January 31, 2017

Ecological drought in the Southeast U.S.: Forest fires, supermoon and new age libraries

Simon Costanzo, Brianne Walsh and I traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina to meet with scientists associated with the USGS Southeast Climate Science Center to talk about ecological drought on 16-17 November 2016. Fittingly, there were forest fires raging in the Great Smoky Mountains as a result of a prolonged drought as we held the workshop. […]

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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 24, 2017

New York Harbor water quality

On 12 January 2017, I visited Beau Ranheim, the Section Chief of Marine Sciences, New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Beau was a graduate student in the Ed Carpenter/Doug Capone laboratory at Stony Brook University when I was a postdoc in the same laboratory. After Beau finished his Master’s program at Stony Brook, he […]

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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 12, 2017

Integrating system dynamics modeling and report cards workshop

On 9-11 November 2016, a workshop entitled “Integrating systems modeling and report card development to improve basin health & manage trade-offs” was held in Annapolis, Maryland. The systems modeling and the report card approach have a shared philosophy of stakeholder engagement as being the foundation to improving river health globally. Both approaches are also driven […]

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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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January 6, 2017

Belmont Forum Workshop Songs

As part of our Belmont Forum synthesis workshop, we sang a song at the end of each day. At the end of the first day after we had listened to the descriptions of diverse and fascinating projects, it was quite apparent that we were dealing with real research stars. This led to the adaptation of […]

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January 3, 2017

Belmont Forum Synthesis Meeting 10-12 December 2016 San Francisco, CA – Synthesis of first project results

Bill Dennison, Vanessa Vargas, and I traveled to San Francisco, California from 10 to 12 of December 2016 to help our partners Martin LeTissier, and Shona Paterson at Future Earth’s Coasts, to facilitate a meeting of a select group of Belmont Forum project leaders. The Belmont Forum is a consortium of national-level research funders that […]

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December 23, 2016

IAN attends CommOcean 2016 in Bruges, Belgium

On December 6th to 7th 2016, Heath Kelsey and I represented the Integration and Application Network (IAN) at the 2nd International Marine Science Communication Conference (CommOcean) in Bruges, Belgium. The conference took place at the Provincial Court on the Market Square in the heart of the medieval Bruges, a historic UNESCO heritage site. It was […]

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