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December 16, 2014

Within Our Reach provides insights into engaging communities and restoration of the Willamette River

Tracey Saxby and I were in Corvallis, Oregon this week for the “Within Our Reach” conference on Willamette River restoration. The conference is supported by the Myer Memorial Trust (MMT) and is the brainchild of Pam Wiley, the Willamette River Initiative Director for MMT. IAN has been working with MMT for several years now, beginning with […]

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December 11, 2014

Traveling around Barcelona, Spain during the One Planet One Ocean conference

As part of the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean‘, I had the opportunity to travel around Barcelona. This was my first trip to Catalonia and Barcelona and I found it to be a fascinating city with amazing things to see, eat and drink. I will highlight some of the features […]

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December 9, 2014

Ocean research perspectives gleaned from ‘One Planet One Ocean’ conference in Barcelona, Spain – Part 2

This is a continuation of my blog on the several themes that emerged at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference, entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean’. Oceanic plastics. The realization that 28 million pieces of plastic enter the ocean every day was staggering. This includes macro plastics that accumulate in oceanic gyres, and tragically in the bellies of sea […]

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December 4, 2014

Ocean research perspectives gleaned from ‘One Planet One Ocean’ conference in Barcelona, Spain – Part 1

There were several themes that emerged at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference, entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean’. The status and future of oceanic fisheries were a major theme, both with plenary speakers and in panel discussions. Another theme was the emerging threat of plastics in the ocean, both the macroplastics that form floating ‘garbage […]

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December 2, 2014

How is your ecosystem doing? Advances in the use and understanding of ecosystem indicators workshop

As part of the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Lynne Shannon (University of Cape Town) and I organized a pre-conference workshop on ecosystem indicators. This workshop proved to be a valuable opportunity to explore the development and use of ecosystem indicators. The workshop summary is as follows: How is your ecosystem doing? […]

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November 25, 2014

One Planet One Ocean conference in Barcelona, Spain

I attended the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean’ in Barcelona, Spain 16-21 Nov 2014. I was a co-organizer for a workshop ‘How is your ecosystem doing? Advances in the use and understanding of ecosystem indicators’ and presented an invited talk, ‘Science communication strategies and environmental report cards for effective coastal […]

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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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November 6, 2014

Enhancing diversity in environmental sciences through the NOAA Educational Partnerships Program

The 7th biennial Education and Science Forum sponsored by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Educational Partnerships Program (NOAA-EPP) was held on the beautiful campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) during some spectacular autumn weather (Oct 24-26). I attended this forum with the theme; “Developing a Premier Future STEM Workforce to Support Environmental Sustainability” […]

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November 4, 2014

The sound, the bay, and a volcano: National discussions around resiliency to coastal hazards

What do volcanoes, floodplains, conversations, hops, a Sound, the Bay, and sea level rise all have in common? The Association of State Floodplain Manager’s annual conference in Seattle included every one. Even the hops. Since getting into the world of coastal management from the perspective of climate change and sea level rise, it has been […]

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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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