August 23, 2016

Future Earth’s Coasts

I had the great opportunity to represent IAN and UMCES as the institutional representative to the Future Earth’s Coasts Scientific Steering Committee meeting in Taipei, Taiwan last week. Hosted by JC Lin at the National Taiwan University, the meeting brought together 15 representatives from all over the world to discuss the scientific direction of the […]

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August 11, 2016

Rachel Carson versus the Zombie Horde

Does Rachel Carson still have something to teach us about communicating science to the public? Silent Spring, Carson’s 1962 best-seller on the environmental perils of herbicides and pesticides, launched the movement that created the Environmental Protection Agency. But, the communications field has changed a lot in the last 50 years. The era of television came […]

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August 2, 2016

Pursuing happiness (and data integration) in Pennsylvania: the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative Retreat

On June 28th and 29th, members of the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative met at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to move forward several aspects of the project. The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative is comprised of four groups with the goal of bringing together non-traditional and volunteer monitoring data throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and integrating the data […]

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July 26, 2016

IAN’s first report card in South America: the Orinoco River Basin

This blog is part of the Basin Report Card Initiative: a partnership between the World Wide Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) The Orinoco River Basin report card was released on July 6th, 2016 in Bogota, Colombia. This is the first report card in South America, and the first […]

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July 21, 2016

Cruzando e conhecendo a Baía: as expedições ao Rio, Niterói e à Guanabara

“Across and through the Bay: Rio, Niteroi, and Guanabara expeditions” (Portuguese translation by João Paulo Coimbra) Em 20 de Junho de 2016, Bill Dennison and Dave Nemazie, e eu viajamos para o Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, para a segunda seção do workshop com as partes interessadas para desenvolver o Boletim de Saúde Ambiental (Report Card) […]

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July 12, 2016

Fatos importantes sobre a Baía de Guanabara

“Environmental Literacy for Guanabara Bay, Brazil” (Portuguese translation by João Paulo Coimbra) Série ‘Aprendizado Ambiental’ (Environmental Literacy Series) A Baía de Guanabaraé uma formação costeira tropical (22°S) com uma abertura restrita e que forma um porto natural no sudeste do Brasil com clima de monções. A bacia hidrográfica no entorno da Baía de Guanabara é […]

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July 8, 2016

Across and through the Bay: Rio, Niteroi, and Guanabara expeditions

On June 20th 2016, Bill Dennison, Dave Nemazie, and I traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the next stakeholder workshop to develop the Guanabara Bay Report Card. We convened the workshop on June 23rd in neighboring Niteroi, a city across the Bay from Rio de Janeiro. There were some of the same participants as […]

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July 6, 2016

Annual retreat fuels new thinking and cross-pollination of ideas

What is the definition of retreat? We all immediately think of military retreats in battle. But, there are two other definitions of retreat that relate to our annual work retreat: a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax – this is what most people intend when they go on a retreat […]

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June 28, 2016

A pleasant day of Oysters and STEM learning

On Friday, June 10th, Judy O’Neil and I participated in the second annual Billion Oyster Projects Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (BOP CCERS) – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education (STAM) Research Symposium on Governors Island. This event was similar to the inaugural event of June 2015, however this year included the new […]

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June 24, 2016

Environmental Literacy for Guanabara Bay, Brazil

‘Environmental Literacy’ series Guanabara Bay is a tropical (22°S) embayment with a restricted opening which forms a natural harbor in Southeast Brazil with a monsoonal/savanna climate. The watershed around Guanabara Bay is an internationally iconic location, including metropolitan areas like Rio de Janeiro, Niteroi and Sao Goncalo, beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema, and sights like […]

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