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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 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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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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September 9, 2014

Insights on story-telling from the salmon in the tree

I first heard the story of the salmon in the tree while visiting in Haida Gwaii this summer. Haida Gwaii is a set of islands along the northwest coast of North America that is home to the Haida people, one of several nations of the aboriginal people that have existed here for about 10,000 years. […]

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July 22, 2014

Kicking off the Louisiana Discovery Integration and Application program in Baton Rouge

Robert Twilley, Director of Louisiana Sea Grant, has initiated a nine month fellowship program called LA DIA, which is an acronym that stands for Louisiana Discovery Integration and Application. Conveniently, this also translates in French and Spanish to “The Day”. Bill Nuttle and I from the Integration and Application Network (note the similar name) traveled […]

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July 11, 2013

Awakening Environmental Passion

‘Awakening Environmental Passion’ refers to tapping the environmental passion created when people publicly say “I care about this place”. This caring about a place comes from the heart, and environmental passion can create the motivation to accomplish change (hands) and persist to face of adversity (head). These heart, hands and head aspects of awakening environmental […]

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June 18, 2013

Scaling Up: Future of Environmental Decisions workshop

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) organized two simultaneous workshops for a) senior undergraduate and beginning graduate students in ecology and b) early career academic ecologists for a one-week training workshop during the week of 2-7 June 2013. The workshops were based at the Maritime Institute in Baltimore, Maryland and the National Science Foundation provided […]

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June 13, 2013

Singing the Chesapeake Bay Blues

As part of the Scaling Up: Future of Environmental Decisions workshop (2-7 June 2013), I wrote “Singing the Chesapeake Bay Blues”. Apologies to my colleague Howard Ernst, who wrote an excellent book “Chesapeake Bay Blues“, for adopting his book title into the song. This workshop was sponsored by the Ecological Society of America, with National […]

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April 29, 2013

Environmental Report Cards: protecting our environment together

What is a report card? In a world filled with knowledge, how can you find a way to share ecological knowledge among different groups of people? Literature? Books? Newspapers? How about report cards? Ecological report cards are important tool for integrating diverse data types into simple scores that can be communicated to decision-makers and the […]

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April 15, 2013

From the Toxic Algal Blooms of Australia’s Coast to the Oil-soaked Shores of the Gulf of Mexico: The Role of Science in Environmental Crisis

Environmental crises exist on a continuum varying on the size of the affected area, severity and longevity of effects, level mitigation required, and socioeconomic impacts, all influencing the level of public involvement. Despite the need for immediate action, it is the role of the scientist to ensure adherence to the scientific method. The “Brown Tide” […]

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