January 29, 2015

USAUS-H2O Annapolis-Washington D.C. workshop

As the final element of launching Phase 2 of the USAUS-H2O virtual environmental exchange program between eight high schools in Australia and eight high schools in the U.S., we held a teacher workshop for U.S. teachers in Annapolis and Washington, D.C. Judy O’Neil is the lead investigator of this project, assisted by Cindy Heil from […]

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January 27, 2015

Following Alexander Bache’s Dream and His Example

“Scientists who made a difference” series Earlier this month, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey and I attended a meeting at the headquarters of The Nature Conservancy in Arlington, Virginia, which is located just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. We were there to discuss what will happen next after the Mississippi watershed report card is […]

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January 22, 2015

Launching the Chesapeake Bay Story website: Telling fact-based stories about Chesapeake Bay health

In a partnership with the Maryland state government, the Integration and Application Network developed a new website to tell fact-based stories about the health of Chesapeake Bay. This website (chesapeakebaystory.umces.edu) uses water quality, fisheries and habitat data, various maps and graphs, and scientific publications to inform a narrative version of the historical trends of Chesapeake […]

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January 20, 2015

Growth and the future of Chesapeake Bay conference at Hood College

I attended a two-day workshop on January 13-14 held at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. It was organized by Tom Horton and Karl Blankenship and sponsored by Town Creek Foundation and the Bay Journal. Roughly 150 people gathered for these two days to talk about an issue that we generally do not talk about regarding […]

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January 15, 2015

Creating reporting boundaries for the Long Island Sound environmental report card

One of the important decisions in developing environmental report cards is choosing the reporting region boundaries. In addition to defining the overall extent of the report card coverage, defining the reporting regions within this coverage is crucial. Since one of the central tenets of environmental report cards produced by the Integration and Application Network is […]

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January 13, 2015

“Seagrasses of the World” revisited: “A Guide to Southern Temperate Seagrasses” published

Seagrass science was largely influenced by the seminal book “Seagrass of the World“, written by Cornelis den Hartog in 1970. Professor den Hartog is a spritely Dutch botanist, now in his 80s, who also was the founding editor of the journal Aquatic Botany in 1975. This 270 pp. book was published by North-Holland Publishing Co. […]

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January 8, 2015

Exploring New York Harbor: Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge

As part of our involvement in the Billion Oyster Project, I am learning about New York Harbor. I read “The Great Bridge: The epic story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge” by David McCollough. It was a wonderful read, providing historical context and delving into the fascinating story of the three Roeblings who were […]

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January 6, 2015

Threats to traditional resources in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory Australia

In the spring of 2014, IAN and Charles Darwin University in Australia’s Northern Territory signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that allows us to exchange staff for extended periods. The goal is to increase our shared capacity for synthesis and communication of river and coastal management science. To begin flexing the cooperative spirit of the […]

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January 1, 2015

2015 promises to be an exciting year for Chesapeake Bay

There are many changes ahead in 2015, including new leadership in academia, government and science, management strategies for the 2014 Chesapeake Watershed Agreement, a major Conowingo research effort, and new staffing at the Chesapeake Bay Program. Academic leadership. The Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, Brit Kirwin, is retiring after his distinguished tenure and […]

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December 30, 2014

Drawing sketches and creating conceptual diagrams to communicate science

Often the focus on science communication is the data visualization or the words or phrases chosen about a topic. But another important aspect of communicating science, both informally and formally is the use of hand drawn sketches. These sketches can be very simple black and white lines to complex color drawings. These sketches can be […]

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