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December 30, 2014

Drawing sketches and creating conceptual diagrams to communicate science

Often the focus on science communication is the data visualization or the words or phrases chosen about a topic. But another important aspect of communicating science, both informally and formally is the use of hand drawn sketches. These sketches can be very simple black and white lines to complex color drawings. These sketches can be […]

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December 25, 2014

How Big Chicken Stole Chesapeake Bay

ADDENDUM This blog was posted three weeks ago on Christmas Day, and since that time I have received extreme praise as well as extreme condemnation. I was striving for neither of these reactions. For those people who felt that this parody was in poor taste or felt that it was an affront to them, I […]

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December 23, 2014

Salt marshes and Superfund sites – a trip to coastal Georgia

Alex Fries and I traveled to Brunswick, Georgia to facilitate a workshop on a coastal Georgia report card for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Resources Division. Where is Brunswick, Georgia, you ask? Brunswick is approximately 1 hour north of Jacksonville, FL off the I-95 corridor.                 […]

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December 18, 2014

A visit to the New York Aquarium: Seeing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

As part of our collaborative Harbor School project with the Billion Oyster Project–Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) team, I visited the New York Aquarium in December 2014, two years following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The Aquarium is run by the Wildlife Conservation Society who also run four New York City zoos (Bronx Zoo, […]

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December 16, 2014

Within Our Reach provides insights into engaging communities and restoration of the Willamette River

Tracey Saxby and I were in Corvallis, Oregon this week for the “Within Our Reach” conference on Willamette River restoration. The conference is supported by the Myer Memorial Trust (MMT) and is the brainchild of Pam Wiley, the Willamette River Initiative Director for MMT. IAN has been working with MMT for several years now, beginning with […]

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December 11, 2014

Traveling around Barcelona, Spain during the One Planet One Ocean conference

As part of the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean‘, I had the opportunity to travel around Barcelona. This was my first trip to Catalonia and Barcelona and I found it to be a fascinating city with amazing things to see, eat and drink. I will highlight some of the features […]

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December 9, 2014

Ocean research perspectives gleaned from ‘One Planet One Ocean’ conference in Barcelona, Spain – Part 2

This is a continuation of my blog on the several themes that emerged at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference, entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean’. Oceanic plastics. The realization that 28 million pieces of plastic enter the ocean every day was staggering. This includes macro plastics that accumulate in oceanic gyres, and tragically in the bellies of sea […]

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December 4, 2014

Ocean research perspectives gleaned from ‘One Planet One Ocean’ conference in Barcelona, Spain – Part 1

There were several themes that emerged at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference, entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean’. The status and future of oceanic fisheries were a major theme, both with plenary speakers and in panel discussions. Another theme was the emerging threat of plastics in the ocean, both the macroplastics that form floating ‘garbage […]

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December 2, 2014

How is your ecosystem doing? Advances in the use and understanding of ecosystem indicators workshop

As part of the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Lynne Shannon (University of Cape Town) and I organized a pre-conference workshop on ecosystem indicators. This workshop proved to be a valuable opportunity to explore the development and use of ecosystem indicators. The workshop summary is as follows: How is your ecosystem doing? […]

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