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March 16, 2017

You’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet: Balancing differing worldviews and appealing to stakeholders in environmental management

Dylan Taillie and Annie Carew This past week in our Science for Environmental Management class, students read about three case studies on large, complex ecosystems: New York Harbor, the Mississippi Deltaic Plain and the Great Barrier Reef. Although varying systems, we found commonalities in the issues that many of them face and these commonalities framed much […]

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March 9, 2017

Rapport over Reports: Next-Generation Science Communicators Learn from Policy Experts on the Front Lines

Ginni La Rosa and Katie Martin Last Friday, February 3rd, UMCES students in the Science for Environmental Management class from multiple campuses across the state gathered together at the IAN synthesis office in Annapolis to speak with two experienced practitioners on the frontier of science and policy decisions. Ben Grumbles was confirmed as Secretary of the Maryland […]

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March 2, 2017

The Chesapeake Bay and the Baltic Sea: Adapting to Changing Climates in the New World and the Old

Katie Martin and Hadley McIntosh In J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and Wendy, Neverland is a fantastical land—an escape from passing time and reality1. Is returning to the Chesapeake Bay of old with lower turbidity and nutrient levels and a seemingly unlimited oyster and crab harvest an equally unrealistic fantasy? The “Return to Neverland” scenario, coined […]

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February 23, 2017

Speaking (scientific) truth to power through storytelling: using lessons from the past and examples from the present to plan for the future

Kavya Pradhan and Alterra Sanchez Like King Arthur’s resolute knights, Environmental Scientists are constantly in their own legendary saga. In our case, instead of the Holy Grail, we are looking for viable strategies for environmental management while taking into consideration the socio-economic and political facets of environmental issues. We strive to find multiple methods that might […]

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February 16, 2017

Science for science, for environment, or society?: The role of science in environmental management

Alterra Sanchez and Stephanie Barletta Environmental management is much more than using science to solve a problem, if only it were that easy! If a lake is becoming eutrophic because of nutrient input due to nearby farming, the answer would be to not allow the farmers to use as much fertilizer; easy, problem solved, right? […]

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February 9, 2017

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Balancing the needs of scientific management and public stakeholders in Ecosystem Based Management

Jake Shaner and Dylan Taillie Scientists have long been trained to adhere to the scientific process of identifying a problem or question and testing hypotheses in an attempt to find an answer. Conventionally, this process informed management by creating a compartmentalized management scheme of the planet’s natural resources. The advent of Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) […]

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May 12, 2015

Hire me, I’m a Scientist! Career challenges for students

Detbra Rosales, Melanie Jackson, Chih-Hsien (Michelle) Lin To go to grad school or not go to grad school that is the question”, every student has at some point of his or her life. Is graduate school required to get you that dream job in marine science or any science in general? This all depends on […]

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May 5, 2015

The future of managing fisheries: what can we expect?

Adriane Michaelis, Sabrina Klick, and Rebecca Peters As students in the Science for Environmental Management course offered by the University of Maryland, we had the opportunity to discuss past, current, and future aspects of science and fisheries management with Dr. Mike Wilberg of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and Eric Schwaab, Chief […]

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May 1, 2015

Fifteen students, Ten minutes: One humbling education

Rebecca Peters, Aimee Hoover, Emily Russ The birds are chirping, the grass is green, the tourists are out walking the streets, and students are indoors on a Saturday signaling the coming end of another eventful school year: Spring is in the air in Annapolis. On Saturday April 25, 2015 graduate students in the Science for […]

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April 28, 2015

A report card to tell your mom about: Environmental report cards provide transparent assessments of our aquatic ecosystems

Melanie Jackson, Chih-Hsien (Michelle) Lin, Detbra Rosales Students in grammar school and all the way to college have anxiety about receiving report cards, and often times devise plans for the best time to tell their parents about their not so stellar grades. Explaining poor grades to parents can involve tactics such as blaming the teacher […]

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