December 18, 2014

A visit to the New York Aquarium: Seeing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

As part of our collaborative Harbor School project with the Billion Oyster Project–Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) team, I visited the New York Aquarium in December 2014, two years following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The Aquarium is run by the Wildlife Conservation Society who also run four New York City zoos (Bronx Zoo, […]

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December 16, 2014

Within Our Reach provides insights into engaging communities and restoration of the Willamette River

Tracey Saxby and I were in Corvallis, Oregon this week for the “Within Our Reach” conference on Willamette River restoration. The conference is supported by the Myer Memorial Trust (MMT) and is the brainchild of Pam Wiley, the Willamette River Initiative Director for MMT. IAN has been working with MMT for several years now, beginning with […]

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December 11, 2014

Traveling around Barcelona, Spain during the One Planet One Ocean conference

As part of the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean‘, I had the opportunity to travel around Barcelona. This was my first trip to Catalonia and Barcelona and I found it to be a fascinating city with amazing things to see, eat and drink. I will highlight some of the features […]

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December 9, 2014

Ocean research perspectives gleaned from ‘One Planet One Ocean’ conference in Barcelona, Spain – Part 2

This is a continuation of my blog on the several themes that emerged at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference, entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean’. Oceanic plastics. The realization that 28 million pieces of plastic enter the ocean every day was staggering. This includes macro plastics that accumulate in oceanic gyres, and tragically in the bellies of sea […]

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December 4, 2014

Ocean research perspectives gleaned from ‘One Planet One Ocean’ conference in Barcelona, Spain – Part 1

There were several themes that emerged at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference, entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean’. The status and future of oceanic fisheries were a major theme, both with plenary speakers and in panel discussions. Another theme was the emerging threat of plastics in the ocean, both the macroplastics that form floating ‘garbage […]

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December 2, 2014

How is your ecosystem doing? Advances in the use and understanding of ecosystem indicators workshop

As part of the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Lynne Shannon (University of Cape Town) and I organized a pre-conference workshop on ecosystem indicators. This workshop proved to be a valuable opportunity to explore the development and use of ecosystem indicators. The workshop summary is as follows: How is your ecosystem doing? […]

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November 25, 2014

One Planet One Ocean conference in Barcelona, Spain

I attended the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean’ in Barcelona, Spain 16-21 Nov 2014. I was a co-organizer for a workshop ‘How is your ecosystem doing? Advances in the use and understanding of ecosystem indicators’ and presented an invited talk, ‘Science communication strategies and environmental report cards for effective coastal […]

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November 20, 2014

State of the South Atlantic Ecosystems kickoff workshop

Jane Hawkey, Caroline Donovan, and I had a fantastic visit to Raleigh, NC, where we are working with the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) develop a State of the South Atlantic Ecosystems Assessment. Over the last two years or so, the SALCC has been developing a set of indicators that reflect on conservation priorities […]

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November 18, 2014

Growing minds through growing oysters

In late October 2014, I travelled to New York City to represent IAN at the media launch of a new National Science Foundation (NSF) project based in New York Harbor and led by PACE University. It’s a pretty big deal to receive major funding from the NSF and this is the first NSF project that […]

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November 13, 2014

Teams compete to design a sustainable Louisiana Coast

Three teams of coastal scientists, engineers, and planners are going head-to-head to see who can come up with the best ideas for creating a self-sustaining coast for Louisiana. That’s the challenge posed by the Changing Course competition. Selection of these teams this summer completed a year-long process [pdf] that started with screening applications from over […]

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