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NHEERL Researcher Elected to CERF Governing Board

Janet Nestlerode of NHEERL's Gulf Ecology Division has been elected to serve as member-at-large on the governing board of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF). CERF is a multidisciplinary, international federation of members and affiliate societies dedicated to studying and managing the structure and functions of estuaries and the effects of human activities on these fragile environments. The federation currently has approximately 1,650 members, and over 1,000 more who are members of seven regional affiliate societies for the coastal regions that border the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The federation convenes conferences in odd-numbered years and publishes the scholarly journal Estuaries and Coasts. In addition, the federation serves as a source of advice on estuarine and coastal matters by responding to requests for information from legislative and management organizations. The governing board meets twice a year for strategic planning of activities in the areas of affiliate societies, communications, education, fundraising, international activities, membership, and policy. Dr. Nestlerode will serve on the governing board for the next 4 years, beginning November 2009 at the CERF 20th Biennial Conference in Portland, OR.

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