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August 30, 2016

A Report Card for Coastal Yucatán

In Early August, Jane Hawkey and I traveled to Mérida and Sisal, to help initiate an ecosystem health report card for the Yucatán State coast of Mexico. We facilitated a two-day workshop with approximately 30 participants from around the State to begin the process of identifying the many values and issues important to the people […]

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August 23, 2016

Future Earth’s Coasts

I had the great opportunity to represent IAN and UMCES as the institutional representative to the Future Earth’s Coasts Scientific Steering Committee meeting in Taipei, Taiwan last week. Hosted by JC Lin at the National Taiwan University, the meeting brought together 15 representatives from all over the world to discuss the scientific direction of the […]

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August 11, 2016

Rachel Carson versus the Zombie Horde

Does Rachel Carson still have something to teach us about communicating science to the public? Silent Spring, Carson’s 1962 best-seller on the environmental perils of herbicides and pesticides, launched the movement that created the Environmental Protection Agency. But, the communications field has changed a lot in the last 50 years. The era of television came […]

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August 2, 2016

Pursuing happiness (and data integration) in Pennsylvania: the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative Retreat

On June 28th and 29th, members of the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative met at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to move forward several aspects of the project. The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative is comprised of four groups with the goal of bringing together non-traditional and volunteer monitoring data throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and integrating the data […]

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July 8, 2016

Across and through the Bay: Rio, Niteroi, and Guanabara expeditions

On June 20th 2016, Bill Dennison, Dave Nemazie, and I traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the next stakeholder workshop to develop the Guanabara Bay Report Card. We convened the workshop on June 23rd in neighboring Niteroi, a city across the Bay from Rio de Janeiro. There were some of the same participants as […]

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July 6, 2016

Annual retreat fuels new thinking and cross-pollination of ideas

What is the definition of retreat? We all immediately think of military retreats in battle. But, there are two other definitions of retreat that relate to our annual work retreat: a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax – this is what most people intend when they go on a retreat […]

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June 28, 2016

A pleasant day of Oysters and STEM learning

On Friday, June 10th, Judy O’Neil and I participated in the second annual Billion Oyster Projects Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (BOP CCERS) – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education (STAM) Research Symposium on Governors Island. This event was similar to the inaugural event of June 2015, however this year included the new […]

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June 22, 2016

The River Project at Pier 40

The week of June 6th brought strong winds to the east coast along with the 2nd annual workshop meeting of Billion Oyster Projects Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (BOP CCERS) project members. This was a weeklong series of events and meetings in NYC that gave project leaders both a chance to reflect on […]

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June 10, 2016

Expanding my conference horizons

I attended the biennial National Water Quality Monitoring Conference in Tampa, Florida from Monday, May 2nd through Friday, May 6th. This was my first time attending the conference and by the end, I realized it was a conference I want to attend many times again. The Council itself was created in 1997 and brings together […]

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May 26, 2016

How fast can you create and complete a newsletter? In Rio, you only have until tomorrow!

After our first stakeholder workshop at INEA on Monday April 25th, Bill Dennison, Dave Nemazie, and I had to prepare for our expanded workshop of 200 people on Friday April 29th, at the Museum of Tomorrow. This meeting brought together stakeholders from all around Guanabara Bay, and served to not only discuss the report card, […]

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