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April 14, 2015

Do’s and Don’ts: How scientists and the law can exist in tandem

Fan Zhang, Emily Russ, Whitney Hoot When we talk about scientists, we envision someone wearing a lab coat and exploring nature’s mysteries, a professor passing knowledge to the next generation or a group of people who enjoy debating and discussing abstruse topics. We know that these are important professional activities for scientists, in academia and […]

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April 1, 2015

Climate change: teaching the public these are not dirty words

Stephanie Siemek, Wenfei Ni, Sabrina Klick The words climate change are not dirty words, nevertheless, in some cases it is controversial to even mention it. Climate change has an immense amount of support from scientific data, models, research, as well as current day observation. Yet, many people refuse to believe it. Websites have even been […]

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March 30, 2015

Brainstorming in the Innovation Room with World Wildlife Fund

Simon Costanzo, Alex Fries and I travelled into Washington D.C. for a brainstorming session with colleagues at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The brainstorming took place in a cozy room located in one of the far corners of the WWF office suite. It turns out that it used to be the office of the WWF […]

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March 27, 2015

Reef Resilience in Townsville

This is part three of a three part series of blog posts about developing a reef resilience index for the Great Barrier Reef at a workshop in Townsville in March 2015   Reef Resilience in Townsville William C. Dennison Talking with reef managers at Reef HQ1 Developing Resilience Based Management perspectives Generating a reef health […]

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March 6, 2015

Our first report card in South America – The Orinoco River Basin, Colombia

This February, I headed further south in America than I have ever before…..to Colombia in South America (still in the northern hemisphere though at 3o N). This trip was on invitation from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Washington D.C. with the aim to set up a report card for three tributaries of the Orinoco […]

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February 23, 2015

Kick-starting Collective Impact in Five Easy Report Card Steps

This is the first of two posts about the application of report cards to enable a collective impact process. The collective impact model facilitates positive change Collective Impact is a term used to refer to collaborative projects that create “needle-moving” changes to complex and intransigent problems. I ran across the term for the first time […]

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January 22, 2015

Launching the Chesapeake Bay Story website: Telling fact-based stories about Chesapeake Bay health

In a partnership with the Maryland state government, the Integration and Application Network developed a new website to tell fact-based stories about the health of Chesapeake Bay. This website (chesapeakebaystory.umces.edu) uses water quality, fisheries and habitat data, various maps and graphs, and scientific publications to inform a narrative version of the historical trends of Chesapeake […]

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December 30, 2014

Drawing sketches and creating conceptual diagrams to communicate science

Often the focus on science communication is the data visualization or the words or phrases chosen about a topic. But another important aspect of communicating science, both informally and formally is the use of hand drawn sketches. These sketches can be very simple black and white lines to complex color drawings. These sketches can be […]

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December 9, 2014

Ocean research perspectives gleaned from ‘One Planet One Ocean’ conference in Barcelona, Spain – Part 2

This is a continuation of my blog on the several themes that emerged at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference, entitled ‘One Planet One Ocean’. Oceanic plastics. The realization that 28 million pieces of plastic enter the ocean every day was staggering. This includes macro plastics that accumulate in oceanic gyres, and tragically in the bellies of sea […]

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December 2, 2014

How is your ecosystem doing? Advances in the use and understanding of ecosystem indicators workshop

As part of the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Lynne Shannon (University of Cape Town) and I organized a pre-conference workshop on ecosystem indicators. This workshop proved to be a valuable opportunity to explore the development and use of ecosystem indicators. The workshop summary is as follows: How is your ecosystem doing? […]

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