harris, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Dave Wilcox,
Virginia Institute of Marine Science


Scientific Program Committee

Co-Chairs

Jeremy Testa, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Martha Sutula, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 
Ben Walther, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 

Cultural Heritage/Coastal Humanities

Matthew Bethel, Louisiana Sea Grant
Treda Grayson, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Database Manager

Todd Fake

Design Studio

Jori Erdman, James Madison University
Tiffany Troxler, Florida International University

Diversity in Science

Kristy Lewis, University of Central Florida
Giovanna McClenachan, Nicholls State University

Education

Carla Curran, Savannah State University
Christine Whitcraft, California State University Long Beach

Estuarine and Coastal Modeling Liaisons

Kendra Dresback, University of Oklahoma
Rich Signell,
 
United States Geological Survey
Pengfei Xue, Michigan Technological University

Film Festival 

Cassie Gurbisz, St. Mary's College of Maryland
Jace Tunnell,
 
Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve

History Committee 

Bob Christian, Retired
Megan Munkacsy, University of Maryland
Bob Murphy, Tetratech

Oral Sessions

Iris Anderson, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
John Callaway,
University of San Francisco
Matt Kirwan,
Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Plenary Sessions

Don Boesch, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Jan Newton, University of Washington

Poster Sessions 

Pedro Morais, University of Algarve
Carolyn Weaver, Millersville University

Student Judging

Zack Darnell, University of Southern Mississippi
Kelly Darnell, University of Southern Mississippi

Workshops

Ronnie Baker, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Kim de Mutsert, University of Southern Mississippi
Bryce Van Dam, Helmhotlz-Zentrum Geesthacht

CERF Conference Staff

Susan Park, Executive Director
Megan Miller, Event Director
Louise Miller, Chief Operating Officer
Cindy Devine, Marketing Coordinator