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Special Events

Women in Science Networking Lunch

Tuesday, 5 November 2013
12:15 - 1:30 pm
San Diego Room

Cost: $30 regular / $25 students Purchase Tickets

The Women in Science Networking Lunch provides a compelling program and an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues and friends. This year we are happy to present Margaret Spring as the featured speaker.

Margaret Spring joined the Monterey Bay Aquarium in April 2013 as Vice President of the Conservation and Science Division where she provides leadership and strategic guidance for the Conservation Research, Policy, and Seafood Watch Programs.

Margaret, a graduate of Duke University Law School and Dartmouth College, has had a distinguished career in ocean policy, having recently served as Principal Deputy Under-Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and Chief of Staff at NOAA, working closely with NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco. In this role, she worked to develop and drive strategic priorities for NOAA with a particular focus on external constituents, interagency initiatives, and administration priorities.

Prior to this, Margaret was with The Nature Conservancy’s California chapter from 2007 to 2009 as Director of its Coastal and Marine Program, where she led one of the largest U.S. marine programs at the Conservancy, focusing on innovative projects designed to address major threats to marine ecosystems. Before joining the Conservancy she served for many years as Senior Counsel, then General Counsel, to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, playing an important role advising members of Congress on ocean issues and developing key ocean legislation.


Cruising San Diego

Tuesday, 5 November
Boarding: 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Cruise: 7:00-9:00 pm
Disembark: 9:15-9:30 pm
Location: Grape Street Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr. in San Diego

Cost: $75.00 adult / $45.00 children ages 4-12 / free for children ages 3 & under Purchase Tickets

Join us Tuesday evening for a private, two-hour cruise around San Diego Bay with Hornblower Cruises & Events on the Inspiration Hornblower charter yacht. See and hear about San Diego Bay now—with its working waterfronts and natural resources—and into the future through discussion of San Diego’s climate adaptation plans and commercial fisheries revitalization plan.

Included with the ticket are dinner and two drinks, music, the tour and discussions, and the beautiful nighttime San Diego skyline. The special conference price is a steal compared to the public rate of $120!

The buffet style dinner will include:

  • Grilled Breast of Chicken with Lemon, Capers and Fresh Herbs
  • Penne Pasta with Artichoke Hearts, Fresh Herbs, and Roasted Peppers finished with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Red Leaf and Hearts of Romaine with Tomatoes, Carrots, and Olives served with a classic Italian Dressing
  • Breaded Zucchini Sticks with Pomodoro Sauce
  • Fresh Fruit Display
  • Rolls with Butter
  • Cookie Bites, Brownie Bites, & Lemon Bars

The yacht has 28,000 sq. ft. of event space, with two enclosed interior decks and an open-air sky deck that rises 30 ft. off the water and provides 360 degree views of the San Diego skyline. Visit for a sneak peak.

A DJ will spin selections of your favorite tunes from the past and present. Dance the night away as the sights pass you by! It should be a fantastic evening! 

Tickets can be purchased when you register at If you have already registered, simply log back in to your registration via, add the event to your registration, and enter your payment information. You are welcome to use an alternate credit card than what was used when you originally registered.


Ignite Sessions

CERF 2013 will host two Ignite Sessions - each scheduled during the lunch period on Monday and Wednesday. These 90-minute sessions will be comprised of eight to ten talks grouped around a common theme. Each talk is five minutes, featuring 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds … when your slides are done, so are you! There are no questions during the talks, but there will be time for discussion afterwards. Ignite Sessions provide a unique way to share ideas and experiences in a fun, animated and fast-paced forum.

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger (Or At Least a Better Scientist)
Monday, 4 November
12:15 – 1:25 pm
Town & Country Room

As scientists we have all faced obstacles: a failed experiment, manuscripts that never get published, unlucky job searches, conflicts with collaborators, mentees, or mentors. Yet, it is often in these times that we find new inspiration, a discovery that leads us down another path, a change in approach to the question, or a new source of support. In this Ignite Session, scientists will share the stories behind those obstacles and how they ultimately made them a better scientist.

