Home » Restoration

March 23, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 10 – Innovations in Governance/BaySTAT

This is where Governor O’Malley came in and he created BayStat. This was based on tracking nutrient and sediment reductions. Our eutrophication problem is over-enrichment of nutrients creating dissolved oxygen “dead zones”. O’Malley puts together an interesting assortment of people. We sit on a monthly basis with the Secretary of Natural Resources, the Secretary of […]

Continue Reading »


March 21, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 9 – Innovations in Governance

The last thing I want to talk about is innovations in governance. This is a story I want to start in New York City, where there was a guy called Jack Maple. He always had a bow-tie and a bowler. He was a transit cop, policing the subways and buses in New York. He started […]

Continue Reading »


March 19, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 8 – Environmental Report Cards

Report cards are also a great way to bring together disparate groups. An extreme example is that the US State Department was trying to mediate some dialog between Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan when Armenia and Azerbaijan were technically still at war. So we got together with them, and we put up this first map of […]

Continue Reading »


March 16, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 7 – Innovations in Environmental Reporting

I want to talk about innovations in environmental reporting. One of the things we stumbled upon in Southeast Queensland is environmental report cards, and I got to thinking why they are so powerful. I have two teenage children, who you can definitely see are driven by peer pressure in their everyday life. Peer pressure is […]

Continue Reading »


March 14, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 6 – Using press and video in science communication

Another thing that we did was create IAN Press. We’ve created a self publishing kind of approach and what’s cool about it is that this can be full color, 230 pages, and we can sell it for $20 US, and not lose money. We finally have the technology of tablet computers. The tablet version really […]

Continue Reading »


March 12, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 5 – Innovations in Science Communication

I distinguish science communication from science writing. If you think about a science paper, you provide lots of references, which is the scientific context for that study. Science communication provides societal examples, because it’s all about context, to make the message translate to a broader audience. In scientific literature, there is usually just text, while […]

Continue Reading »


March 9, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 4 – The Annapolis Synthesis Center

In the middle of the National Environmental Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) seagrass project, we created the Annapolis Synthesis Center. Annapolis is much like Santa Barbara, it’s a cute town that you can walk around in, fly in without getting in a car, and it’s the capital of Maryland as well as home […]

Continue Reading »


March 2, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 1 – Introduction

I want to talk about innovations in environmental synthesis, reporting and governance and how these innovations apply to the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network in Australia. And I’ll start by explaining a little bit about where I’m currently based at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. We are right on the shores of the […]

Continue Reading »


February 1, 2012

Brisbane 2011: Living with Floods and Dancing with Dugongs: Part 3- History of Flooding in Brisbane

You can take a walk down the street to the Botanic Gardens; you can find a little park there; the Paluma Park. And that’s to commemorate the location where a large gunship washed up into the Botanic Gardens in February, 1893. Interesting story, the Paluma was a gunship that was commissioned by the Queensland government. […]

Continue Reading »


January 19, 2012

Chesapeake citizens are well informed: New poll results of Maryland public perception of Chesapeake Bay restoration

A group called “Clean water, Healthy families” released the results of a poll of Maryland voters regarding Chesapeake Bay restoration. This poll provided some interesting findings. It was particularly gratifying to see that the public perception of the health of the Bay (average C-) matches EXACTLY with the EcoCheck report card (2010 score = C-). […]

Continue Reading »


« Newer PostsOlder Posts »