Home » Management

October 31, 2013

Coastal Louisiana song book: Reflections on reviewing the 2012 Master Plan

Over a period of a couple of years, I co-chaired the Science and Engineering Board of the 2012 Master Plan for Coastal Louisiana. The other members of the SEB were the following: Charles “Chip” Groat (co-chair), Greg Baecher, Ed Barbier, Philip Berke, Mark Brinson, Virginia Burkett, Robert “Tony” Dalrymple, Jos Dijkman, Katherine Ewel and Ed […]

Continue Reading »


July 30, 2013

Maryland Climate Change Summit

Several hundred people gathered at the Maritime Institute conference facility in Baltimore for the Maryland Climate Change Summit on July 25. The Summit was kicked off with a talk by Governor Martin O’Malley to a standing room only audience.

Continue Reading »


July 25, 2013

Maryland releases a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

The first five sentences of Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan summarize what we need to know and do. 1) Climate change is real. 2) Scientists agree. 3) It’s happening now. 4) It’s harmful and human caused. 5) We can make a difference through our actions. These simple statements are backed up with a wealth of […]

Continue Reading »


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 […]

Continue Reading »


June 4, 2013

Farming and Chesapeake Bay: Initiating a dialog with the Vansville Farmers Club

The Vansville Farmers Club was formed in 1884 as a successor to the Maryland Agricultural Society at the home of James D. Cassard. Club members meet at each other’s farms on a monthly basis, tour the facilities and share practices with each other. The Vansville Farmers Club created the first Farmers’ Institute that developed into […]

Continue Reading »


May 13, 2013

Science can inform policy, but it may take advocates to drive changes

Have you ever heard about Bill McKibbens and his three numbers? If not, you might want to read about it, if you are concerned about the future of the earth. In his Rolling Stone article, Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math, McKibben used three simple numbers to explain the serious climate change situation we face right […]

Continue Reading »


May 1, 2013

Me and Bobby Twilley

We had a great visit with Dr. Robert Twilley, Louisiana Sea Grant Director and a faculty member at Louisiana State University. Robert gave a wonderful seminar at Horn Point Laboratory, covering the history of coastal Louisiana wetland loss, Mississippi River diversions and provided the context for the 2012 Master Plan. The IAN group collaborated with […]

Continue Reading »


April 19, 2013

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy report card launch

On April 13, I was a speaker at the report card launch of the Choptank and Miles-Wye Rivers, sponsored by the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy in Easton, Maryland. The launch was held in the beautiful Talbot County Historical Society auditorium. Tim Junkin, the Executive Director of Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, was the Master of Ceremonies. The event […]

Continue Reading »


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” […]

Continue Reading »


April 8, 2013

What is the role of science in managing fisheries?

If we let it, science can inform many of our decisions in terms of resource management. According to Dr. Ed Houde of Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, science should inform policy, determining whether or not we should fish a population and under what guidelines. That policy then creates management, the rules and regulations set in place, and […]

Continue Reading »


Older Posts »