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May 31, 2017

“Up close and personal” Community engagement at the Citizen Science conference (part 2)

In May I attended the 2017 Citizen Science Association Conference with Caroline and Alex. This blog is the second post about the conference, and the first part can be found here. On the final morning of the conference, I took advantage of the clear skies and dry sidewalks, and woke up early to explore Saint […]

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May 30, 2017

“In this room, it’s playtime!” Creative inspiration at the Citizen Science conference (part 1)

Last month I attended the 2017 Citizen Science Association Conference with Caroline and Alex, from May 17 to 19. The three-day biennial conference was hosted in Saint Paul, Minnesota at the RiverCentre. The conference proved to be very educational and thought-provoking, and I especially appreciated the opportunity to network with other members of the diverse […]

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May 26, 2017

Progressing toward a Report Card for the Gulf of Mexico

The theme of the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit this year in Houston was “One Gulf” and was all about synthesis of science to create positive restoration outcomes. I served on a panel with Mark Harwell and Jack Gentile to discuss our work on the Texas coast Report Card project, and our larger […]

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May 24, 2017

People’s Climate March

After participating in the March for Science I was hesitant to join in on yet another march in the same week. The March for Science, while inspiring and exciting, was still a very cold, wet, and tiring day. But when I found out that my 86-year-old grandfather wanted to participate in the People’s Climate March, […]

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May 22, 2017

Scoping a report card for the Yangtze River basin, China.

In April I travelled to China with Michele Thieme and Judy Takats from the World Wildlife Fund U.S. (WWF). The trip was planned to discuss with WWF China whether our report card process would work within the Chinese context. It was my first trip to China, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I […]

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May 17, 2017

So you think you can couple systems? Reviewing our research proposals

Killian Farrell Last week’s class marked the final meeting for our course MEES620: Coupled Human and Natural Systems. Our class has gone through many different topics related to coupled systems, from resource assessment to cultural views of nature. This was reflected in the many topics and research approaches in the proposals reviewed on this last […]

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May 16, 2017

Tell a compelling story: Talking about science communication to landscape ecologists in Baltimore

The 2017 annual meeting of the US chapter of the International Association of Landscape Ecologists was held in Baltimore at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Inner Harbor. Andrew Elmore, my University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science colleague, invited me to present the banquet keynote. Since any after dinner talk should not be all […]

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May 15, 2017

What are these data trying to tell us?

“Let the data speak for themselves,” is a quote frequently attributed to Sir R. A. Fisher. Fisher was biologist who was drawn to the task of sifting through 70 years of data on crop yields and genetics accumulated at Rothamsted Experimental Station. The challenge of making sense of all this data led Fisher to develop […]

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May 11, 2017

How to give a good briefing

Hao Wang and Ana Sosa On Friday, May 5th, MEES students in the Science for Environmental Management class traveled from multiple campuses across the state to gather in Annapolis at the UMCES IAN office. For our last session of the course, we each gave an oral environmental science briefing that was related to a specific […]

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May 10, 2017

Forests, floods, and fisheries… Houston, do we have a problem here?

Veronika Leitold Last week, in our Coupled Human and Natural Systems course, we continued the presentations of our final class projects: individual research proposals to study a coupled human and natural system of our choice. The overarching theme of the presentations was natural resource use and management approached from the various angles of sustainability, stewardship […]

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