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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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June 19, 2014

Dancing with Dugongs video

As an experiment in producing short videos describing Integration and Application Network products, we developed a video for the first eBook produced by IAN. The book is titled ‘Dancing with Dugongs: Having fun and developing a practical philosophy for environmental teaching and research‘. We shot this video on a chilly spring day on the Choptank […]

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July 18, 2013

Ten recommendations for effectively communicating science: Part 2

This blog is the second part to a two-part series of ten recommendations for effectively communicating science. Listed are five recommendations on ways to effectively communicate science. Recommendation 6. Build relationships that will make science communication more effective We have found that building key relationships with decision makers and their staff is important in delivering […]

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July 16, 2013

Recommendations for effectively communicating science: Part 1

This blog is the first part to a two-part series of ten recommendations for effectively communicating science. Listed are five recommendations to effectively communicate science to your audience. Recommendation 1. Communicate science unto others as you would have them communicate unto you Probably everyone who has attended school has been subjected to some really BAD […]

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February 29, 2012

Brisbane 2011: Living with Floods and Dancing with Dugongs: Part 15- Questions from the Seminar

QUESTION: One of the things we have been noticing through the Healthy Country project is there has been a complete lack of people coming up through the system that have the skills and the capacity actually, more or less, to do what we needed. Your advice that it is necessary for us to make this […]

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February 27, 2012

Brisbane 2011: Living with Floods and Dancing with Dugongs: Part 14- The Dugong Rock

The seminar was rounded off by some dancing with Dewey the Dugong, thanks to Dr. Peter Oliver who wrote and performed ‘Dugong Rock’. Peter also inspired the dancing with his Dugong Rock competition. Also, thanks to Dr. Tanzi Smith, a former University of Queensland student now working in the Mary River Catchment, who drove Dewey […]

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February 24, 2012

Brisbane 2011: Living with Floods and Dancing with Dugongs: Part 13- Conclusion

I want to wrap up with a little bit of vision towards the future and a ray of hope and optimism. And that comes from an analysis I did of the history of paradigm shifts that have occurred in societies starting in the 1500’s. There is a great book, “Human accomplishment: the pursuit of excellence […]

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February 22, 2012

Brisbane 2011: Living with Floods and Dancing with Dugongs: Part 12- Charismatic Environmental Initiatives

Globally, seagrasses are a good indicator of ecosystem health, and so we have gone and put a global database together and started analyzing this and we’ve written a bunch of papers. This is one of the graphics from a paper showing that there is a preponderance of seagrass area data in North America, Europe and […]

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February 20, 2012

Brisbane 2011: Living with Floods and Dancing with Dugongs: Part 11- Monitoring of the Moreton Bay

So let’s look at Moreton Bay. The Brisbane River catchment soils were heavily eroded, and several folks from Healthy Country helped us assemble this story. We saw large-scale sediment erosion, and we can see boulders that rolled down the stream like pebbles. In some places the granitic bedrock was eroded thirty centimeters, taking the soil […]

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February 17, 2012

Brisbane 2011: Living with Floods and Dancing with Dugongs: Part 10- Progress in Monitoring and Management

That was the ‘Living with Floods’ part of the talk, and now I would like to transition to the second part, which is to talk about the impacts of this flood and the impacts on the natural resources, which translate into Moreton Bay. And I’m going to start with a story about the Chesapeake Bay. […]

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