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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 4, 2014

Water supply is a concern in report card planning for the Missouri River Basin

I traveled to Kansas City, Missouri August 26, 2014 to facilitate a workshop in the Missouri River Basin, as part of the Mississippi River Report Card project with America’s Watershed Initiative. This meeting, held at the Kansas City Airport Hilton, was a follow-up to the May 23 meeting we had in Rapid City, South Dakota, […]

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September 2, 2014

Louisiana Sea Grant Discovery, Integration and Application initiative (LA DIA)

Tracey Saxby and I traveled to Baton Rouge for a two-day training session for the Louisiana Sea Grant Discovery Integration and Application (LA DIA) scholars. Robert Twilley, Louisiana Sea Grant Director, and his staff helped us develop this training session. Tim Carruthers, the former Program Director for the Integration and Application Network and now working […]

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August 28, 2014

2014 Connecticut Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Conference

In conjunction with our work on the Long Island Sound embayment report cards, I was invited to speak about report cards at the first annual Connecticut Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Conference. The conference was held on July 25th, 2014 at Goodwin College. The organizers of the conference were Jacqueline Talbot with the Connecticut River Watershed […]

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August 21, 2014

The CEER Conference provides insight to the future of report cards

Alex Fries and I had the chance to represent UMCES at the Conference on Ecosystem and Ecological Restoration (CEER) on the New Orleans riverfront from July 28 to August 1, 2014. I presented on our Mississippi River report card process and how it engages a broad cross section of stakeholders to assess the status of […]

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July 24, 2014

Large Marine Ecosystems – An Australian in Paris

Recently IAN was asked to attend and present at the 16th Consultative Committee Meeting on Large Marine Ecosystems and Coastal Partners in Paris, France. I was lucky enough to be the one from IAN chosen to participate and I absolutely loved it! It’s unusual these days to attend a meeting and not know anyone, but […]

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March 13, 2014

The poetry and art of Alexander von Humboldt

‘Scientists who made a difference‘ series This blog accompanies the biographical sketch of Alexander von Humboldt that Bill Nuttle recently posted provides a selection of his writings as poetry and one of his scientific sketches as art. The ‘Poetry’ uses von Humboldt’s exact words (translated from German) in prose form to focus on cadence and […]

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March 4, 2014

New Insights report: Converting geeky science into understandable stories

In collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Program and US Geological Survey (USGS), we released a report entitled “New Insights: Science-based evidence of water quality improvements, challenges, and opportunities in the Chesapeake“. The release was conducted at the Chesapeake Bay Program in Annapolis on 25 February 2014 . We produced a 52 pp. full color report […]

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November 19, 2013

Discussing science communication at CERF2013

We had a large contingent of IAN folks attend the 22nd Biennial Conference of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation conference in San Diego, California. The conference was titled “Toward resilient coasts and estuaries, science for sustainable solutions”. Bill Nuttle, Health Kelsey, Caroline Wicks and I co-chaired a session “Science communication strategies for ecosystem-based management”. […]

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November 7, 2013

Calculating a Lake Health Index for the Great Lakes

A State of the Great Lakes is produced periodically by Environment Canada and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the most recent assessment (2011), there are various classes of indicators that are used: water quality, aquatic-dependent life, landscapes & natural processes and swimming, fishing & drinking features. The water quality indicators include a) water column […]

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