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November 25, 2014

One Planet One Ocean conference in Barcelona, Spain

I attended the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean’ in Barcelona, Spain 16-21 Nov 2014. I was a co-organizer for a workshop ‘How is your ecosystem doing? Advances in the use and understanding of ecosystem indicators’ and presented an invited talk, ‘Science communication strategies and environmental report cards for effective coastal […]

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November 13, 2014

Teams compete to design a sustainable Louisiana Coast

Three teams of coastal scientists, engineers, and planners are going head-to-head to see who can come up with the best ideas for creating a self-sustaining coast for Louisiana. That’s the challenge posed by the Changing Course competition. Selection of these teams this summer completed a year-long process [pdf] that started with screening applications from over […]

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November 4, 2014

The sound, the bay, and a volcano: National discussions around resiliency to coastal hazards

What do volcanoes, floodplains, conversations, hops, a Sound, the Bay, and sea level rise all have in common? The Association of State Floodplain Manager’s annual conference in Seattle included every one. Even the hops. Since getting into the world of coastal management from the perspective of climate change and sea level rise, it has been […]

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September 23, 2014

Thiess International Riverprize finalists for 2014

The four Thiess International Riverprize finalists provided inspirational examples of creative solutions for river protection and restoration. The winner of the 2014 Riverprize was the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine, a group of committed and passionate individuals who have transformed the “Sewer of Europe” into a river with high water quality, migratory […]

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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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September 2, 2014

Louisiana Sea Grant Discovery, Integration and Application initiative (LA DIA)

Tracey Saxby and I traveled to Baton Rouge for a two-day training session for the Louisiana Sea Grant Discovery Integration and Application (LA DIA) scholars. Robert Twilley, Louisiana Sea Grant Director, and his staff helped us develop this training session. Tim Carruthers, the former Program Director for the Integration and Application Network and now working […]

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July 22, 2014

Kicking off the Louisiana Discovery Integration and Application program in Baton Rouge

Robert Twilley, Director of Louisiana Sea Grant, has initiated a nine month fellowship program called LA DIA, which is an acronym that stands for Louisiana Discovery Integration and Application. Conveniently, this also translates in French and Spanish to “The Day”. Bill Nuttle and I from the Integration and Application Network (note the similar name) traveled […]

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July 1, 2014

A sea change at SEA: Sea Education Association takes its tall ships into uncharted waters

I attended the annual trustees and overseers meeting of the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA on 22-23 June. This was my first meeting in some time, so it was good to see everyone again and get an update on the progress of S.E.A. in transforming their program to accommodate the changing market for […]

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June 26, 2014

UMCES Colossus of Rhoades

For the past 33 years, one of the seven wonders of the UMCES world has been the Colossus of Rhoades. The iconic Phyllis Rhoades has been a pillar of support for each and every faculty member submitting a proposal, obtaining the necessary support to build this institution, and managing their projects. Phyllis found no deadline […]

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June 24, 2014

Integration and Application Network retreat: June 2014

The Integration and Application Network held a retreat at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center on the shores of Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore. The venue was spectacular, with views across marshes and open water in a sustainable building that included bamboo flooring, solar power, and skylights. Our goals were to introduce ourselves to one another, particularly […]

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