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April 27, 2017

Making the Grade

Annie Carew and Qiurui Zhu We’ve spent a lot of time this semester discussing the intersection between science and the public – how can we communicate the importance and urgency of our science without alarming or confusing people? This week, we discussed environmental report cards, which could provide a solution to this tricky balancing act […]

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April 20, 2017

Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink, unless something is done: How science is used in legal cases to improve the environment

Hadley McIntosh and Ginni La Rosa Scientists are not just scientists. We often work at the intersection of science, communication, policy, and law. Scientists deal with law in contracts, intellectual property rights, and privacy disputes, but we are also needed to provide evidence and testimony in judicial rulings. Over the last few classes, the “Science […]

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April 13, 2017

Journalists and scientists: Forever at odds, or a perfect pairing?

Juliet Nagel and Kavya Pradhan Ask a scientist, and they might tell you that journalists are more interested in selling news than getting a story right, are overly concerned with conflict and scientific outliers, and will miss the point or twist information to fit a headline.  Ask a journalist, and they might tell you that scientists are forever […]

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April 6, 2017

Which one leads to a green future: Scientists’ effort or deniers’ gamble?

Qiurui Zhu and Juliet Nagel Climate change and its impacts on the environment and human well-being are getting more and more attention worldwide. The Paris Agreement aims to bring all nations into the combat with climate change and has set an ambitious goal: keeping the global temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by […]

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March 30, 2017

The real art of the deal: Lessons in effective science advising

Ana Sosa and Jake Shaner Last week, students in the Science for Environmental Management class took part in an activity, during which class members acted as decision makers and other participating parties in “scenario plays” where science advising was necessary. The goal of this exercise was to determine the best ways to manage our professional roles […]

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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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