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Silent Auction

The CERF 2013 Silent Auction is a new addition to CERF conferences. Funds raised through the auction will go to support CERF student participation and development activities. The auction will take place in the exhibit hall (Grand Hall) where a unique variety of items will be on display and available for bidding. This event will feature CERF inspired art, including original works created for CERF 2013, books, scientific instrumentation, outdoor sport equipment, gift certificates and C/ERF memorabilia donated by members, conference vendors and businesses.

The auction will open at 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 3 and close at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 5. All bids must be placed prior to the close of the auction. Auction winners can pay for items in the conference registration area, and all payments must be received by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 6. If payment is not received at that time, items will automatically be awarded to the next highest bidder who will be immediately contacted. All items must be collected and transported by auction winners at the time of payment. Join us for a good cause, and great deals on highly prized items!

Here is a sampling of CERF 2013 Silent Auction items:


This unique and adjustable sterling and resin cocktail statement ring is handmade by sea turtle biologist and metal worker, Kate Mansfield. It depicts a diver getting ready to dive into a sparkling blue sea for a survey in a subtropical sea with a floor made of real Pensacola Beach sand. Other marine and beach-inspired metalwork by Kate is for sale on her Etsy site at

Head for the coast and become a nature know-it-all! “North Carolina’s Amazing Coast”, published in 2013, features an inviting collection of one hundred short, self-contained features about the flora, fauna, and natural history of the fascinating place where the land meets the sea. Each page includes a full-color illustration and breezy, fact-filled commentary on coastal wildlife from fifty-foot-long northern right whales to single-cell plankton, and shy red wolves to overbearingly sociable sand gnats. This copy is signed by the author, Terri Kirby-Hathaway, the marine education specialist for North Carolina Sea Grant. Terri is a consummate beachcomber, collecting and sharing sand and "beachy" things with friends and educators around the world.

This book is a narrative told from the point of view of a young girl who is sharing a Georgia coastal salt marsh with her visiting cousin. The children visit the marsh every day for four days, slowly building their knowledge of the ecosystem. As they make their way through the tall marsh grass, the two children slip and slide on marsh mud, discover clusters of ribbed mussels at the base of the grass, and watch as fiddler crabs skitter from burrow to burrow around the edge of a creek. Representative of intertidal marshes throughout the world, the Georgia coastal salt marsh described in this book is typically shared by both land and marine mammals, presenting a unique ecosystem at the water's edge. This hardcover copy is signed by the author, Dr. Merryl Alber, a professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia and the managing editor of CERF’s Coastal and Estuarine Science News (CESN)!

Ever feel in need of a cuddly sea creature to spend your nights curled up with? Then you’re in luck! CERF Secretary and AERS Past President Linda Blum knit these adorable invertebrates that you can win in the CERF Silent Auction for a unique CERF 2013 souvenir if you are lucky enough to place the winning bid!

Finally a purse that matches your personality: a little quirky, a little mysterious, and LOADS of fun! This great little hand knit and felted wool bag made by CERF Member-at-large Janet Nestlerode is large enough to carry your wallet and phone and features a squid that appears to be from the briny deep. Irresistibly eye catching and sure to be a conversation starter!

Six informed and inspired photographs generously donated by CERF’s talented photographer Holly Greening will be available at the CERF Silent Auction. The stunning collection created by Holly and Gerold Morrison includes six unique perspectives and species of North American birds, and will beautifully adorn any office or home. Each high resolution glossy photo measures 8x10 inches.

Perhaps few astronomers have looked up into the night sky and exclaimed “it looks like microorganisms”. However, at least one microbiologist has experienced this trick of scale and perspective. This epiflourescent image at 1000x magnification was obtained from a sample collected in the “Nation’s River” on the Summer Solstice in 1999. As the solstice describes earth’s inclination towards the sun, this image implies the inclination we have to the subjects great and small that illuminate our minds. This matte photo measures 11 x 14 inches.

