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April 30, 2014

Peter Oliver sings ‘The Water Waltz’

I visited the late Peter Oliver (1957-2012) following his retirement lecture in Brisbane, Australia in August 2012. I stayed with Peter and his wife Ann in their home in Maleny and when Peter was feeling well enough, we would work together on our book ‘Dancing with Dugongs: Having fun and developing a practical environmental philosophy […]

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April 29, 2014

Johannes Kepler: an astronomer

‘Scientists who made a difference‘ series Johannes Kepler was a German Lutheran astronomer who created laws for planetary motion, developed an important improvements for telescopes, and laid the foundations for Newtonian physics. Kepler was born near Stuttgart, Germany in 1571. Johannes and his two older brothers and sister were raised by their mother, as their […]

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April 24, 2014

Lower Mississippi River: Environmental Literacy

‘Environmental literacy’ series The seven environmental literacy principles for the Lower Mississippi River are the following: The Lower Mississippi River is undammed from St. Louis to its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico. The considerable commerce through the Lower Mississippi River includes oceanic transport up to Baton Rouge and barge transport throughout the remainder. Flooding […]

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April 22, 2014

A new version of the song ‘Memphis Tennessee’ released

Since Memphis, Tennessee is the blues music capital of the world, just upriver from the jazz music capital in New Orleans and a short distance from Nashville, TN, the country music capital, it seemed appropriate to capture our lower Mississippi River workshop in the form of a blues song. Memphis is where Sam Phillips at […]

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April 17, 2014

The Los Angeles River: Geography, vistas and restoration

Part 3. Restoration projects, organizations and impressions This is Part 3 of a three part blog series on the Los Angeles River, based on a reconnaissance of the Los Angeles River conducted by Bill Dennison and Simon Costanzo from IAN, organized by the Council for Watershed Health on 1-2 April 2014. This blog focuses on […]

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April 15, 2014

The Los Angeles River: Geography, vistas and restoration

Part 2. Viewing river features from different vantage points This is Part 2 of a three part blog series on the Los Angeles River, based on a reconnaissance of the Los Angeles River conducted by Bill Dennison and Simon Costanzo from IAN, organized by the Council for Watershed Health on 1-2 April 2014. This blog […]

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April 10, 2014

The Los Angeles River: Geography, vistas and restoration

Part 1. Geography, hydrology (and floods), and water cycle This is Part 1 of a three part blog series on the Los Angeles River, based on a reconnaissance of the Los Angeles River conducted by Bill Dennison and Simon Costanzo from IAN, organized by the Council for Watershed Health on 1-2 April 2014. This blog […]

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April 8, 2014

Developing a Mississippi River report card: Lower Mississippi workshop in Memphis

Once again, a contingent from IAN (Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Wicks, Brianne Walsh and me) gathered along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River to meet with a diverse stakeholder group to discuss the issues associated with the Mississippi River. In this case, we learned about the issues associated with the lower Mississippi River, […]

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April 3, 2014

Atlantic Estuarine Research Society conference in Ocean City, Maryland

On March 28-29, 150 scientists gathered in Ocean City for a day and a half of talks, posters, eating and drinking, ice skating and swimming (indoors). The Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) is the original group of estuarine scientists, formed in 1949, which has been replicated first nationally and increasingly globally which has evolved into […]

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April 1, 2014

The Ohio River’s Split Personality

Report card goals relate to benefits provided by coexisting natural ecosystems and human-built infrastructure. The problem is that the Ohio River is a working river. That thought occurred to me as I watched the barges glide past the window during the Ohio River report card workshop last December. A team of IAN science communicators spent […]

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