Organizer & Moderator: Kerry Nickols, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University


  • Kerry J. Nickols, Stanford University
    I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends
  • John Largier, University of California, Davis
    Youth, Truth and Finding a Deeper Meaning in Oceanography
  • Karen McLeod, COMPASS
    Carving My Path as an Integrator: One Scientist’s Survival Story
  • Jim O’Donnell, University of Connecticut
    Surviving Interdisciplinary Education
  • Sarah Giddings, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    How Birds, Trash, a Few Field Mistakes, and Some Luck Have Shaped My Scientific Interests
  • George Waldbusser, Oregon State University
    Slow Death by the Second Law: Working Against the Gradient
  • Denise Reed, The Water Institute
    The Tide Comes In and the Tide Goes Out
  • Ted Grosholz, University of California, Davis
    Words Hurt as Much as Sticks and Stones: Overcoming Criticism

The Power of Observations
Wednesday, 6 November
12:15 – 1:25 pm
Town & Country Room

This Ignite Session will focus on the power we gain from having coastal observational data. Speakers will share diverse stories of where a commitment to sustained observations has shown clear value to society through improved response to events, deeper insight on system functioning that leads to improved management, detection of change, or increased awareness of the marine environment.

Organized By:     

  • Jan Newton, University of Washington and Northwest Assoc. of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS)
  • Josie Quintrell, Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Association
  • Jennie Lyons, US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), NOAA

Moderator: Zdenka Willis, US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), NOAA


  • Toby Garfield, San Francisco State University
    Science, Spills and Sailors: Oh my!
  • Gerhard Kuska, Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS)
    Toto, I’ve Got a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore...What To Do About Severe Weather in Coastal Areas?
  • Molly McCammon, Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS)
    What’s (Arctic) Ice Got to do with It?
  • Libby Jewett, NOAA Ocean Acidification Program
    Building an EKG for the Sea
  • Joe Needoba, Oregon Health and Science University
    Tracking the Intractable Columbia River
  • Jen Read, Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS)
    It’s Kind of Eerie: HABs and Hypoxia
  • Dwayne Porter, University of South Carolina and National Estuarine Research Reserves System (NERRS)
    Gathering Alligators, Taking Observations, Revealing Statistics (GATORS)
  • Cheryl Peach, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
    Teaching Students to Navigate Oceans of Data


"CERF the Turf" 2013 5k Fun Run/Walk

Wednesday, 6 November
Assemble: 6:30 am in the southwest parking lot at the corner of Hotel Circle North & Fashion Valley Rd.
Event: 7:00 – 9:00 am

Cost: $20.00 Register Here

CERF will once again host a 5K (3.1 mile) fun run/walk as a part of the 2013 biennial conference. This year ’s run will follow a stretch of the San Diego River offering beautiful riparian views, fun and fresh air. All paid participants will get a keepsake after the race, and prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers. Preregistration is required before November 6. Interested participants can sign up at registration.



Wednesday, 6 November
7:30 – 10:00 pm
Town & Country Room

The CERF Bowl is a team-based trivia competition that will show off the extensive estuarine and coastal knowledge of society members. Modeled after NOAA’s National Ocean Science Bowl, this evening event promises to be a fun and entertaining venue for members to compete against one another, earn prizes, cheer on colleagues, and meet new people!


Student Awards Presentation & Farewell Party

Thursday, 7 November 2013
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Town & Country Room

Cost: Free, But Registration is Required Register Here

Volunteer judges will be evaluating most of the student oral and poster presentations throughout the conference. Tonight, the highest-ranking students will receive monetary awards and recognition for their exceptional work. Come support the students and celebrate another successful conference. Light hors d'oeuvres and bar will be available.