The 47th Benthic Ecology Meeting will be held in Corpus Christi, TX from March 27th – March 30th, 2018. Please mark these dates in your calendars. The meeting will be starting a day earlier than normal to allow participants to travel home on Saturday for the Easter holidays. Event will be held at the Omni Hotel. Tuesday (March 27th) will include pre-meeting workshops and field trips, with the opening social that evening. The normal breakout presentations and posters will begin on the 27 March to Friday March 30th, concluding with the banquet that night. Abstract submissions will being in October 2017. See meeting link for updates. As an important addition to this year’s BEM there will be special sessions and workshops. We invite you to suggest and organize a special session or workshop. Please submit your suggestions to the meeting email (benthicecologymeeting@gmail.com) with the special session or special workshop in the subject line by early October 2017.

For future note, for the last few years it has become increasingly challenging for BEM hosts to find meeting venues with only 9-12 months notice (why the week before Easter was the only available option in SC and TX in the past 2 years). Therefore, if you are interested in hosting the BEM meeting in 2019, please contact us now, and we will help you get started. Please forward the BEM announcement to others who might want to attend. Hope to see you all in Corpus Christi in March!

-The BEM 2018 Organizing Committee, Drs. Lee Smee, Paul Montagna, Jennifer Pollack, and Ed Proffitt