Home » Science Communication

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? […]

Continue Reading »

February 2, 2017

Carolina in my Mind

At the end of the Ecodrought workshop in Raliegh, North Carolina, I sang the song ‘Carolina in my Mind‘, adapted from song of the same name written by a North Carolina native, James Taylor. The people named in my version of the song are Cari Furiness, North Carolina State University, Ryan Boyles and Jerry McMahon, […]

Continue Reading »

November 17, 2015

Modern cave drawings and story-telling using PowerPoint

I made a presentation in the CERF 2015 session entitled “Successful Science Story-Telling for Coastal Resilience”. My presentation was titled “Telling new stories about resiliences of Chesapeake Bay, Mississippi River and the Great Barrier Reef”. My initial slide contrasted story-telling vs. logical-scientific, and referenced the research studies that have shown that story-telling increases comprehension, interest […]

Continue Reading »

December 11, 2014

Traveling around Barcelona, Spain during the One Planet One Ocean conference

As part of the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean‘, I had the opportunity to travel around Barcelona. This was my first trip to Catalonia and Barcelona and I found it to be a fascinating city with amazing things to see, eat and drink. I will highlight some of the features […]

Continue Reading »

March 25, 2014

Long Island Sound ‘listening tour’ to initiate environmental report cards: Part 1

Bill Nuttle, Caroline Wicks, Anthony Kung and I circumnavigated Long Island Sound, crossing it at both ends (over the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge on the western end and aboard the Cross Sound Ferry on the eastern end), and drove through most of the Connecticut coast and the length of Long Island. We visited five […]

Continue Reading »

March 20, 2014

Seagrasses and a little girl lost their greatest champion: Evamaria Koch (1961-2014)

Evamaria Koch died last week from lung cancer. Lung cancer in non-smokers is particularly aggressive and Eva was not diagnosed until the disease had taken hold. She was very guarded about her condition, so most of her friends and colleagues were shocked to learn of her death. Eva was born to German parents in Brazil […]

Continue Reading »

October 20, 2013

John Bertram’s legacy

John Bertram passed away last week in Brisbane, Australia. John and Sue Bertram were two of the first people that Judy and I met when I joined the Botany Department in 1992. John and Sue were one of the reasons I so very much enjoyed my decade at the University of Queensland. John was the […]

Continue Reading »

November 26, 2012

Peter Oliver reflections

The sad news that Dr. Peter Oliver passed away on 20 November 2012 arrived during our week of Thanksgiving. There was some solace in learning that after many months of medical insults (e.g., chemotherapy, radiation therapy, etc.), Peter’s last moments were not painful. We also can give thanks for having had the wonderful opportunity of […]

Continue Reading »

August 27, 2012

Peter Oliver’s retirement sermon; Greek philosophers, jelly babies, wicked problems and dugongs

Peter Oliver gave his final lecture entitled “Effectively communicating wicked problems–emotion, ethics, action and those funny little things called facts” at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The lecture was originally scheduled to be held at the University of Queensland, but the interest was too high and Peter’s desire was to have people seated at […]

Continue Reading »

August 24, 2012

Peter Oliver’s retirement lecture

Dr. Peter Oliver gave his “Retirement Lecture” at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland, Australia on 23 August 2012. I provided the introduction to Peter’s lecture and the text of that introduction is what comprises this blog post. Peter provided a thought provoking, funny and well delivered talk, with audience participation and interaction. […]

Continue Reading »

Older Posts »