AAUS Director-at-Large Election

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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 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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Nautilus Live-Aboard Special AAUS Offer

Nautilus has a full boat opening on our August 17th-22nd 2018 trip and is offering the trip at half-price to any AAUS member plus one guest. 

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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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SPOTLIGHT

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

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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

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.

Heritage Awareness Diving Seminars (HADS)
    06/14/18 - 06/16/18

Heritage Awareness Diving Seminars (HADS)

Two HADS workshops are planned for June 2018. The first will be in Key West in partnership with the Key West Art and Historical Society on June 14-16, and the second will be in Islamorada in partnership with the History of Diving Museum on June 18-20. HADS is intended to explain the advantages of conserving shipwrecks and other submerged cultural resources, not only to preserve information about the past, but also to preserve the vibrant ecosystems that grow around historic shipwrecks. HADS focuses on providing SCUBA dive leaders with a greater knowledge of how to proactively protect shipwrecks, artificial reefs, and other underwater cultural sites as part of the marine environment.

 Each HADS consists of two evenings of classroom instruction and one day of open water diving on two historic shipwrecks. Participants will receive the HADS workbook and a USB with all PowerPoint presentations to use in their own classes. Upon completion of HADS, participants can also submit paperwork to teach the Heritage Awareness Diving Specialty Course through SDI, PADI, or NAUI. HADS is taught by the Florida Public Archaeology Network (a program of the University of West Florida) in coordination with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. For more information, those interested can contact Nicole Grinnan at ngrinnan@uwf.edu or visit FPAN.us/HADS.

 

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/

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Nautilus Live-Aboard Special AAUS Offer
    04/30/18


Due to a large group cancellation, Nautilus has a full boat opening on our August 17th-22nd 2018 trip and we are excited to offer the trip at half-price to any AAUS member plus one guest. This trip will be led by Mike Anghera onboard our flagship, the custom-built dive liveaboard, the Nautilus Explorer. Nautilus leads the way in liveaboard diving as well as ongoing support for marine science and conservation, and we are very excited to welcome you aboard! Experience Great White shark diving at Guadalupe Island. Over 241 Great Whites (and counting) have been identified at Guadalupe as part of the Marine CSI project, and the visibility is usually between 100-125ft. We generally see Great Whites on three out of four dives, and we have seen as many as 12 Great Whites around the boat on just one dive! Contact info@nautilusliveaboards.comor call 1-604-241-1918 to book your spot.  Informational flyer is attached.

Women Divers Hall of Fame Inducts 2018 Class
    04/30/18

The Women Divers Hall of Fame proudly inducted their 2018 new members at the Beneath the Sea Awards Banquet in Secaucus, New Jersey on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

This year’s outstanding inductees include: Diana Hollingshead, Eugene, Oregon, USA – Instructor, Scientific Diver, Marine Biologist; Nathalie Lasselin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada – Explorer, Filmmaker, Speaker; Sharon Kwok Pong, Hong Kong, China – Marine Conservationist, Wildlife Protection Activist, Environmental Advocate; Erin Quigley, Los Angeles, California, USA – Photographer, Educator, Speaker; Patty Seery, Durham, North Carolina, USA – Educator, Women’s Advocate, Facilitator; and Patricia Wuest, Maitland, Florida, USA – Dive Magazine Journalist, Scuba Gear Tester, Ocean Conservationist.

"This eagerly anticipated celebration of women divers from around the world is a special opportunity to honor women who have made a contribution in many different segments of the diving industry,” points out WDHOF Board Member Bonnie Toth. “We look forward every year to the induction ceremony and all of the opportunities to get together with so many of our sea sisters.”

For a list of current members, biographies, nomination requirements and deadlines visit www.WDHOF.org.

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.



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