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June 27, 2013

Top ten quotes that influenced my career

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead (1901-1978) This Margaret Mead quote is my favorite quote associated with building a team of competent people working on environmental issues. The quote is very empowering, as it reminds us that […]

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June 25, 2013

Coastal Louisiana issues discussed at public meeting in St. Bernard Parish

On 17 June 2013, I traveled to The Water Institute of the Gulf (TWIG) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to discuss the development of a Coastal Louisiana report card. The discussion centers around developing indicators of sustainable landscapes and resilient communities for coastal Louisiana. We established a strategy of providing annual coastal updates and biennial report […]

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June 20, 2013

Seven natural wonders of the world

The original “seven wonders of the world” were manmade structures, often in iconic settings. The impact of seeing these manmade creations was what made them the wonders. Similarly, the seven natural wonders of the world are focused on the iconic settings that impact those viewing them. These natural wonders are both physical and biological, united […]

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June 18, 2013

Scaling Up: Future of Environmental Decisions workshop

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) organized two simultaneous workshops for a) senior undergraduate and beginning graduate students in ecology and b) early career academic ecologists for a one-week training workshop during the week of 2-7 June 2013. The workshops were based at the Maritime Institute in Baltimore, Maryland and the National Science Foundation provided […]

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June 13, 2013

Singing the Chesapeake Bay Blues

As part of the Scaling Up: Future of Environmental Decisions workshop (2-7 June 2013), I wrote “Singing the Chesapeake Bay Blues”. Apologies to my colleague Howard Ernst, who wrote an excellent book “Chesapeake Bay Blues“, for adopting his book title into the song. This workshop was sponsored by the Ecological Society of America, with National […]

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June 11, 2013

Discussing jellyfish with scientific colleagues and Diane Rehm

On 4 June 2013, I joined a panel on the National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show at the WAMU studio in Washington, D.C. to talk about jellyfish. Diane had Lisa-Ann Gershwin, a jellyfish taxonomist who wrote the book “Stung: On jellyfish blooms and the future of the oceans” on the show. Jack Cover, general curator […]

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June 6, 2013

Are we having a Rachel Carson spring?

This spring brings hopeful signs of an environmental awakening. I woke up this morning thinking about Rachel Carson. I wasn’t thinking about the author, exactly. It was more to do with the period of the early 1960s when Rachel Carson made a difference – a period of growing environmental consciousness as a prelude to taking […]

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June 4, 2013

Farming and Chesapeake Bay: Initiating a dialog with the Vansville Farmers Club

The Vansville Farmers Club was formed in 1884 as a successor to the Maryland Agricultural Society at the home of James D. Cassard. Club members meet at each other’s farms on a monthly basis, tour the facilities and share practices with each other. The Vansville Farmers Club created the first Farmers’ Institute that developed into […]

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