July 23, 2015

The Meta River Report Card Workshop – The Orinoco River Basin, Colombia

On June 29th, 2015, Simon Costanzo and I traveled from Bogota, Colombia to Puerto Lopez, Colombia for the Meta River Report Card Workshop. The workshop spanned from June 30th-July 2nd, and was the first of three workshops that will occur in Colombia, to develop report cards for three tributaries of the Orinoco River. Along with […]

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July 21, 2015

Laguna de Bay, Philippines: Environmental Literacy

‘Environmental literacy‘ series As part of the Integration and Application Network’s collaboration with the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia Resource Facility (PRF) and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) in the development of an Ecosystem Health Report Card for Laguna de Bay, the seven environmental literacy for Laguna de Bay […]

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July 16, 2015

Development of an Ecosystem Health Report Card for Laguna de Bay, Philippines

This summer, I was given the great opportunity to be involved in the development of the first IAN report card in my home country. Last June 1-3 2015, Dave Nemazie and Simon Costanzo joined me in the Philippines to help facilitate the Second Workshop on the Development of Ecosystem Health Report Card for Laguna de […]

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July 14, 2015

Diving into NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program

Even before Charles Darwin wrote about coral reef atolls in his 1842 “The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs,” humans have been fascinated by coral reefs. Corals and coral reefs are connected to the spiritual rituals of indigenous populations. They also provide food, shelter, and support livelihoods (through fishing and ecotourism) of many people around […]

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July 9, 2015

Learning to Operate the Mississippi River

Re-engineering the Mississippi River presents political as well as technical challenges. Advances in technology since the beginning of the industrial revolution have transformed both transportation along the Mississippi River and the river itself. The invention of the paddlewheel steamboat in the early 1800s offered a radical advance over previous, more primitive modes of river transportation. […]

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July 7, 2015

New York Harbor NSF STEM Project Design Week, Part 2

On Friday, June 19th, Judy O’Neil, Suzi Spitzer and I had our final exciting stop on a three-day trip to New York City that so far had been lively, productive, and engaging.  This was the day of the inaugural BOP STEM Symposium out at Governors Island, what was to be a massive gathering of middle […]

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July 2, 2015

New York Harbor NSF STEM Project Design Week, Part 1

On June 17th and 18th, Judy O’Neil, Simon Costanzo, Suzi Spitzer and I traveled north to New York City to attend a series of meetings and events leading up to the inaugural Billion Oyster Project Symposium. This very productive trip will be split into two blog posts, one for the first two days of events, […]

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June 30, 2015

Crocodile report cards

I had the unique opportunity to discuss report cards with a couple of global crocodile experts based in Darwin. Grahame Webb and Charlie Manolis are active in crocodile management and conservation globally, and operate Crocodylus Park in Darwin, a crocodile farm and research facility. Grahame is chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature […]

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June 25, 2015

IAN in Cambodia

Wow, my travel adventures through our new partnership with WWF continue in 2015 with a trip to Cambodia in south-east Asia. My trip began with a 14-hour direct flight from Washington D.C. to Seoul, South Korea. We flew right over the arctic, so I was thrilled to see BIG icebergs out the window. I noted […]

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June 23, 2015

Long Island Sound Report Card in context

On June 8, 2015 the Integration & Application Network and its many partners held two simultaneous press conferences to announce the inaugural Long Island Sound report card. I traveled to Glen Cove with Alex Fries while Caroline Donovan and Suzi Spitzer were in Westport, Connecticut. Suzi and Alex previously posted blogs about these press conferences. Both report […]

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