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November 24, 2015

Coastal Estuarine Research Federation Conference in Portland, Oregon

I had the privilege of attending the CERF Conference this year in Portland, Oregon. It was my first trip to Oregon, and visiting the Pacific Northwest was a really great experience. Before the Conference I had a few days to explore Portland including hiking in the Hoyt Arboretum, and visiting the Pittock Mansion. The Pittock […]

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November 13, 2015

Developing a report card for the Florida Reef Tract

Jane Thomas, Caroline Donovan, and I visited Ft. Lauderdale, FL to facilitate a workshop for the development of the Pilot Report Card for the Florida Reef Tract with our partners from NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. The workshop and report card was a follow-up to the workshop for creation of the pilot report card for […]

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November 6, 2015

A look at the “Earth in Perspective” with Ricky Arnold

IAN hosted this year’s MEES Colloquium, offering students and faculty an opportunity to network and sharpen our science application and communication skills. The Colloquium sessions were previously described in more detail in the form of a poem blog post, written by Bill Dennison. NASA astronaut and MEES alumnus, Richard Arnold, served as our special guest […]

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November 3, 2015

MEES goes to Annapolis

This poem was written on the last day of the 2015 Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences (MEES) Colloquium held at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis, October 30-31, 2015, and hosted by the Integration and Application Network.   MEES goes to Annapolis William C. Dennison 31 October 2015 A gathering of scientists of the MEES brand […]

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October 27, 2015

Get the grade – Worldwide WWF-IAN partnership launches in Stockholm

Our partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was officially launched at World Water Week this past August 2015. This new partnership aims to widen the audience and uptake of report cards as an environmental management tool for river basins around the world. I represented IAN-UMCES at the event which is held each year in […]

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October 22, 2015

Discussing ecological drought and climate change in Fairbanks, Alaska

In September, Simon Costanzo, Bill Dennison, and I had the opportunity to travel to Fairbanks, Alaska for a workshop focusing on the topic of ecological drought in the State of Alaska. The Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and their managing organization, the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center at the U.S. […]

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October 20, 2015

Lessons learned during the Long Island Sound report card process

Caroline Donovan and I were invited to speak at the joint meeting of the Long Island Sound’s Citizens Advisory (CAC) and Science and Technical Advisory Committees (STAC). After completing the Long Island Sound Report Card in June, they asked us to give some wrap up and next steps information for where the report card is […]

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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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September 10, 2015

Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference

Caroline Donovan and I participated in the Mid-Atlantic Volunteer Monitoring Conference in Winchester, Virginia last month. This conference focused on volunteer monitoring efforts in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. The theme was bridging the water quality data gap, and the way to do this proposed as expansion and improvement of volunteer monitoring efforts. […]

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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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