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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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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 11, 2014

Failte gu Alba! (Welcome to Scotland!)

Participating in the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) 3rd Annual Conference, August 14-18 2014 at Glasgow, Scotland I traveled to the International Marine Conservation Congress’ (IMCC) conference in Scotland in part because I wanted to visit Scotland – land of Scottish brogues, whisky, and wild, mountainous landscapes! But, more so because marine conservation is a […]

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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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