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February 28, 2011

Lunch with Mayor Allan Sutherland in Redcliffe

The mayor of Moreton Bay Regional Council, Councillor Allan Sutherland, invited me and Eva Abal, the scientific coordinator for several Brisbane based organizations, Healthy Waterways, International Water Centre, Great Barrier Reef Foundation (and my first PhD student) for lunch in Redcliffe. Allan was Deputy Mayor of Redcliffe City Council when I first met him. Redcliffe […]

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February 25, 2011

Two Guys and a Tinny: Conducting estuarine assessments

I had the opportunity to catch up with Steven Walker, the Executive Dean of the newly formed Faculty of Science at the University of Queensland. Years ago, Steven and I worked on an interesting project which was to assess the health of the 1000+ Australian estuaries as part of the National Land and Water Resources […]

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February 23, 2011

Societal learning moments: The importance of timely, synthetic science communication

The 2011 floods in Queensland provide a societal learning moment. The intense media attention and the personal experiences that touched so many people have made a broad swath of society receptive to learning more about flooding and flood impacts. The key from the science communication perspective is to generate timely and synthetic products that are […]

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February 19, 2011

More Randy Alberte memories

Just as Randy Alberte served to get the Alberte laboratory together in Chicago, his recent death has provided the impetus to get us together via the emails that we have exchanged recently. I think that he would have appreciated these enduring connections. A major factor in my decision to come to The University of Chicago […]

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February 16, 2011

Moreton Bay seagrasses after the flood

Queensland Parks and Wildlife rangers conduct regular surveys of seagrasses and Lyngbya majuscula (a cyanobacterium that has been blooming in Moreton Bay for over a decade). I was able to tag along for a look at the Bay and the benthic communities of the Eastern Banks. The Eastern Banks of Moreton Bay are very special–they […]

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February 14, 2011

Queenslander!: The rallying cry for flood recovery

The Queensland floods touched something deep within the Queensland residents. The term ‘Queenslander’ has been used as a rallying cry for the State of Origin rugby league football team from Queensland since 1995 when Billy Moore called for team unity and spirit when they were underdogs against their arch rivals from New South Wales. Famously, […]

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February 11, 2011

Global Summit on Coastal Seas Conference

The Integration and Application Network and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science would like to make you aware of the upcoming Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS) conference entitled “Global Summit on Coastal Seas”. The abstract deadline is 25 February. The conference goal is to improve our ability to manage coasts in […]

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February 7, 2011

Queensland floods; 2011

We arrived in Brisbane on January 9, 2011 and were surprised at the green and lush vegetation. It was raining and our friends informed us that it had been raining for weeks, and that the dam was at 120% capacity, compared with the 13% capacity on one of our previous visits. We spent a day […]

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February 5, 2011

Discussion following Bob Hirsch seminar on Are we making progress? Interpreting the nutrient flux records for the major rivers flowing to the Chesapeake Bay

This blog post discusses the seminar given by Bob Hirsch of the US Geological Survey (USGS), at the IAN Seminar Series on November 23, 2010. The analytical method used by Bob Hirsch was clarified. Bob explained that he used nutrient concentrations that were estimated daily every day over a 31 year period, and these concentrations […]

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February 1, 2011

Sabbatical in Queensland

The word ‘sabbatical’ stems from the concept of the number seven, and it has been co-opted by academia to refer to a break that faculty take from their regular duties at roughly seven year intervals. In Australia, the term used is ‘study leave’, which is more descriptive and distinguishes it from long service leave or […]

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