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March 30, 2015

Brainstorming in the Innovation Room with World Wildlife Fund

This blog is part of the Basin Report Card Initiative: a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Simon Costanzo, Alex Fries and I travelled into Washington D.C. for a brainstorming session with colleagues at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The brainstorming took place in a cozy room […]

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March 27, 2015

Reef Resilience in Townsville

This is part three of a three part series of blog posts about developing a reef resilience index for the Great Barrier Reef at a workshop in Townsville in March 2015   Reef Resilience in Townsville William C. Dennison Talking with reef managers at Reef HQ1 Developing Resilience Based Management perspectives Generating a reef health […]

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March 25, 2015

How the past influences the future: Understanding the maturity gradient in environmental science and management

Whitney Hoot, Adrianne Michaelis, Martina Gonzalez Mateur Coastal and marine management systems vary along gradients; this semester, we’ve discussed gradients of size (in terms of physical area) and human population. Less obvious is the maturity gradient – how recent is the environmental management and the science informing the management of an ecosystem? How does this […]

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March 23, 2015

Developing an Index of Resilience to Climate Change Impacts to the Great Barrier Reef – Workshop 3, Townsville, Australia.

This is part two of a three part series of blog posts about developing a reef resilience index for the Great Barrier Reef at a workshop in Townsville in March 2015 The Great Barrier Reef Resilience Index As part of a joint project of UMCES and Charles Darwin University, Jane Thomas, Bill Dennison and I […]

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March 19, 2015

Resilience based management of the Great Barrier Reef

This is part one of a three-part series of blog posts about developing a reef resilience index for the Great Barrier Reef at a workshop in Townsville in March 2015. ‘Resilience Based Management’ was one of the concepts that arose during our workshop with resource managers at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in […]

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March 17, 2015

How many scientists does it take to make a good story? Learning the art of communicating science

Aimee Hoover, Cara Schweitzer, Suzi Spitzer The words ‘science’ and ‘communication’ are too often disjointed in the eyes of academic scientists. Science involves building and organizing knowledge through testable explanations and predictions, while communication describes the exchange of information and meaning across time and space using various means. Scientists are often guilty of providing subpar […]

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March 13, 2015

Scientists underwater: Reginald Truitt, Gilbert Klingle, the Bentharium and the Aquascope

Celebrating 90 years of UMCES series As I was looking through the newspaper clippings and photographs of Reginald V. Truitt, founder and first director of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, I was intrigued by a photograph of Truitt standing in a metal hatch protruding from the water and shaking hands with another gentleman. On the back […]

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March 11, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Science and Management: A need for more effective scientific communication and adaptive management

Sabrina Klick, Stephanie Siemek, Wenfei Ni The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) was established in 1983 and started the partnership between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia (NRC 2011). The partnership expanded in 2002 with the addition of Delaware, New York, and West Virginia under the […]

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March 9, 2015

Mackay Report Card Workshop – Mackay, Queensland Australia 24 February 2015.

As a follow-on from the Gladstone Harbor Report Card, which IAN helped design last year, I had the chance to help Queensland Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) develop a draft report card for the next region, in Mackay. I attended the workshop in Mackay on February 24, to facilitate the discussion about report cards, discuss […]

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March 6, 2015

Our first report card in South America – The Orinoco River Basin, Colombia

This February, I headed further south in America than I have ever before…..to Colombia in South America (still in the northern hemisphere though at 3o N). This trip was on invitation from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Washington D.C. with the aim to set up a report card for three tributaries of the Orinoco […]

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