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June 23, 2017

Annual IAN Retreat at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

The Integration and Application Network annual retreat was held at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center on Kent Narrows on May 31. Two dozen IAN staff spent the day introducing themselves to each other, discussing the IAN report card and the IAN brand. This annual gathering includes our University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and […]

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May 9, 2017

Chesapeake Bay report card released in Baltimore

I was joined by our Master of Ceremonies, Don Boesch (President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science), Ben Cardin (the senior United States senator from Maryland), Nick DiPasquale (Director of the Chesapeake Bay Program), Ben Grumbles (Maryland Secretary of Environment), and Mark Belton (Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources) in presenting the 2016 Chesapeake […]

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April 26, 2017

Dogfish, farmland and toast – what’s culture got to do with them?

Alec Armstrong, David Miles Nature is part or product of culture, as our class discussed last week. When we say “nature” we invoke some mixture of values, knowledge, experiences, and stories to order our relationships with things in our universe. But how can culture be described and measured? This week we discussed two anthropological approaches […]

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February 27, 2017

Report cards aren’t just for school anymore

Rebecca Wenker and Wilmelie Cruz Marrero After spending a few classes discussing what coupled systems actually are, how they are created, used, managed, and maintained, and various examples of successes and failures, this week we moved onto a topic that has long struck fear into the hearts of students – assessment. More specifically, we delved […]

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February 13, 2017

The Chesapeake Sentinels

A new paper on Chesapeake Bay Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) was published last week by colleagues from the Virginia Institute of the Marine Science (VIMS) and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, led by Jon Lefcheck (VIMS). This paper, entitled “Multiple stressors threaten the imperiled coastal foundation species eelgrass (Zostera marina) in Chesapeake Bay, […]

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February 6, 2017

Lessons on how to synthesize science

We recently completed our third SAV SYN workshop, which is an effort to synthesize (SYN) data related to the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) of Chesapeake Bay. We have been analyzing a variety of data sets to better understand how SAV are responding to changes in the Bay and to understand what we can infer about […]

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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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November 17, 2016

Pursuing prioritization in Pennsylvania: The magic of more monitoring

On October 13th, Caroline Donovan and I traveled to Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA for the Prioritization Workshop. This workshop was held as part of the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC) project that UMCES is a partner of as well as Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Izaak Walton League of America, and the Alliance for Aquatic […]

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