AAUS Student Scholarship Applications Due

AAUS Student scholarship applications are due by June 30th.  For more information and application instructions, visit www.aausfoundation.org

Kevin Flanagan Travel Award

Apply now to recieve a travel award to attend the 2016 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium in Rhode Island in September 2016.

2016 Lee H. Somers Scientific Diving Intern

Allie Sifrit, University of Hawaii, has been awarded the 2016 Lee H. Somers Scientific diving internship.  The University of Georgia and UGA DSO Scott Noakes will host this year’s intern. 

Call for Abstracts

AAUS is now accepting abstract submissions for the 2016 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium.

2016 BOD Elections

Polls are now open for 2016 AAUS BOD elections.  Full voting members should login and vote today!

2015 AAUS Diving for Science Proceedings

AAUS members can now download the 2015 Diving for Science symposium proceedings.

AAUS Certification Program

It is time for your annual AAUS-ITI Instructor Renewal.  More information here.

Current E-Slate

Current E-Slate is available on the first of every month.  You can access older editions in the resource library under "publications".

Nautilus, Shearwater, Oceanic and Hollis Institutional Pricing

Nautilus, Shearwater, Oceanic and Hollis have gratiously extended their institutional pricing to all AAUS organizations.  Follow the link for more information and access to the price lists.


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MAST 2016 – Return to Mahukona
    06/06/16 - 06/17/16

The University of Hawai‘i Marine Option Program in partnership with
the NOAA Office of Marine Sanctuaries is holding a scuba-based 
field school for maritime archaeology June 6-June 17, 2016 in 
Kohala, Hawai‘i. Students will learn techniques in underwater 
archaeological surveying from instructors, Dr. Hans Van Tilburg and 
Mr. Donald Froning, Jr. Survey site is the Steamer Kauai, an early 
20th century steamship wreck and the associated mooring site at the 
old M%u0101hukona Landing on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast. 
To apply, by MARCH 28 email Jeff Kuwabara, UH M%u0101noa MOP 
Coordinator (manoamop@hawaii.edu) with the following 
Your name and MOP affiliation (which campus)
Contact information: cell phone, email, postal address
AAUS/UH scientific dive authorization depth rating or status
Short statement about your interest in this field school

Harvesting and Aquaculture Diving Safety workshop

This one-day workshop will promote understanding, education and safety within and concerning the worldwide harvesting and aquaculture diving community. Presentations will consider history, range of practice, operational guidance, accident patterns, clinical management, ongoing and emerging risks, and mitigation strategies.  The program will be offered as a pre-course on June 08, 2016 to open the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society annual scientific meeting (June 09-11) at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.  More information at https://www.uhms.org/annual-scientific-meeting/registration.html

Abstracts Due for 2016 AAUS Symposium

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2016 Presidential Addresses


Rick Riera-Gomez

University of Miami

It is an honor and a privilege to move into the President position of the AAUS Board of Directors (BoD) and I look forward to the next two years with great excitement. But first I have some thank yous to mention. I would like to say thank you to outgoing AAUS President Amy Moran for her steady leadership. Her calm demeanor and thoughtfulness was great to have on the BoD as we worked through some very difficult situations.  I would also like to thank outgoing BoD members Elliott Jessup and Lora Pride for their service to the Academy.  I wish you both a great 2016 in your “real” jobs.

Special thanks must go to longstanding outgoing BoD member Michael Dardeau who has served on the AAUS BoD for the past 12 years. Michael, thank you for your friendship, service and ability to bring an invaluable perspective to the BoD.

With the turnover on AAUS BoD I would like to welcome the following people for stepping onto the 2016 BoD – Marc Slattery, Mike Anghera, Chris Ledford and Vin Malkowski.  I look forward to working with you all.

