November 24, 2015
The purpose of the Association of Ecosystem Research Centers (AERC) is to support and encourage cooperation in research and training among ecosystem centers, strengthen ecosystem research and its applications; and advance understanding of ecosystem science at local, regional, national and international levels.
One of the main, re-occurring activities of the AERC is its annual symposium congressional briefing. Dr. Samantha Joye attended the October 2015 meeting, whose theme was "Ecosystem Response to Extreme Events" and presented her talk to congress, titled "How an offshore oceanic ecosystem responded to extreme perturbation: The 2010 Gulf of Mexico BP/Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout".
AERC brings together 35 U.S. research programs in universities and private, state and federal laboratories that conduct research, provide training and analyze policy at the ecosystem level of environmental science and natural resources management. These centers are located throughout the U.S. mainland, as well as Alaska and Puerto Rico. Their scientists, who number more than 500, conduct a major share of the ecosystem research in the United States.
Slides for all the talks given at the symposium can be found online at AERC