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June 14, 2017

“The most livable city in America”

During the week of May 15th, I traveled to St. Paul, Minnesota, to attend and present at the 2017 Citizen Science Association Conference. Alex Fries and Suzi Spitzer from IAN also attended the conference. Check out Suzi’s awesome blogs on the conference. St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota and adjoins Minneapolis, which is the […]

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March 17, 2017

The first thing people ask: Where is Guam, anyway?

Guam is in the western Pacific Ocean, approximately equidistant from Tokyo (north), Manila (west), and Papua New Guinea (south). And, on January 28th, Heath Kelsey, Alex Fries, and I traveled to Guam from Hawaii. Guam is a U.S. territory and is one island in the chain of islands that make up the Mariana archipelago. Guam […]

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July 6, 2016

Annual retreat fuels new thinking and cross-pollination of ideas

What is the definition of retreat? We all immediately think of military retreats in battle. But, there are two other definitions of retreat that relate to our annual work retreat: a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax – this is what most people intend when they go on a retreat […]

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June 10, 2016

Expanding my conference horizons

I attended the biennial National Water Quality Monitoring Conference in Tampa, Florida from Monday, May 2nd through Friday, May 6th. This was my first time attending the conference and by the end, I realized it was a conference I want to attend many times again. The Council itself was created in 1997 and brings together […]

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February 8, 2016

Engaged participants made the Indian River Lagoon Report Card workshop a pleasure to facilitate!

On Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22, 2016, IAN staff facilitated the kickoff workshop for an Indian River Lagoon report card. The Lagoon is located on the east coast of Florida, stretching from above Cape Canaveral south all the way to Stuart, where the St. Lucie River meets the Lagoon and flows out into […]

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July 14, 2015

Diving into NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program

Even before Charles Darwin wrote about coral reef atolls in his 1842 “The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs,” humans have been fascinated by coral reefs. Corals and coral reefs are connected to the spiritual rituals of indigenous populations. They also provide food, shelter, and support livelihoods (through fishing and ecotourism) of many people around […]

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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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September 11, 2014

Failte gu Alba! (Welcome to Scotland!)

Participating in the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) 3rd Annual Conference, August 14-18 2014 at Glasgow, Scotland I traveled to the International Marine Conservation Congress’ (IMCC) conference in Scotland in part because I wanted to visit Scotland – land of Scottish brogues, whisky, and wild, mountainous landscapes! But, more so because marine conservation is a […]

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May 25, 2010

Science Communication Course in Toronto, Ontario

Several times each year, IAN teaches a course on effectively communicating science. On May 12-13th, Bill Dennison (IAN) and Caroline Wicks (EcoCheck) traveled to Toronto, Ontario to teach the course to scientists and communication specialists who work for local conservation authorities. Conservation Ontario, the umbrella organization that oversees regional and local conservation authorities, helped provide […]

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