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September 27, 2016

Data Visualization 101: Simple changes can make a world of difference

Holly Padgett Imagine this scenario: you check your email and see an announcement for an upcoming presentation about elk migration in the Pacific Northwest. Excitedly, you register for the event and mark it on your calendar (because who doesn’t love elk?!). On the day of the event, you show up early to get a good […]

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September 20, 2016

Story telling tools – The history of communicating well 

Melissa Merritt Have you ever wondered if there’s a secret formula for how to speak more effectively? A consistent method that can be used across the board to frame any presentation? Well the key sounds pretty simple. Tell a story. A story doesn’t sound too difficult to create. Tell a story to gain an audience’s […]

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September 6, 2016

Mekong Flooded Forest – a sneak peek at a Future Card

Future Card: a report card that forecasts future ecosystem health grades based on alternate management strategies. The holy grail right? Well hopefully. This idea of a “future card” began 18 months ago while I was attending a meeting held by the Luc Hoffman Institute in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for the LIVES’s project (Linked Indicators for […]

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September 1, 2016

Great minds get together: A day spent discussing impacts of the Susquehanna River and the “Reservoir Reach”

On Wednesday, August 24th a group of technical experts, stakeholders and communicators met at the Chesapeake Bay Program in an attempt to make some sense of the current knowledge about the influence of the Susquehanna River reservoir system on Chesapeake Bay water quality. The group that gathered in Eastport on this temperate August day was […]

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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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