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January 22, 2015

Launching the Chesapeake Bay Story website: Telling fact-based stories about Chesapeake Bay health

In a partnership with the Maryland state government, the Integration and Application Network developed a new website to tell fact-based stories about the health of Chesapeake Bay. This website (chesapeakebaystory.umces.edu) uses water quality, fisheries and habitat data, various maps and graphs, and scientific publications to inform a narrative version of the historical trends of Chesapeake […]

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January 6, 2015

Threats to traditional resources in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory Australia

In the spring of 2014, IAN and Charles Darwin University in Australia’s Northern Territory signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that allows us to exchange staff for extended periods. The goal is to increase our shared capacity for synthesis and communication of river and coastal management science. To begin flexing the cooperative spirit of the […]

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December 30, 2014

Drawing sketches and creating conceptual diagrams to communicate science

Often the focus on science communication is the data visualization or the words or phrases chosen about a topic. But another important aspect of communicating science, both informally and formally is the use of hand drawn sketches. These sketches can be very simple black and white lines to complex color drawings. These sketches can be […]

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December 25, 2014

How Big Chicken Stole Chesapeake Bay

ADDENDUM This blog was posted three weeks ago on Christmas Day, and since that time I have received extreme praise as well as extreme condemnation. I was striving for neither of these reactions. For those people who felt that this parody was in poor taste or felt that it was an affront to them, I […]

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December 9, 2014

Ocean research perspectives gleaned from ‘One Planet One Ocean’ conference in Barcelona, Spain – Part 2

This is a continuation of my blog on the several themes that emerged at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference, entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean’. Oceanic plastics. The realization that 28 million pieces of plastic enter the ocean every day was staggering. This includes macro plastics that accumulate in oceanic gyres, and tragically in the bellies of sea […]

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December 4, 2014

Ocean research perspectives gleaned from ‘One Planet One Ocean’ conference in Barcelona, Spain – Part 1

There were several themes that emerged at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference, entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean’. The status and future of oceanic fisheries were a major theme, both with plenary speakers and in panel discussions. Another theme was the emerging threat of plastics in the ocean, both the macroplastics that form floating ‘garbage […]

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December 2, 2014

How is your ecosystem doing? Advances in the use and understanding of ecosystem indicators workshop

As part of the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Lynne Shannon (University of Cape Town) and I organized a pre-conference workshop on ecosystem indicators. This workshop proved to be a valuable opportunity to explore the development and use of ecosystem indicators. The workshop summary is as follows: How is your ecosystem doing? […]

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November 25, 2014

One Planet One Ocean conference in Barcelona, Spain

I attended the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean’ in Barcelona, Spain 16-21 Nov 2014. I was a co-organizer for a workshop ‘How is your ecosystem doing? Advances in the use and understanding of ecosystem indicators’ and presented an invited talk, ‘Science communication strategies and environmental report cards for effective coastal […]

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November 20, 2014

State of the South Atlantic Ecosystems kickoff workshop

Jane Hawkey, Caroline Donovan, and I had a fantastic visit to Raleigh, NC, where we are working with the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC) develop a State of the South Atlantic Ecosystems Assessment. Over the last two years or so, the SALCC has been developing a set of indicators that reflect on conservation priorities […]

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November 11, 2014

Four interesting books from the 2014 International Riversymposium: River Journeys 3, Chasing Water, Blue Mind, and Finnley’s Great Escape

One of the interesting things that came out of attending the 17th Annual International Riversymposium was the opportunity to learn about several new relevant books. Last year at the 16th Annual International Riversymposium, I launched the IAN Press eBook ‘Dancing with Dugongs: Having fun and developing a practical philosophy for environmental teaching and research‘ that […]

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