As you may recall, in 2015 the AAUS BoD developed a strategic plan (SP). This SP started in 2014 with a large fact finding period that gathered information from many different groups including the organizational membership, individual membership and past AAUS Presidents. The BoD then worked through this information and identified the strengths and weaknesses of the Academy.  The SP puts forth a clear and ambitious path for 2016. During the next 12 months, the AAUS will move forward with initiatives in the SP that membership has identified as priorities.

Some Strategic Plan Highlights for 2016

One of the major initiatives that received overwhelming support from the membership is development and implementation of an accreditation program. We have been working on this program for a while and will be starting with a full accreditation process this spring. This will be a voluntary program and will have some associated costs. We will be sending out details over the next couple of months so please watch for announcements.

Another major initiative that received much support is the development of an AAUS DSO qualification program. We have also been working on this for a few years and it’s time to move it forward. This will also be a voluntary program with associated costs. More details about this will also be forthcoming in the next couple of months.

Some of the other actions identified in the strategic plan that we will be working on in 2016 are increasing communication links, improving collaborations between AAUS and its membership and other community stakeholders, and exploring alternative revenue streams for AAUS, just to name a few.

As you can see we have an ambitious 2016 ahead but I, and the 2016 Board of Directors, welcome the challenge.




Amy Moran

University of Hawaii 

December marks my final month as President of the AAUS, and it’s been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as president for the past two years and on the AAUS Board of Directors for five.  We’ve accomplished a great deal in the last five years, none of which would have been possible without the efforts and dedication of too many people to name. 

Donors:  thank you to for your financial support and donations, large and small, which allow the AAUS Foundation to continue providing support to promising young scientists, and thank you to the organizations, individuals, and institutions that have donated funding, space and resources that allow our meetings and Symposia to be so productive;

AAUS volunteers:  thank you to all the AAUS members who’ve contributed their time and expertise to planning, committee work, strategic planning, meeting support, etc. etc.!

I do need to mention a couple of people by name.  Mike Dardeau, who’s been on the Board longer than anyone I know of, is stepping down as of January 1.  Mike has served on the Board since 2004 and has been Treasurer since 2006, and for most of that time he’s been the main person keeping the AAUS solvent and functional.  We all owe Mike a huge debt of gratitude. 

Heather Fletcher, who started working with the Board right around the same time that I did, is the heart of the AAUS and I can’t thank her enough for everything she’s done. She’s wonderful to work with and I hope she’ll be with the organization for many years to come.

Finally, to all the Board members I’ve served with: Tim, Rick, Pema, Neal, Narineh, Mike, Michael, Marc, Lora, Liz, Kevin, Jim, Jenn, Jen, George, Elliott, Diana, Christian, Chris, Cheryl, Bill; thank you for making my time as president tremendously productive, and also a lot of fun.

The Academy is in great hands with incoming President Rick Gomez and President-Elect Marc Slattery, and I have full confidence in both of to move the goals of the AAUS forward in the next four years. 

 Best wishes to everyone for a great 2016!

AAUS 2016 Board of Directors

The AAUS Board of Directors undergoes changes in 2016 as four long-standing members step down and a new President-Elect, Secretary and two new directors join.  We would like to extend our thanks, gratitude, and appreciation to Amy Moran, Mike Dardeau, Elliott Jessup and Lora Pride for their many years of service and hard work.  You've been a great pleasure to work with and you will be missed!

We welcome Chris Ledford as our new Secretary and Marc Slattery as the President-Elect.  We also welcome two new Directors to the Board:  Mike Anghera and Vin Malkowski. Chris Rigaud will transfer from a director’s position to that of the Treasurer. We look forward to working with all of you in 2016 and beyond.

2nd European Conference on Scientific Diving, 9-11 May 2016 -Call for abstracts

This year the conference will be held in Sweden at The Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences-Kristineberg. This meeting highlights scientific outputs achieved principally through the use of scientific diving as a research tool.

Deadline for abstract submission 4th December 2015

Deadline for registration 31st January 2016

For more information please visit our home page: www.loven.gu.se/english/research/ecsd2016

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