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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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February 18, 2015

Achieving Sustainability at the Nexus of Science, Advocacy, and Policy

Emily Russ, Aimee Hoover, Whitney Hoot Nearly 500 years ago, Nicholas Copernicus determined the Earth revolved around the sun. Scientists and philosophers hotly contested this radical idea in the sixteenth century, but further research eventually confirmed Copernicus’ observations. This globally accepted understanding, or paradigm, that the sun is the center of our solar system was […]

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February 16, 2015

Talking about moose and climate change in snowy Massachusetts

Brianne Walsh and I traveled to Westborough, Massachusetts for a scientific synthesis workshop on climate change and moose in the North Woods of Northeastern U.S. The workshop was located at an amazing new facility which serves as the field headquarters for MassWildlife (Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife). This building was opened last autumn and […]

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February 10, 2015

Ecosystem Based Management: The challenge of change

Martina Gonzalez Mateu, Adrianne Michaelis, Suzi Spitzer Increasing knowledge about ecosystem dynamics over the past several decades has allowed us to make positive changes in our approach to resource management. In the past, management goals primarily focused on protecting single species, and tried to restore ecosystems to historical states that were considered desirable. This management […]

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January 20, 2015

Growth and the future of Chesapeake Bay conference at Hood College

I attended a two-day workshop on January 13-14 held at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. It was organized by Tom Horton and Karl Blankenship and sponsored by Town Creek Foundation and the Bay Journal. Roughly 150 people gathered for these two days to talk about an issue that we generally do not talk about regarding […]

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January 6, 2015

Threats to traditional resources in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory Australia

In the spring of 2014, IAN and Charles Darwin University in Australia’s Northern Territory signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that allows us to exchange staff for extended periods. The goal is to increase our shared capacity for synthesis and communication of river and coastal management science. To begin flexing the cooperative spirit of the […]

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January 1, 2015

2015 promises to be an exciting year for Chesapeake Bay

There are many changes ahead in 2015, including new leadership in academia, government and science, management strategies for the 2014 Chesapeake Watershed Agreement, a major Conowingo research effort, and new staffing at the Chesapeake Bay Program. Academic leadership. The Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, Brit Kirwin, is retiring after his distinguished tenure and […]

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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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