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February 12, 2015

Environmental Literacy for the tropical Northern Territory, Australia

As part of our ongoing project with Charles Darwin University to synthesize the research on the flood plains of Kakadu National Park, we review the fundamentals of the environment and characteristics of the region, specifically the coastal tropical areas in the northern part of the territory. The Northern Territory is the third largest state or […]

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January 29, 2015

USAUS-H2O Annapolis-Washington D.C. workshop

As the final element of launching Phase 2 of the USAUS-H2O virtual environmental exchange program between eight high schools in Australia and eight high schools in the U.S., we held a teacher workshop for U.S. teachers in Annapolis and Washington, D.C. Judy O’Neil is the lead investigator of this project, assisted by Cindy Heil from […]

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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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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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October 23, 2014

2014 International Riversymposium

Simon Costanzo, Heath Kelsey, Dave Loewensteiner, Judy O’Neil, Jane Thomas and I attended the 17th Annual International Riversymposium in Canberra, Australia, 15-18 September 2014. The theme of this year’s symposium was ‘Large River Basins’ which was quite topical for the IAN team completing the draft Mississippi River report card. The location of the symposium in […]

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September 23, 2014

Thiess International Riverprize finalists for 2014

The four Thiess International Riverprize finalists provided inspirational examples of creative solutions for river protection and restoration. The winner of the 2014 Riverprize was the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine, a group of committed and passionate individuals who have transformed the “Sewer of Europe” into a river with high water quality, migratory […]

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September 18, 2014

The importance of university child care: Attending the dedication of Munro Center, University of Queensland

During our ten-year stint at the University of Queensland, we were fortunate to have access to high quality on-campus child care. This child care was a decisive factor in maintaining dual careers for my wife Judy O’Neil and for me. As well, our children developed lifelong friendships at the two child care facilities: Munro Centre […]

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September 16, 2014

USAUS-H2O Canberra workshop

In order to kick off Phase 2 of the USAUS-H2O virtual environmental exchange program between eight high schools in Australia and eight high schools in the U.S., we held a teacher workshop in Canberra, Australia. Judy O’Neil, Simon Costanzo and I traveled to Canberra, the capital city of Australia where our partners from Charles Darwin […]

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February 27, 2014

A New IAN Science Communication Course on Ecosystem Health Report Cards in Adelaide, Australia

Alex Fries and I had the chance to travel to Adelaide, Australia to deliver a two-day Science Communication Course to the South Australia Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources (DEWNR). The course focused on Ecosystem Health Report Cards. DEWNR is currently creating state-wide report cards in the marine, freshwater, terrestrial, and atmospheric environments, reporting […]

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February 25, 2014

A visit to the Australian Institute of Marine Science

My first visit to the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) was in 1985, when I joined Doig Capone and Linda Duguay on a collaborative project sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation. I was on a Coastal Marine Scholar postdoctoral fellowship at the Marine Sciences Research Center (now the School of a Marine and […]

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