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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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November 18, 2014

Growing minds through growing oysters

In late October 2014, I travelled to New York City to represent IAN at the media launch of a new National Science Foundation (NSF) project based in New York Harbor and led by PACE University. It’s a pretty big deal to receive major funding from the NSF and this is the first NSF project 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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September 18, 2014

The importance of university child care: Attending the dedication of Munro Center, University of Queensland

During our ten-year stint at the University of Queensland, we were fortunate to have access to high quality on-campus child care. This child care was a decisive factor in maintaining dual careers for my wife Judy O’Neil and for me. As well, our children developed lifelong friendships at the two child care facilities: Munro Centre […]

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September 16, 2014

USAUS-H2O Canberra workshop

In order to kick off 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 in Canberra, Australia. Judy O’Neil, Simon Costanzo and I traveled to Canberra, the capital city of Australia where our partners from Charles Darwin […]

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