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April 17, 2015

Developing a constitution for Chesapeake Bay

At a recent roundtable discussion of approaches for accelerating Chesapeake Bay restoration, one of the participants used the phrase “We the people…” which provoked me to think of the preamble to the United States Constitution, the beginning of an amazingly robust document that still resonates today. I hope that the 2014 Chesapeake Bay and Watershed […]

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April 14, 2015

Do’s and Don’ts: How scientists and the law can exist in tandem

Fan Zhang, Emily Russ, Whitney Hoot When we talk about scientists, we envision someone wearing a lab coat and exploring nature’s mysteries, a professor passing knowledge to the next generation or a group of people who enjoy debating and discussing abstruse topics. We know that these are important professional activities for scientists, in academia and […]

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April 10, 2015

In memory of Jay Zieman, University of Virginia seagrass ecologist

Joseph “Jay” C. Zieman (1943-2015), my seagrass ecology colleague, died recently. I first met Jay in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1980 when my Master’s thesis advisor C. Peter McRoy organized a workshop associated with the Seagrass Ecosystem Study, funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the International Decade of Ocean Exploration. Jay was one […]

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April 8, 2015

Who ya gonna call? Recommendations for scientists who are called to action in a state of environmental emergency

Suzi Spitzer, Fan Zhang, Cara Scweitzer When environmental disaster strikes, scientists are often asked to serve as first responders in the exploration of causes, consequences, and solutions to unfamiliar and unexpected problems. Scientific research and management in the context of an environmental emergency is very different from conducting standard research in a University or in […]

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April 3, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Phosphorus Pollution Is Derived from Land-Based Sources

Donald F. Boesch, Walter Boynton, Jeffrey Cornwell, William Dennison, Michael Kemp, and Jeremy Testa University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Bay Creates Its Own Phosphorus? Amidst the recent controversies regarding proposed requirements to reduce phosphorus runoff from agricultural soils a new article in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) was published in […]

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April 1, 2015

Climate change: teaching the public these are not dirty words

Stephanie Siemek, Wenfei Ni, Sabrina Klick The words climate change are not dirty words, nevertheless, in some cases it is controversial to even mention it. Climate change has an immense amount of support from scientific data, models, research, as well as current day observation. Yet, many people refuse to believe it. Websites have even been […]

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March 27, 2015

Reef Resilience in Townsville

This is part three of a three part series of blog posts about developing a reef resilience index for the Great Barrier Reef at a workshop in Townsville in March 2015   Reef Resilience in Townsville William C. Dennison Talking with reef managers at Reef HQ1 Developing Resilience Based Management perspectives Generating a reef health […]

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March 19, 2015

Resilience based management of the Great Barrier Reef

This is part one of a three-part series of blog posts about developing a reef resilience index for the Great Barrier Reef at a workshop in Townsville in March 2015. ‘Resilience Based Management’ was one of the concepts that arose during our workshop with resource managers at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority in […]

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March 11, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Science and Management: A need for more effective scientific communication and adaptive management

Sabrina Klick, Stephanie Siemek, Wenfei Ni The Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) was established in 1983 and started the partnership between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia (NRC 2011). The partnership expanded in 2002 with the addition of Delaware, New York, and West Virginia under the […]

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March 4, 2015

Tackling watershed size: A collaborative effort – difficulties of science in management due to watershed size

Cara Schweitzer, Rebecca Peters, Fan Zhang Watershed size can be very important in the determination and implementation of environmental monitoring and management strategies of coastal systems. A watershed was defined by John Wesley Powell, geologist and director of the USGS (1881-1894), as “that area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things […]

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