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March 4, 2014

New Insights report: Converting geeky science into understandable stories

In collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Program and US Geological Survey (USGS), we released a report entitled “New Insights: Science-based evidence of water quality improvements, challenges, and opportunities in the Chesapeake“. The release was conducted at the Chesapeake Bay Program in Annapolis on 25 February 2014 . We produced a 52 pp. full color report […]

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December 12, 2013

The Economics of the Ocean: Discussing the Baltic Sea and Chesapeake Bay at the House of Sweden

The Swedish embassy organized a two day conference, “The Economics of the Ocean“, which occurred at the House of Sweden, located at the confluence of Rock Creek and the Potomac River. The House of Sweden conference room was all windows, with superb views of the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, the Francis Scott Key bridge, Roosevelt Island, […]

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October 17, 2013

Take the baysurvey!: Learning about stewardship behaviors for Chesapeake Bay restoration

The Integration and Application Network has teamed up with Opinion Works LLC, an Annapolis based group of researchers interested in understanding behaviors related to environmental policies. This effort is funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and is part of the effort by the Mid-Atlantic Tributary Assessment Coalition of various watershed groups to effect better watershed […]

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August 6, 2013

Let’s Start By Talking About Ecosystem Services

We all have a stake in sustaining functional ecosystems When ecologists and economists began talking about ecosystem services in the 1990s it was to make a stronger argument for restoring and preserving natural systems. The idea that nature provides the life-support system of the planet, cleaning and recycling the air and water and providing us […]

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July 9, 2013

Do not go gently into that black abyss of Chesapeake Bay monitoring cuts

At the June Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting and at the Science and Technical Analysis and Reporting (STAR) meeting, we were presented with the scenarios of a $1.1-1.2 million dollar cut to the Chesapeake Bay monitoring program. This would be a nearly 25% reduction of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding for the […]

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July 3, 2013

Enhancing the Chesapeake Bay report card with new indicators and new methods

On 27 June 2013, Caroline Wicks presented the STAR seminar in anticipation of the 2012 Chesapeake Bay report card release. The seminar was entitled ‘Enhancing the Chesapeake Bay report card with new indicators and new methods‘. Please upgrade your browser In capturing the discussion following the seminar, I have converted the discussion into a series […]

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June 13, 2013

Singing the Chesapeake Bay Blues

As part of the Scaling Up: Future of Environmental Decisions workshop (2-7 June 2013), I wrote “Singing the Chesapeake Bay Blues”. Apologies to my colleague Howard Ernst, who wrote an excellent book “Chesapeake Bay Blues“, for adopting his book title into the song. This workshop was sponsored by the Ecological Society of America, with National […]

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June 11, 2013

Discussing jellyfish with scientific colleagues and Diane Rehm

On 4 June 2013, I joined a panel on the National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show at the WAMU studio in Washington, D.C. to talk about jellyfish. Diane had Lisa-Ann Gershwin, a jellyfish taxonomist who wrote the book “Stung: On jellyfish blooms and the future of the oceans” on the show. Jack Cover, general curator […]

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June 4, 2013

Farming and Chesapeake Bay: Initiating a dialog with the Vansville Farmers Club

The Vansville Farmers Club was formed in 1884 as a successor to the Maryland Agricultural Society at the home of James D. Cassard. Club members meet at each other’s farms on a monthly basis, tour the facilities and share practices with each other. The Vansville Farmers Club created the first Farmers’ Institute that developed into […]

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May 28, 2013

Commemorating Bob Menzer at Marine Estuarine and Environmental Sciences

On May 16, Marine Estuarine and Environmental Sciences (MEES) students, faculty and alumni gathered in the newly renovated HJ Patterson Hall on the University of Maryland College Park campus in honor of Dr. Robert E. “Bob” Menzer. The occasion was the formal opening of the new Robert E. Menzer Classroom and Central Administration suite. Two […]

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