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September 14, 2017

Walt Whitman and The Celebration of Nature

I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. This is how Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” begins. With 52 sections, it is the longest poem in his book Leaves of Grass, and it is considered to be his […]

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January 8, 2016

The importance of narrative in science communication

I recently posted a blog about Randy Olson’s new book, “Houston, we have a narrative: Why science needs story“. I contacted Randy about his book and learned that he is experiencing push back from some quarters, including some scientists. I would like to point out that Randy is not the only person to promote the […]

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September 18, 2015

Building coastal resilience through stories

Coastal scientists have an important role helping communities become more resilient by telling people what changes can be expected from climate change and sea level rise. But, how can you tell people about change that is coming, in a way that makes it tangible for people and motivates them to act, when the extent of […]

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July 14, 2015

Diving into NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program

Even before Charles Darwin wrote about coral reef atolls in his 1842 “The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs,” humans have been fascinated by coral reefs. Corals and coral reefs are connected to the spiritual rituals of indigenous populations. They also provide food, shelter, and support livelihoods (through fishing and ecotourism) of many people around […]

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June 11, 2015

Northern Australia floodplains research workshop in Brisbane

I met Jane Hawkey in Brisbane May 18-19 to facilitate a synthesis workshop on floodplains research in Northern Australia under the National Environment Research Program Northern Hub (NERP Northern). Our goal is to piece together the larger story being told by individual research components. As always, it was exciting to learn more about a new […]

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June 4, 2015

Invasive grasses pose a threat to natural and cultural resources in Kakadu National Park

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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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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May 10, 2015

Science for Environmental Management 2015 poem

Fifteen students from four campuses met each week After watching YouTube lectures and reading a lot Our class time flew by, did it not Facilitators led the discussion, insights they did seek.   And the rapporteur provided the discussion summary So that the author could draft up a synthesis blog Clarifying the topic by avoiding […]

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April 21, 2015

Scientists in Media: “Give me a microphone, and I shall waken the world”

Wenfei Ni, Martina Gonzalez Mateu, Stephanie Siemek Taking a last glance of the materials on the table, Rona Kobell from the Bay Journal adjusted her glasses, and asked clearly, “Why is anyone still fishing in the Anacostia River anyway if it is very polluted? “It is because lots of urban families nearby just go fishing […]

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