2018 Diving for Science Symposium

The 2018 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium will be hosted by the University of California Berkeley and the University of California Davis in Tahoe City, CA from October 09-13, 2018. Abstract submission is open now and registration will be open soon!

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2018 AAUS Standards Manual Update

The final draft Standards Manual is here. Please submit comments on the AAUS website form found along with a link to the draft.  You must be logged in to view the draft.

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2018 Conrad Limbaugh Award Voting Open

The 2018 nominees are Lloyd Austin, Mike Dardeau, Dave Pence and Neal Pollock.  The link to the bios is below.  Voting is open for all full members until April 30th.

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SPOTLIGHT

Welcome to a new initiative by the AAUS to spotlight organizational member projects and divers.  This month we feature and article by Tyler Phelps.  Join us in spotlighting our community by submitting your articles! 

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2018 AAUS Student Scholarships

AAUS Foundation Student Scholarship applications are now open! All proposals are due June 30. For more information and application instructions, visit www.aausfoundation.org.

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AAUS Social Media

In addition to our current Facebook page, AAUS now has an Instagram account: AAUS.Scientific.Diving. Follow us!  Any other images, videos, stories, or other things you would like shared, please send them to: AAUSsocialmedia@gmail.com.  

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Current E-Slate

Curent ESlate is available on the first of every month.  You can access older editions in the resource library under "publications".

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Make a Donation

Please support the organization by making a donation. Every dollar counts! Thank you to all those who have given in the past and please continue to support our vital mission in the future.

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Event Calendar View All

USC AAUS Scientific Diving Course Application Deadline
    05/01/18

USC AAUS Scientific Diving Course

This USC course includes mainland Los Angeles based classes and several days of spectacular research dive training on Catalina Island including bluewater dive, night dive, mapping and navigation skills, Reef Check CA Certification and marine species identification. This course is open to both USC staff, students and the general public. Open-water SCUBA certification is required. Application deadline: May 1, 2018. For information, contact Eric Castillo, USC DSO (uscdso@usc.edu) More at wrigley.usc.edu/ scientificdiving

Marine Subtidal Ecology and AAUS Science Diver Course
    06/11/18 - 07/13/18

Marine Subtidal Ecology and AAUS Science Diver Course

The University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratories is offering a Marine Subtidal Ecology course June 11- July 13, 2018.  This course focuses on learning key ecological concepts, skills, and tools applied to the subtidal marine environment. Of primary importance, students will be trained as AAUS scientific divers.  Students will conduct group and independent research projects addressing a tractable question in temperate subtidal ecology; the skills and principles of ecology will, however, be broadly applicable to underwater science. The training will include visits (and input!) from scientific diving instructors from around the NW, evening discussions of accident case studies, and extensive pool and in-water skills and rescue drills.  More information  at https://fhl.uw.edu/courses/coursedescriptions/course/marine-subtidal-ecology-2018or email pema@uw.edu.

The Functional Roles of Mesophotic Coral Reefs in the Anthropocene Conference
    06/18/18 - 06/22/18

The Functional Roles of Mesophotic Coral Reefs in the Anthropocene

The Mesophotic Coral Reef Ecosystems Gordon Research Conference will be held June 18-22, 2018 at Bates College in Lewiston, ME. The number of scientists studying MCEs is growing rapidly and includes coral reef ecologists, molecular biologists, oceanographers, physiologists, biogeochemists, paleo-climatologists, fisheries biologists, microbiologists, chemical ecologists, population geneticists and managers interested in resource conservation. This GRC will attract experts from around the world, as well as students and post-doctoral researchers, to present new data and evaluate the evidence supporting the multiple factors controlling the structure and function of MCE communities worldwide. More information at https://www.grc.org/mesophotic-coral-reef-ecosystems-conference/2018/

Latest News View All

Marine Subtidal Ecology and AAUS Science Diver Course
    03/01/18

The University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratories is offering a Marine Subtidal Ecology course June 11- July 13, 2018.  This course focuses on learning key ecological concepts, skills, and tools applied to the subtidal marine environment. Of primary importance, students will be trained as AAUS scientific divers.  Students will conduct group and independent research projects addressing a tractable question in temperate subtidal ecology; the skills and principles of ecology will, however, be broadly applicable to underwater science. The training will include visits (and input!) from scientific diving instructors from around the NW, evening discussions of accident case studies, and extensive pool and in-water skills and rescue drills.  More information  at https://fhl.uw.edu/courses/coursedescriptions/course/marine-subtidal-ecology-2018or email pema@uw.edu.

USC AAUS Scientific Diving Course
    03/01/18

This USC course includes mainland Los Angeles based classes and several days of spectacular research dive training on Catalina Island including bluewater dive, night dive, mapping and navigation skills, Reef Check CA Certification and marine species identification. This course is open to both USC staff, students and the general public. Open-water SCUBA certification is required. Application deadline: May 1, 2018. For information, contact Eric Castillo, USC DSO (uscdso@usc.edu) More at wrigley.usc.edu/ scientificdiving

2018 AAUS Standards Manual Update
    03/01/18

The final draft Standards Manual is here.  Throughout 2017 an ad hoc committee comprised of Liz Kintzing, Steve Sellers, Robbie Christian, Katie Shoultz, Christian McDonald, and Marc Slattery worked on the most substantive changes to the AAUS Standards Manual in a decade.  This group represented a broad cross section of the AAUS scientific diving community that provided their unique perspectives (and spirited discussions) to the rewrite process.  The goal was to consolidate material and standardize language, thereby streamlining the Manual and hopefully enhancing comprehension.  The changes were broadly “rolled out” at the annual meeting in Alpena MI for feedback from membership, and many valuable suggestions were incorporated into the draft Manual over the next four months.  Per AAUS Bylaws, the Board of Directors is releasing this current draft Manual to membership for a 60-day comment period.  On May 1st the ad hoc committee will finalize this copy of the new Standards Manual, and the AAUS BOD will vote on this document during the late Spring conference call.

The linked draft Standards Manual includes color-coded highlighted text to point out changes.  Specifically, text in green represent a change from the prior manual (often standardized language or minor word changes), whereas text in yellow indicate section headers/references that will be checked in the final document.  You can compare this version to the prior manual for more specific information relative to these changes.  As you read this document it is worth remembering that the AAUS Standards Manual represents minimal standards, each OM must meet these standards but they are welcome to exceed them relative to their own programmatic requirements. 

Please submit comments on the AAUS website form found along with a link to the draft at http://secure.aaus.org/standards_update

If you don’t have any specific comments, please indicate on the form that you have reviewed this document. We look forward to hearing from you, and to the completed update of our Standards Manual.   



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