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July 23, 2015

The Meta River Report Card Workshop – The Orinoco River Basin, Colombia

On June 29th, 2015, Simon Costanzo and I traveled from Bogota, Colombia to Puerto Lopez, Colombia for the Meta River Report Card Workshop. The workshop spanned from June 30th-July 2nd, and was the first of three workshops that will occur in Colombia, to develop report cards for three tributaries of the Orinoco River. Along with […]

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July 16, 2015

Development of an Ecosystem Health Report Card for Laguna de Bay, Philippines

This summer, I was given the great opportunity to be involved in the development of the first IAN report card in my home country. Last June 1-3 2015, Dave Nemazie and Simon Costanzo joined me in the Philippines to help facilitate the Second Workshop on the Development of Ecosystem Health Report Card for Laguna de […]

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July 14, 2015

Diving into NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program

Even before Charles Darwin wrote about coral reef atolls in his 1842 “The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs,” humans have been fascinated by coral reefs. Corals and coral reefs are connected to the spiritual rituals of indigenous populations. They also provide food, shelter, and support livelihoods (through fishing and ecotourism) of many people around […]

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July 7, 2015

New York Harbor NSF STEM Project Design Week, Part 2

On Friday, June 19th, Judy O’Neil, Suzi Spitzer and I had our final exciting stop on a three-day trip to New York City that so far had been lively, productive, and engaging.  This was the day of the inaugural BOP STEM Symposium out at Governors Island, what was to be a massive gathering of middle […]

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July 2, 2015

New York Harbor NSF STEM Project Design Week, Part 1

On June 17th and 18th, Judy O’Neil, Simon Costanzo, Suzi Spitzer and I traveled north to New York City to attend a series of meetings and events leading up to the inaugural Billion Oyster Project Symposium. This very productive trip will be split into two blog posts, one for the first two days of events, […]

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June 25, 2015

IAN in Cambodia

Wow, my travel adventures through our new partnership with WWF continue in 2015 with a trip to Cambodia in south-east Asia. My trip began with a 14-hour direct flight from Washington D.C. to Seoul, South Korea. We flew right over the arctic, so I was thrilled to see BIG icebergs out the window. I noted […]

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June 23, 2015

Long Island Sound Report Card in context

On June 8, 2015 the Integration & Application Network and its many partners held two simultaneous press conferences to announce the inaugural Long Island Sound report card. I traveled to Glen Cove with Alex Fries while Caroline Donovan and Suzi Spitzer were in Westport, Connecticut. Suzi and Alex previously posted blogs about these press conferences. Both report […]

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June 19, 2015

Long Island Sound Report Card release in Glen Cove, New York

On June 7th, Caroline Donovan, Bill Dennison, Suzi Spitzer, and I traveled to New York and Connecticut to release the Long Island Sound Report Card. In addition to the overall report card, we also released two embayment report cards, the Norwalk Harbor Report Card, and the Inner Hempstead Harbor Report Card. After picking up a […]

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June 17, 2015

Long Island Sound Report Card release in Westport, Connecticut

On June 8, 2015 the Integration & Application Network and its many partners held two simultaneous press conferences to announce the first report card about the health of Long Island Sound. Bill Dennison and Alex Fries traveled to Glen Cove, New York, on the south shore of the Sound, while Caroline Donovan and I headed north […]

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June 11, 2015

Northern Australia floodplains research workshop in Brisbane

I met Jane Hawkey in Brisbane May 18-19 to facilitate a synthesis workshop on floodplains research in Northern Australia under the National Environment Research Program Northern Hub (NERP Northern). Our goal is to piece together the larger story being told by individual research components. As always, it was exciting to learn more about a new […]

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