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March 30, 2016

A great pot does not necessarily make a great dinner: photography techniques to take your science communication to the next level.

Dylan Taillie “Wow, what an awesome photo, did you take that on a Nikon D7000? Something better?” “Wow, what a horrible photo, did you take that with your iPhone or a potato?” These two fictional statements allude to the crux of a lengthy discussion that occurred during this week’s science visualization course. The thought that […]

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March 28, 2016

EcoHealth Matrix Songbook

As a participant of the EcoHealth Matrix workshop held at the Harte Research Institute in Corpus Christi, Texas on 9-11 March 2016, I found myself in the unusual position of not being one of the organizers or facilitators. With all this extra time on my hands, I wrote a series of songs throughout the workshop. […]

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March 25, 2016

A new style of conceptual cross section diagrams developed for New York Harbor

Judy O’Neil led the effort to write a synthesis paper about New York Harbor, as part of the Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (CCERS), a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project, focused on the expansion of concepts imbedded within the Billion Oyster Project. The paper will contribute to the World Harbour Project. In […]

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March 23, 2016

Maps: The Promise of Exploration

Juliet Nagel I’ve always loved maps. As a child, I would follow along on the road map as we took family trips across my home state of Wisconsin, tracing the routes and watching for town names as we passed through them, strange-sounding places like Weyauwega and Oconomowoc. I would wonder, is Greenville greener than other […]

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March 21, 2016

Environmental literacy of the Texas coastline

As part of a workshop sponsored by the Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, we learned about the key values and major threats to the Texas coastal ecosystems. We did not include the offshore continental shelf in this assessment, so some iconic features like the flower garden coral reefs were not included. […]

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March 18, 2016

EcoHealth Metrics for the Texas Coast Workshop

The long lost Gulf of Mexico Report Card project has been rekindled this week with a pilot project to create EcoHealth metrics for the Texas coast. We hope to scale this up to the rest of the Gulf next (including the parts in Mexico and Cuba). Bill Dennison and I traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas […]

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March 16, 2016

How environmental report cards can democratize science

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) The word democracy has its origins in a Greek word from the 5th century B.C. Democracy is formed by combining “demos” meaning “the people” with “kratia” meaning […]

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March 14, 2016

Combining visuals with narrative for effective science communication

My collaboration with Randy Olson, the master of developing good narrative structure for communicating science, has led me to consider the parallels between developing effective visual graphics and good narrative. Both narrative structure and visual processing are hard wired into the human brain. Brain scans of people watching a story unfold on videos show their […]

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March 10, 2016

Using report cards to get the synoptic big picture: An astronaut’s view

This blog is part of the Basin Report Card Initiative: a partnership between theWorld Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) One of the attributes of report cards that is particularly useful is the ability to view a whole system synoptically. We often refer to this synoptic view as […]

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March 8, 2016

Maps should tell a story

Ben Wahle The summer before I started fifth grade, my family took a road trip from Washington DC to Nova Scotia, Canada. A few days before we loaded our luggage and our dog, Chloe, into the car and headed off, my mom picked up some maps from the local AAA office. That night, she and […]

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