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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 27, 2015

Remembering Bob Simon: A class act

Bob Simon’s untimely death is a cause for sadness. I had the good fortune of spending some time with him when I was living in Australia and Bob was there to film a story on the Great Barrier Reef. I know the exact day I met Bob Simon: 10 April 1999. The reason I remember […]

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February 25, 2015

Population and Environment Case Studies: Local Approaches to a Global Challenge

Chih-Hsien (Michelle) Lin, Detbra Rosales, Melanie Jackson It is apparent that we now live in a new epoch, the Anthropocene (IGBP, 2001), in which Earth’s environment and climate is mainly controlled by human activity. Environmental damage is accelerating on a global scale. As the world’s population increases, improving standards of living without destroying or degrading […]

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February 23, 2015

Kick-starting Collective Impact in Five Easy Report Card Steps

This is the first of two posts about the application of report cards to enable a collective impact process. The collective impact model facilitates positive change Collective Impact is a term used to refer to collaborative projects that create “needle-moving” changes to complex and intransigent problems. I ran across the term for the first time […]

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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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January 22, 2015

Launching the Chesapeake Bay Story website: Telling fact-based stories about Chesapeake Bay health

In a partnership with the Maryland state government, the Integration and Application Network developed a new website to tell fact-based stories about the health of Chesapeake Bay. This website (chesapeakebaystory.umces.edu) uses water quality, fisheries and habitat data, various maps and graphs, and scientific publications to inform a narrative version of the historical trends of Chesapeake […]

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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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December 30, 2014

Drawing sketches and creating conceptual diagrams to communicate science

Often the focus on science communication is the data visualization or the words or phrases chosen about a topic. But another important aspect of communicating science, both informally and formally is the use of hand drawn sketches. These sketches can be very simple black and white lines to complex color drawings. These sketches can be […]

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December 25, 2014

How Big Chicken Stole Chesapeake Bay

ADDENDUM This blog was posted three weeks ago on Christmas Day, and since that time I have received extreme praise as well as extreme condemnation. I was striving for neither of these reactions. For those people who felt that this parody was in poor taste or felt that it was an affront to them, I […]

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