About us

Competition Advisory Committee

Co-Chairs:

Jori Erdman, James Madison University

Tiffany Troxler, Florida International University

Jenna Clark, Maryland Sea Grant

Troy Hartley, Virginia Sea Grant

Jen Irish, Virginia Tech

Ed Lewandowski, Delaware Sea Grant

Karen McGlathery, University of Virginia

David Myers, University of Maryland College Park

Skip Stiles, Wetlands Watch, Norfolk, VA

Robert Twilley, Lousiana Sea Grant

Ross Weaver, Wetlands Watch, Norfolk, VA

Competition Judges

To be announced.

What is CERF?

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF), is a multidisciplinary organization of individuals who study and manage the structure and functions of estuaries and the effects of human activities on these environments. CERF members are dedicated to advancing human understanding and appreciation of the Earth’s estuaries and coasts, to the wise use and management of these environments and to making the results of their research and management actions available to their colleagues and to the public.

Why join us at CERF?

You and our colleagues will come together to network, celebrate our work, learn from each other, and grow within our amazing field as we endeavor to connect science and society in the collective goals of preserving coastal and estuarine habitats, resources, and heritage. Collaborate and discuss with more than 1,700 scientists and researchers from all over the world.

About Virginia Sea Grant

Through university-based research, extension, education, and communication, Virginia Sea Grant makes science-based information accessible to citizens, businesses, educators, resource managers, industry stakeholders, and policy makers across the Commonwealth of Virginia, the region, and the nation.

Collectively, Virginia Sea Grant forms an agile multi-university network. We are a dynamic 21st century knowledge management entity, comprised of a broad portfolio of expertise. Our communities of practice and interests cross both institutional and functional boundaries, and we adhere to rigorous network management principles that optimize innovation, responsiveness, and performance.

About Wetlands Watch

WETLANDS WATCH IS SMALL, SMART, AND GROWING, HAVING EVOLVED IN A MEASURED AND CAREFUL WAY SINCE ITS START IN 1999: FROM LOCAL ACTIVISM, TO REGIONAL VOLUNTEER GROUP, TO STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION, TO A REGIONAL RESOURCE.

Wetlands are a vital part of a healthy world. Swamps, bogs and marshes, as well as the shallow waters of our rivers, creeks, lakes and ponds are wetlands. Upland areas that flood or have saturated soils for some period of the year are also wetlands. Wetlands have important natural functions that humans, land animals and plants and marine life depend on for survival. 

Unfortunately, wetlands have historically been unappreciated. Only half of the wetlands of Colonial times have survived. Wetlands Watch was formed because protecting wetlands…

“requires a corps of volunteers observant enough to know something is wrong, aggressive enough to delve into complex regulation, and persistent enough to combat an often hostile bureaucracy.” (Virginian Pilot, July 30, 2001)

Wetlands Watch works with both a top-down approach, through state and federal policy advocacy, and a bottom-up approach, using grass roots education and activism to influence local government land use and regulatory decisions.

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