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August 3, 2017

What makes a port city iconic?

What makes a port city iconic? Geography, history, sense of place, water everywhere, economic engines, melting pots and vistas. My first visit to Rio de Janeiro convinced me to include this harbor city in my short list of iconic global ports. My previous personal list for amazing harbor cities was the following: New York City […]

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July 20, 2017

In the Footsteps of Gengis Khan in the Mongolian Steppe: Part 2

Downstream Tuul River On the second day of field trips before our Tuul River report card workshop, we headed downstream to visit two mines: one recently built with a history of environmental protections, the other an old soviet mine with no apparent environmental regulation. On our way, we passed out of the commercial downtown district […]

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May 4, 2017

Life after graduate school: It’s time to celebrate! Jump-start your career by celebrating your achievements and starting early

Stephanie Barletta and Hao Wang Look at how far you’ve come and how much you’ve done! Look back at yourself with pride, look to your future with hope – but most importantly – it’s time to celebrate! Celebrate with your friends, family, loved ones, and most importantly, with your future employers! (Wait- what? Let’s take […]

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April 27, 2017

Making the Grade

Annie Carew and Qiurui Zhu We’ve spent a lot of time this semester discussing the intersection between science and the public – how can we communicate the importance and urgency of our science without alarming or confusing people? This week, we discussed environmental report cards, which could provide a solution to this tricky balancing act […]

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April 10, 2017

Atlantic Estuarine Research Society meeting at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

The Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) meeting was held on 16-18 March 2017 at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. AERS was the first scientific society focused on estuaries, formed in 1948. Other regional societies sprang up and a consortium of regional societies was formed, called the Estuarine Research Federation, formed in 1971 (later renamed Coastal […]

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March 27, 2017

Celebrating the life of Erica Herling Kropp (1950-2016)

On 22 February 2017, a large group of friends and co-workers gathered at the University of Maryland College Park to celebrate the life of an extraordinary person, Erica Herling Kropp. Erica worked in a research support role for 43 years for the University System of Maryland. Her first stint was for 32 years at College […]

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March 16, 2017

You’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet: Balancing differing worldviews and appealing to stakeholders in environmental management

Dylan Taillie and Annie Carew This past week in our Science for Environmental Management class, students read about three case studies on large, complex ecosystems: New York Harbor, the Mississippi Deltaic Plain and the Great Barrier Reef. Although varying systems, we found commonalities in the issues that many of them face and these commonalities framed much […]

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March 14, 2017

Talking about Transdisciplinary research in Paris

I attended a ‘Transdisciplinary Research Meeting’, sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), which is part of UNESCO, and is based in Paris. The meeting was at the ICSU facility near the Arc de Triomphe. Our local host was Vivi Stavrou, from the International Social Science Council (ISSC). Participants came from four continents (North and […]

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March 9, 2017

Rapport over Reports: Next-Generation Science Communicators Learn from Policy Experts on the Front Lines

Ginni La Rosa and Katie Martin Last Friday, February 3rd, UMCES students in the Science for Environmental Management class from multiple campuses across the state gathered together at the IAN synthesis office in Annapolis to speak with two experienced practitioners on the frontier of science and policy decisions. Ben Grumbles was confirmed as Secretary of the Maryland […]

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March 2, 2017

The Chesapeake Bay and the Baltic Sea: Adapting to Changing Climates in the New World and the Old

Katie Martin and Hadley McIntosh In J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and Wendy, Neverland is a fantastical land—an escape from passing time and reality1. Is returning to the Chesapeake Bay of old with lower turbidity and nutrient levels and a seemingly unlimited oyster and crab harvest an equally unrealistic fantasy? The “Return to Neverland” scenario, coined […]

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