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.

Brett Dodson

Brett Dodson, DSO at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2018, after a two year battle with cancer.  Brett was an active member of both AAUS and ADPA and an innovator in the aquarium dive industry.

AAUS BOD Call for Nominations

AAUS is now accepting for consideration nominations of individual members to stand for a Director-at-large position.  Nominations are due March 30th.  More information in this month's Eslate.

2018 Conrad Limbaugh Nominations

Nominations are now open! Presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution in diving safety and diving leadership on behalf of the scientific diving community. Nominations close March 31st. 

2017 DSO Meeting Video

The video of the 2017 DSO meeting in Alpena, Michigan is now available. Members can access the 6-part video for viewing/downloading. Please contact the AAUS office for access.

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.  

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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AAUS BOD Nominations Due

AAUS BOD Call for Nominations

The 2018 AAUS Nominating Committee is now accepting for consideration nominations of individual members to stand for a Director-at-large position on the AAUS Board of Directors. Commencing on January 01, 2019 the elected Director-at-Large will serve one three-year term. An electronic poll will open on May 01 and close June 30, 2018.Qualified candidates must be full voting members in good standing with the AAUS. The nomination letter (not to exceed 300 words) is best focused on how a particular candidate can contribute to the Academy based on their

academic or diving safety contributions, or previous development or not-for-profit organizational governance

experience. Please submit your nomination letter, no later than March 30, 2018, to any one of the five AAUS Nominating Committee members:

·         Rick Riera-Gomez, Chair (rgomez@rsmas.miami.edu)

·         George Peterson (gpeterson@mbayaq.org)

·         Rob Robbins (Rob.Robbins.Contractor@usap.gov)

·         Lora Pride (Lora.Pride@ch2m.com)

·         Steven Sellers (steven_sellers@nps.gov)

Conrad Limbaugh Nominations Due


AAUS OM Statistics Due

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Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) at UCSC

The Raimondi-Carr Lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for two Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) internships for summer 2018 funded by the National Science Foundation.  Under the direction of Dr. Mark Carr, these positions will be involved in studies of the roles that sea otters, sea stars, and sea urchins play in regulating kelp forest ecosystems. Interns will be trained in using underwater sampling and experimental methods to test hypotheses concerning predator/prey dynamics of otters,stars, and urchins. Candidates are required to be AAUS certified scientific divers with experience working in the cold-water environment of central California and possess suitable personal dive gear for these conditions.  Candidates will preferably have experience with underwater survey techniques and the identification of invertebrate and algal species in the region. Working conditions require frequent long days and strenuous conditions, and require performing well both independently and as part of a team. Internships will last 11 weeks (approximately June 18 - Aug 31 depending on individual schedule). Students will be paid a stipend of $5500 and a monthly allowance of $360 per week for food and housing.
If you are interested in one of these positions, please fill out this application  no later than Friday, April 14. If you wish, you may also e-mail me (dmalone@ucsc.edu) with a brief explanation of your interest in the position and contact info for 2-3 references.

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.

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

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