November 24, 2015

Coastal Estuarine Research Federation Conference in Portland, Oregon

I had the privilege of attending the CERF Conference this year in Portland, Oregon. It was my first trip to Oregon, and visiting the Pacific Northwest was a really great experience. Before the Conference I had a few days to explore Portland including hiking in the Hoyt Arboretum, and visiting the Pittock Mansion. The Pittock […]

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November 17, 2015

Modern cave drawings and story-telling using PowerPoint

I made a presentation in the CERF 2015 session entitled “Successful Science Story-Telling for Coastal Resilience”. My presentation was titled “Telling new stories about resiliences of Chesapeake Bay, Mississippi River and the Great Barrier Reef”. My initial slide contrasted story-telling vs. logical-scientific, and referenced the research studies that have shown that story-telling increases comprehension, interest […]

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November 13, 2015

Developing a report card for the Florida Reef Tract

Jane Thomas, Caroline Donovan, and I visited Ft. Lauderdale, FL to facilitate a workshop for the development of the Pilot Report Card for the Florida Reef Tract with our partners from NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. The workshop and report card was a follow-up to the workshop for creation of the pilot report card for […]

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November 6, 2015

A look at the “Earth in Perspective” with Ricky Arnold

IAN hosted this year’s MEES Colloquium, offering students and faculty an opportunity to network and sharpen our science application and communication skills. The Colloquium sessions were previously described in more detail in the form of a poem blog post, written by Bill Dennison. NASA astronaut and MEES alumnus, Richard Arnold, served as our special guest […]

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November 3, 2015

MEES goes to Annapolis

This poem was written on the last day of the 2015 Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences (MEES) Colloquium held at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis, October 30-31, 2015, and hosted by the Integration and Application Network.   MEES goes to Annapolis William C. Dennison 31 October 2015 A gathering of scientists of the MEES brand […]

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October 30, 2015

The Mississippi River Watershed Report Card is released

On October 14, 2015, in St. Louis, Missouri, I unveiled the Report Card for the Mississippi River Watershed, a project that almost everyone on the IAN Science Communication team has worked on at some point since 2012. The event was on the roof top patio of at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in Downtown […]

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October 27, 2015

Get the grade – Worldwide WWF-IAN partnership launches in Stockholm

Our partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was officially launched at World Water Week this past August 2015. This new partnership aims to widen the audience and uptake of report cards as an environmental management tool for river basins around the world. I represented IAN-UMCES at the event which is held each year in […]

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October 22, 2015

Discussing ecological drought and climate change in Fairbanks, Alaska

In September, Simon Costanzo, Bill Dennison, and I had the opportunity to travel to Fairbanks, Alaska for a workshop focusing on the topic of ecological drought in the State of Alaska. The Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and their managing organization, the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center at the U.S. […]

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October 20, 2015

Lessons learned during the Long Island Sound report card process

Caroline Donovan and I were invited to speak at the joint meeting of the Long Island Sound’s Citizens Advisory (CAC) and Science and Technical Advisory Committees (STAC). After completing the Long Island Sound Report Card in June, they asked us to give some wrap up and next steps information for where the report card is […]

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October 15, 2015

Guaviare River Report Card Workshop

On September 21st, 2015, Simon Costanzo and I traveled to San Jose de Guaviare, Colombia for the Guaviare River Report Card Workshop. This was the third workshop in Colombia to develop report cards for three tributaries of the Orinoco River. Along with Simon, Sarah Freeman, Catherine Blancard, and Michele Thieme from the WWF office in […]

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