A rare and coveted piece of vintage CERF gear is up for auction. This coozie, seasoned by travel to three continents, field work, sporting events and all manner of beverage will be awarded to the highest bidder at the CERF 2013 silent auction. The smart accessory is the perfect companion for all of your estuarine and coastal adventures.  

Have you ever wanted to ride a wave? Well now is your chance! Bid on a voucher for a 1.5 hr surf lesson for two on the beautiful shores of La Jolla, California. Enjoy the surf, sunshine, and a great day with the awesome staff at Menehune Surf (

With no experience needed, you can kayak the La Jolla sea caves and ecological reserve, which boasts an amazing array of scenery and wildlife you can't find anywhere else in San Diego. Bid on a two-person naturalist-guided tandem kayak tour courtesy of Hike Bike Kayak Sports in La Jolla, California at the CERF Silent Auction! (

Be the envy of your department with your very own RBRsolo T Temperature Recorder! The compact and lightweight single channel recorder offers flexible measurement schedules, fast sampling up to 2Hz, large memory, extra power for extended deployments, fast USB download for large data files, and temperature accuracy of ±0.002°C! The RBRsolo T is small and streamlined making it the ideal instrument for shallow and deep water applications, down to 1700m (depth). This versatile little gem can be moored, towed, or used in profiling and can be YOURS if you are the highest bidder at the CERF Silent Auction! View the spec sheet for more information (

Algae pressings and prints by Beth Shady’s Seaweed Art ( are perfect for hanging around the house or sending to friends. This unique collection highlights the delicate nature and beauty of local algal species on the pacific coast. Bid on a set of note cards or a set of four algae pressings at the CERF Silent Auction!

The Ocean Beach Pier, one of the most visited landmarks in San Diego County, reaches out into the Pacific Ocean at the estuary of the San Diego River. Place your bid on this large canvas photo (18 x24 inches) of Ocean Beach and the pier by San Diegan photographer Russ Hart of Shot from the Hart Photography (

Bid on this limited edition (number 1 of 100) signed giclee print inspired by the view near the visitor’s center at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve near San Diego. It is framed with a certificate of authenticity from the artist Teri McFarland (mother of CERF member Kellie Uyeda). Other pieces by Teri are for sale on her Etsy site at

This OSHA-approved original workman's model Utilikilt (discontinued zipper design) was worn by CERFer Joe Germano for every Sediment Profile Imagery (SPI) survey he's done between 2001 and 2013, when it was finally retired. Like Joe, it has been around the world a few times and has a lot of miles on it! For serious coastal collectors, this is a piece of history from one of the original developers of SPI technology and can be yours if you have the winning bid at the CERF Silent Auction!

Donated by CERFer Joe Germano from his own collection, this 2006 Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon from winemaker Richard Arrowood displays a harmonious medley of intense fruit aromas, including ripe blackberry, black cherry, boysenberry, plum and currant with hints of mocha and spice. Wonderful weight in the mouth and firm structure give way to supple, velvety textures and layers of dark berry flavors that are rich and vibrant, long-lasting and impeccably balanced. This special bottle can be yours if you place the winning bid at the CERF silent Auction!

The ultimate CERF souvenir! Bid on this Roto-Molded Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) donated by La Jolla Kayak ( This 9’ board features a durable design that will provide you with years of coastal exploring fun! 

Learn how to hang ten with this certificate for a 2-day Women’s Weekend Clinic at Surf Diva Surf School ( in La Jolla. Surf Diva has taught thousands of women to surf from every corner of the globe since it first opened in La Jolla in 1996. Their most popular program is the Women's Weekend Surf Clinic, held every weekend, year round at La Jolla Shores, close to San Diego, California. This clinic provides the perfect introduction to wave riding and the surfing lifestyle and the group setting makes it a really fun activity to share with friends, colleagues, family or to join in on your own. If you have never surfed before or you want to refresh your skills, this is the perfect item to bid on!