February 25, 2015

Population and Environment Case Studies: Local Approaches to a Global Challenge

Chih-Hsien (Michelle) Lin, Detbra Rosales, Melanie Jackson It is apparent that we now live in a new epoch, the Anthropocene (IGBP, 2001), in which Earth’s environment and climate is mainly controlled by human activity. Environmental damage is accelerating on a global scale. As the world’s population increases, improving standards of living without destroying or degrading […]

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February 23, 2015

Kick-starting Collective Impact in Five Easy Report Card Steps

This is the first of two posts about the application of report cards to enable a collective impact process. The collective impact model facilitates positive change Collective Impact is a term used to refer to collaborative projects that create “needle-moving” changes to complex and intransigent problems. I ran across the term for the first time […]

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February 20, 2015

Reginald Truitt: The origin of Chesapeake Bay science in support of management

Celebrating 90 years of UMCES series This year is the ninetieth celebration of the formation of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) in 1925. The origin of UMCES can be traced back to an amazing Marylander, Reginald Truitt, who founded the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. Michael Fincham recently wrote a nice piece about […]

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February 18, 2015

Achieving Sustainability at the Nexus of Science, Advocacy, and Policy

Emily Russ, Aimee Hoover, Whitney Hoot Nearly 500 years ago, Nicholas Copernicus determined the Earth revolved around the sun. Scientists and philosophers hotly contested this radical idea in the sixteenth century, but further research eventually confirmed Copernicus’ observations. This globally accepted understanding, or paradigm, that the sun is the center of our solar system was […]

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February 16, 2015

Talking about moose and climate change in snowy Massachusetts

Brianne Walsh and I traveled to Westborough, Massachusetts for a scientific synthesis workshop on climate change and moose in the North Woods of Northeastern U.S. The workshop was located at an amazing new facility which serves as the field headquarters for MassWildlife (Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife). This building was opened last autumn and […]

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February 12, 2015

Environmental Literacy for the tropical Northern Territory, Australia

As part of our ongoing project with Charles Darwin University to synthesize the research on the flood plains of Kakadu National Park, we review the fundamentals of the environment and characteristics of the region, specifically the coastal tropical areas in the northern part of the territory. The Northern Territory is the third largest state or […]

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February 10, 2015

Ecosystem Based Management: The challenge of change

Martina Gonzalez Mateu, Adrianne Michaelis, Suzi Spitzer Increasing knowledge about ecosystem dynamics over the past several decades has allowed us to make positive changes in our approach to resource management. In the past, management goals primarily focused on protecting single species, and tried to restore ecosystems to historical states that were considered desirable. This management […]

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February 4, 2015

Does rising sea level signal the end for LUMCON, or a beginning?

On December 10, I traveled to Cocodrie, Louisiana, to visit Dr. Nancy Rabalais. Nancy is the Director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), and she has done more than anyone else to draw attention to hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. Nutrients in runoff from the Mississippi watershed trigger low-oxygen conditions in the shallow […]

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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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