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August 3, 2017

What makes a port city iconic?

What makes a port city iconic? Geography, history, sense of place, water everywhere, economic engines, melting pots and vistas. My first visit to Rio de Janeiro convinced me to include this harbor city in my short list of iconic global ports. My previous personal list for amazing harbor cities was the following: New York City […]

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August 1, 2017

Environmental literacy of the Tuul River, Mongolia

Environmental literacy principles for the Tuul River, Mongolia The Tuul River in northcentral Mongolia is a tributary to the Orkhon River. The Orkhon River flows through Lake Baikal, Russia via the Selenga River and into the Yenesei River, which is the largest tributary into the Arctic Ocean. Water from the Tuul River is heavily utilized, […]

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July 25, 2017

In the Footsteps of Gengis Khan in the Mongolian Steppe: Part 3

Training Mongolians to Develop a Tuul River Report Card After our field trip, Simon Costanzo, Michele Thieme and I held a two and a half day workshop in Ulaanbaatar, working closely with WWF Mongolia and key stakeholders in order to develop the skills and strategies needed to create a Tuul River report card. We structured […]

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July 20, 2017

In the Footsteps of Gengis Khan in the Mongolian Steppe: Part 2

Downstream Tuul River On the second day of field trips before our Tuul River report card workshop, we headed downstream to visit two mines: one recently built with a history of environmental protections, the other an old soviet mine with no apparent environmental regulation. On our way, we passed out of the commercial downtown district […]

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July 18, 2017

In the Footsteps of Gengis Khan in the Mongolian Steppe: Part 1

From July 2nd– 4th, 2017, Simon Costanzo, Michele Thieme and I took a day to walk around the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator) and two days on driving tours to see both upstream and downstream sections of the Tuul River. This blog installment provides the first part of a synopsis of these field trips […]

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July 13, 2017

Michael Kemp’s Retirement Party

On May 20th, 2017, two former students of Michael Kemp, Jeremy Testa and Cassie Gurbisz, surprised him with a retirement party. For the venue, they chose the the pavilion at Horn Point Laboratory, which is part of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. His son Cullen Murray-Kemp and daughter-in-law Marissa Joiner drove up […]

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July 11, 2017

Jane Hawkey, the Integration and Application Network ‘Closer’ retiring

Before starting at the Integration and Application Network (IAN) in 2005, Jane Hawkey worked for Washington Sea Grant, and then as a research assistant for several different Horn Point Laboratory faculty. There, she attended research cruises, produced newsletters and helped with publication graphics. These skills and experiences helped her when she joined IAN. She rose […]

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July 6, 2017

Don Boesch, the Coastal Scholar, steps down after 27 years

We had two very nice events to celebrate Don Boesch’s twenty seven year career as President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. The first was held on June 1 at the Institute of Marine Environmental Technology in Baltimore with some 300 people attending. It featured many speeches and testimonials and was a […]

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July 4, 2017

Biscayne Bay Marine Health Inaugural Summit

The Biscayne Bay Marine Health Inaugural Summit was held at the Florida International University Biscayne Bay campus. I flew down at the invitation of Jim Fourqurean, my long time friend and seagrass colleague, who provided a very nice introduction. There were around two hundred people in attendance and my role was to provide a lunch […]

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June 29, 2017

Developing environmental intelligence through environmental literacy and citizen science

I was asked to speak at a ‘Data to Decisions’ workshop at the Wye Research and Education Center on the summer solstice (21 June 2017). The workshop was sponsored by the Maryland Water Monitoring Council (MWMC). Caroline Donovan, the Integration and Application Network’s (IAN) Program Manager, is on the MWMC board and is also the […]

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