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July 24, 2014

Large Marine Ecosystems – An Australian in Paris

Recently IAN was asked to attend and present at the 16th Consultative Committee Meeting on Large Marine Ecosystems and Coastal Partners in Paris, France. I was lucky enough to be the one from IAN chosen to participate and I absolutely loved it! It’s unusual these days to attend a meeting and not know anyone, but […]

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April 3, 2014

Atlantic Estuarine Research Society conference in Ocean City, Maryland

On March 28-29, 150 scientists gathered in Ocean City for a day and a half of talks, posters, eating and drinking, ice skating and swimming (indoors). The Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) is the original group of estuarine scientists, formed in 1949, which has been replicated first nationally and increasingly globally which has evolved into […]

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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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November 27, 2013

Presentation dialog

Bill has important scientific data AND it is highly relevant BUT he is boring the audience THEREFORE Randy interrupts to improve Bill’s presentation… Following the science communication session at the CERF 2013 conference, I was inspired to write this script of an imaginary conversation between me and Randy Olson. I know Randy from when we […]

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November 19, 2013

Discussing science communication at CERF2013

We had a large contingent of IAN folks attend the 22nd Biennial Conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation conference in San Diego, California. The conference was titled “Toward resilient coasts and estuaries, science for sustainable solutions”. Bill Nuttle, Health Kelsey, Caroline Wicks and I co-chaired a session “Science communication strategies for ecosystem-based management”. […]

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November 14, 2013

Aegean Sea field trip: Egyptian sand, seagrass, marine sanctuaries, cruising

We drove from our Marmarsis hotel on the south side of the Marmasis peninsula fronting the Mediterranean Sea to Akyaka, over to the north side of the Marmasis peninsula to fronting the Aegean Sea. Akyaka was a cute little seaside village. The most striking thing that I noticed on the drive was the abundance of […]

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November 12, 2013

MEDCOAST 2013 and EMECS 10 conference: Turkish baths, Red Sox baseball, new colleagues

The Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS) was established to share knowledge between the Seto Inland Sea, Japan, Chesapeake Bay, U.S.A., the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. MEDCOAST is the Mediterranean Coastal Foundation, which has been working toward the sound coastal management practices in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea countries. These organizations […]

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January 9, 2013

Establishing a Darwin-IAN approach: Charles Darwin University and the Integration and Application Network

We said good-bye to Drs. Michael Douglas (‘Dougo’) and Samantha Setterfield (‘Sam’) from Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia last week. Dougo and Sam joined the Integration and Application Network in August 2012 as part of their sabbatical. Dougo was in the U.S. as a Fulbright Scholar and he and Sam spent a […]

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December 20, 2012

Willamette Through Film festival

I attended the biennial Within Our Reach conference, held on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Oregon. The conference kicked off with a film night, “Willamette Through Film“. Three short films were shown in a chronological sequence. The first film from 1939 was sponsored by the Isaac Walton League. They didn’t have enough money […]

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March 28, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 12 – Questions From the Seminar

QUESTION: Hi, Adam from the Department of Environment. Thanks for the presentation. One of the key messages I got which was really cool was that you think that it’s important to synthesize as you go through the research. I want to know the challenges in terms of synthesizing and sharing knowledge and data before publishing. […]

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