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July 7, 2015

New York Harbor NSF STEM Project Design Week, Part 2

On Friday, June 19th, Judy O’Neil, Suzi Spitzer and I had our final exciting stop on a three-day trip to New York City that so far had been lively, productive, and engaging.  This was the day of the inaugural BOP STEM Symposium out at Governors Island, what was to be a massive gathering of middle […]

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July 2, 2015

New York Harbor NSF STEM Project Design Week, Part 1

On June 17th and 18th, Judy O’Neil, Simon Costanzo, Suzi Spitzer and I traveled north to New York City to attend a series of meetings and events leading up to the inaugural Billion Oyster Project Symposium. This very productive trip will be split into two blog posts, one for the first two days of events, […]

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June 2, 2015

Water, food webs, and production on the Kakadu floodplains

As part of our synthesis of research findings related to National Environment Research Programme (NERP) work on Kakadu National Park floodplains, I am interviewing scientists to begin distilling the key messages for the synthesis story. These researchers are contributing to the developing picture of the connections between the floodplains, water movement, and important natural and […]

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May 28, 2015

Fish and energy movement in Kakadu National Park

This is the first of a series of blogs intended to begin synthesizing the key messages from Kakadu National Park floodplains research conducted as part of the National Environment Research Programme (NERP). When you put the many pieces together, the story that emerges is all about connections. The floodplain ecosystem including the rivers, water holes, […]

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February 10, 2015

Ecosystem Based Management: The challenge of change

Martina Gonzalez Mateu, Adrianne Michaelis, Suzi Spitzer Increasing knowledge about ecosystem dynamics over the past several decades has allowed us to make positive changes in our approach to resource management. In the past, management goals primarily focused on protecting single species, and tried to restore ecosystems to historical states that were considered desirable. This management […]

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January 29, 2015

USAUS-H2O Annapolis-Washington D.C. workshop

As the final element of launching Phase 2 of the USAUS-H2O virtual environmental exchange program between eight high schools in Australia and eight high schools in the U.S., we held a teacher workshop for U.S. teachers in Annapolis and Washington, D.C. Judy O’Neil is the lead investigator of this project, assisted by Cindy Heil from […]

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January 22, 2015

Launching the Chesapeake Bay Story website: Telling fact-based stories about Chesapeake Bay health

In a partnership with the Maryland state government, the Integration and Application Network developed a new website to tell fact-based stories about the health of Chesapeake Bay. This website (chesapeakebaystory.umces.edu) uses water quality, fisheries and habitat data, various maps and graphs, and scientific publications to inform a narrative version of the historical trends of Chesapeake […]

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January 13, 2015

“Seagrasses of the World” revisited: “A Guide to Southern Temperate Seagrasses” published

Seagrass science was largely influenced by the seminal book “Seagrass of the World“, written by Cornelis den Hartog in 1970. Professor den Hartog is a spritely Dutch botanist, now in his 80s, who also was the founding editor of the journal Aquatic Botany in 1975. This 270 pp. book was published by North-Holland Publishing Co. […]

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January 8, 2015

Exploring New York Harbor: Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge

As part of our involvement in the Billion Oyster Project, I am learning about New York Harbor. I read “The Great Bridge: The epic story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge” by David McCollough. It was a wonderful read, providing historical context and delving into the fascinating story of the three Roeblings who were […]

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December 18, 2014

A visit to the New York Aquarium: Seeing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

As part of our collaborative Harbor School project with the Billion Oyster Project–Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) team, I visited the New York Aquarium in December 2014, two years following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The Aquarium is run by the Wildlife Conservation Society who also run four New York City zoos (Bronx Zoo, […]

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