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May 2, 2016

IAN participates in Coastal Resilience Meeting at University of Tabasco in Villahermosa, Mexico

After the first EcoHealth metrics workshop for the Texas Coast pilot project, Bill Dennison and I shared a shuttle to the airport with Porfirio Alvarez, from the University of Tabasco. We talked about the process of creating report cards and how excited we were to begin working in the Gulf of Mexico again after such […]

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April 29, 2016

The NOAA Coral Reef Report Card – Reflections on the report card process

Caroline Donovan and I facilitated a mini-workshop in Charleston, South Carolina this week to advance the NOAA Coral Reef Monitoring Program Report Card Pilot projects in American Samoa and Florida. The meeting went very well – we had some difficult things to work out, and everyone came together to do just that. Most importantly, we […]

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April 27, 2016

Let’s get in line, with InDesign!

Kathleen Gillespie A conference is your time to shine and to get the word out about your scientific project. You have a finite amount of time to interact, and many people are just strolling through a venue. In order to make an impression, reach out to them! The presenter themselves must make sure to play […]

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April 25, 2016

How to organize and run short, productive and fun scientific workshops

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) regularly runs workshops with scientists and resource managers about a variety of topics in a diversity of locations. IAN has evolved various workshop protocols and tools that are regularly applied. There are several aspects that distinguish IAN workshops from typical scientific workshops. All workshop components need to be considered […]

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April 22, 2016

Workshop on ecological drought with the South Central Climate Science Center in Norman, Oklahoma

In March, Bill Dennison, Simon Costanzo, and I travelled to Norman, Oklahoma for a workshop on ecological drought, part of an ongoing project with the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. This was the third in a series of eight workshops to be held at each of the nation’s eight Climate Science Centers […]

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April 20, 2016

Designing Posters that POP!

Caron Gala Academic poster sessions are now a mainstay for workshops, professional meetings, and collaborative conferences. The audience that you are designing the poster for will determine what the content of your poster will be. However, regardless of how you communicate your scientific outcomes, seek feedback, or articulate methods, you will want to follow some […]

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April 18, 2016

WWF-UMCES Retreats Poetry

This blog is part of the Basin Report Card Initiative: a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) We have had two retreats with our WWF colleagues on the front porch of the DuPont House which serves as the Center Administration for UMCES. The DuPont […]

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April 15, 2016

A unique partnership between World Wildlife Fund and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

This blog is part of the Basin Report Card Initiative: a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) Don Boesch and I had lunch with our World Wildlife Fund colleagues Carter Roberts and Tom Dillon recently. Carter asked a question that a) we couldn’t answer […]

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April 13, 2016

Gather ‘round folks, it’s story time!

Kara Hawkins Picture it: A library full of scientific journals and a scientist sitting in a rocking chair in the center of the room reading an article and sharing the visual elements around the audience. Surrounding him/her is a group of people, all ages, and all education levels. Their eyes never stray from the scientist, […]

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April 11, 2016

How to create conceptual cross-section diagrams

Conceptual cross-section diagrams are a new technique developed by the Integration and Application Network (IAN) team of Science Communicators. This style of conceptual diagrams, using the IAN symbol library, allows for a geographically accurate depiction of coastal waterways. The first use of these cross-section approach was for New York Harbor, developed because of the complex […]

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