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February 23, 2017

Speaking (scientific) truth to power through storytelling: using lessons from the past and examples from the present to plan for the future

Kavya Pradhan and Alterra Sanchez Like King Arthur’s resolute knights, Environmental Scientists are constantly in their own legendary saga. In our case, instead of the Holy Grail, we are looking for viable strategies for environmental management while taking into consideration the socio-economic and political facets of environmental issues. We strive to find multiple methods that might […]

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February 16, 2017

Science for science, for environment, or society?: The role of science in environmental management

Alterra Sanchez and Stephanie Barletta Environmental management is much more than using science to solve a problem, if only it were that easy! If a lake is becoming eutrophic because of nutrient input due to nearby farming, the answer would be to not allow the farmers to use as much fertilizer; easy, problem solved, right? […]

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February 15, 2017

One fish, two fish, one fish—wait, where did all the fish go?

Noelle Olsen Last week for class, we traveled near and far (UMES students) to the new UMCES office in Annapolis. Dr. Hubacek gave us an interactive, crash-course lesson in natural resource management and economics by playing the game, Fish Banks. Fish banks originated from the minds of scientists at the MIT Sloan School of Management […]

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February 13, 2017

The Chesapeake Sentinels

A new paper on Chesapeake Bay Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) was published last week by colleagues from the Virginia Institute of the Marine Science (VIMS) and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, led by Jon Lefcheck (VIMS). This paper, entitled “Multiple stressors threaten the imperiled coastal foundation species eelgrass (Zostera marina) in Chesapeake Bay, […]

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February 9, 2017

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Balancing the needs of scientific management and public stakeholders in Ecosystem Based Management

Jake Shaner and Dylan Taillie Scientists have long been trained to adhere to the scientific process of identifying a problem or question and testing hypotheses in an attempt to find an answer. Conventionally, this process informed management by creating a compartmentalized management scheme of the planet’s natural resources. The advent of Ecosystem Based Management (EBM) […]

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February 8, 2017

Greater than the sum of its parts: What is a coupled human and natural system?

Suzi Spitzer and Noelle Olsen This semester, we will be publishing a series of synthesis blogs written by graduate students enrolled in a new course called “Coupled Human and Natural Systems.” The class is the foundation-level course of Environment and Society, a new academic track within the MEES graduate program at UMCES. The MEES curriculum […]

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January 26, 2017

Jane Thomas: A champion for the Maryland Coastal Bays

The Maryland Coastal Bays include Chincoteague, Sinepuxent, Isle of Wight, Assawoman, and Newport Bays, as well as St. Martin River. These coastal lagoons behind Assateague and Fenwick Islands were once known as the “Forgotten Bays“, dwarfed in stature by the nearby majestic Chesapeake Bay. But the Coastal Bays have been discovered, in a large part […]

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January 19, 2017

Developing scientific stories for Chesapeake Bay submerged aquatic vegetation

The Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) is supporting an effort to synthesize Chesapeake Bay data to better understand how submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) can be used as sentinels for the health of Chesapeake Bay. A working group of scientists has been formed to analyze three decades of water […]

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January 17, 2017

Scrooge and the Report Card

At the conclusion of a 9-11 Nov. 2016 workshop in Annapolis titled “Integrating systems modeling and report card development to improve basin health & manage trade-offs”. I was able to convince the participants to act out a play that I wrote for the occasion. The play was entitled “Scrooge and the Report Card”, loosely based […]

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January 10, 2017

Science visualization courses teach students to “Let it go”

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) team produced another Science Visualization course in the Fall 2016 semester that wrapped up in December 2016. The first time this course was taught was in Spring 2016, when it was offered for graduate credit with the Marine Environmental and Estuarine Science (MEES) program. In this second round of […]

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