about GERS

The Gulf Estuarine Research Society is a not for profit educational organization for people interested in estuarine and coastal issues centering on the Gulf of Mexico. The fundamental goal is to promote research in the Gulf of Mexico. GERS is a very active research society with a membership of scientists, researchers, and students from universities, agencies and research labs along the Gulf coast.

In 1973, a small group of scientists from various institutions along the Gulf of Mexico met to organize a society to promote coastal marine research, and to facilitate communication amon marine scientists throughout the Gulf region. This society was called the Gulf Estuarine Research Society (GERS), and it was organized as an affiliate of the Estuarine Research.

Federation, an international organization of scientists involved in coastal and marine research.

The initial membership of GERS included researchers from each of the Gulf states -- Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.
About 50 people attended the first meeting of this new organization in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, in October 1974. That first GERS meeting featured a total of 31 contributed papers covering a wide diversity of research activities, ranging from topics that were concerned with biological aspects to those which focused on various chemical, physical, or geological processes.
This multi-disciplinary aspect continues to be an important characteristic of GERS today. Thus this society provides opportunities for researchers in various disciplinary areas to come together and communicate with each other. A researcher who is interested in the movements of larval fish, for example, may communicate with and benefit from the work of a researcher wh is studying factors influencing ocean currents. A quick perusal of the program of a GERS meeting indicates the diversity of interests represented by this society, such as life history aspects of crustaceans; a dynamics of important fish species such as red drum, black drum and spotted seatrout; geophysical spects, and ecosystem analyses.
At its scientific meetings, GERS also encourages students to present papers on their research in marine related areas. Awards are presented at each meeting for the best student papers. These awards have been made possible by grants from Freeport-McMoRan and have resulted in many very high quality student presentations. GERS also funds student travel to regional and national meetings.
Today, GERS is a very active research society with a total membership of about 250 scientists, researchers, and students from universities, agencies and research labs along the Gulf coast. Many of the scientists have national and international reputations in their areas of research. This research society is expected to grow in importance during the next decade as
human impacts on estuarine and coastal environments continue to escalate rapidly, presenting major challenges in characterizing and understanding ecosystem responses to such impacts. As society, and the scientific community in particular, faces these challenges, coastal research organization such as the Gulf Estuarine Research Society are poised to
assume strong leadership positions as representatives for scientists involved in such research.

I am delighted to report that our joint meeting with Society of Wetland Scientists South Central and South Atlantic Chapters is shaping up beautifully. The collaboration is affording us the opportunity to offer a program of greater breadth and depth, including special sessions on habitat alteration and seagrasses, a choice between two informative field trips Friday afternoon (free with registration!), a fish fry and opportunity to tour the facilities of EPA’s Gulf Breeze lab Friday night (free with registration!), and two 8-hour workshops to choose from on Wednesday (for a nominal fee). We also are seeking agency support for expanded student awards to attend our next national-international meetings. Then, too there is the fringe benefit that we shall meet in a gorgeous place, at a beautiful time of year, and on a date that invites making the occasion into a mini-vacation! The location is the Hampton Inn and Convention Center at Pensacola Beach, Florida. The dates are October 6-9. Those that are inclined can stay on through Columbus Day, Monday the 11th. Please go to the Meetings section of our web page for a link to detailed information on abstract submission, meeting registration, and accommodations. I am looking forward to great presentations, great interactions, great enjoyment and seeing you there!

The primary purpose of GERS is to bring together, exclusively for educational purposes, persons interested in estuarine and coastal research and problems in the Gulf of Mexico Region. One of our most visible functions is our annual spring meeting .These meetings feature oral and poster presentations of research, social events, a banquet, and often field trips.
Our primary emphasis is keeping the meetings comfortable and informal; thus, they provide an excellent environment to present research and to meet other scientists who are working in similar fields. We make several monetary travel awards to deserving students who want to attend our meetings and present their research, and have corporate sponsors who support sizable monetary awards given to the best student presenters.
In all GERS functions, supporting and encouraging undergraduate and graduate students is our primary goal, since they are the future of our profession. GERS tries to encourage student participation by funding numerous student travel awards to both GERS meetings and meetings. In addition to annual meetings, we have a number of new programs that may interest you.

Opportunities provided by student membership:
1.formal but relaxed form for initial presentations of research efforts
2.a place to meet people who work in estuaries opportunity to act as a mentor to an ILP student grants to the GERS and ERF meetings

Opportunities facilitate these benefits:
1.job prospects
2.suggestions for new research or different prerspectives on an ongoing project
3.meeting members of ERF, so that going to the national meeting may be less intimidating
4.making new friends, and socializing with old friends
5.using knowledge and expertise to help younger students

To improve communication among GERS student members such that opportunities become benefits:
1.develop a student directory
2.poll student members as to the benefits they desire and those currently being received due to their membership in GERS
3.have a student social at the meetings
4.enhance communication among students using e-mail, the newsletter and informal memos

Japanese Translation

河口湾の研究会 GERS

河口湾の研究会は、河口に興味がある人、メキシコ湾沿岸を中心とした問題についての、営利教育団体ではありません。基本的な目標は、メキシコ湾での研究を促進することです。 GERSは、科学者、研究者、湾の海岸に沿って、大学機関や研究室の学生のメンバーシップを持つ、非常に活発な研究社会です。



フロリダ州、アラバマ州、ミシシッピ州、ルイジアナ州、テキサス州 - GERSの初期のメンバーシップは、湾岸諸州のそれぞれの研究者が含まれています。