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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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July 17, 2014

Building Report Cards to Support Community-based Monitoring

An interest to support community-based monitoring efforts around Long Island Sound motivates IAN’s work to develop a set of ecosystem report cards for that region. Long Island Sound is an estuarine embayment on the northeast coast of the United States, located directly east of New York City. The western portion of the Sound connects with […]

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July 3, 2014

National Monitoring Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio

On April 29, I traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio for the National Water Quality Monitoring Conference. This year’s theme for the conference was Working Together for Clean Water, a true issue IAN tackles in almost all of our projects. After meeting with Julie Vastine from Dickenson College, she asked me to attend the Volunteer Monitoring Gathering […]

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July 1, 2014

A sea change at SEA: Sea Education Association takes its tall ships into uncharted waters

I attended the annual trustees and overseers meeting of the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA on 22-23 June. This was my first meeting in some time, so it was good to see everyone again and get an update on the progress of S.E.A. in transforming their program to accommodate the changing market for […]

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June 10, 2014

Oklahoma report card song

As part of the Mississippi River report card process, we held a workshop at the Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma to discuss the Arkansas and Red River basins. I adapted the Rogers and Hammerstein classic “Oklahoma” to commemorate our workshop. Based on some karaoke singing in the evening of the first day of the workshop, […]

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May 20, 2014

Arkansas and Red Rivers Workshop in Tulsa, Oklahoma

As part of our continuing series of stakeholder expert workshops for developing a Mississippi River basin report card, a team of IAN Science Integrators and Science Communicators traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma on 14-15 May 2014. Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Bill Dennison, Caroline Wicks, and Brianne Walsh. Anthony Kung, the visiting graduate student from the University […]

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May 8, 2014

Shrimp and Grits – Working with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

IAN was lucky enough to be invited to Charleston, South Carolina, to conduct a science communication course for the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC). Together with Jane Thomas, Brianne Walsh and Jane Hawkey, we had two wonderful days in the warm South, and were even greeted by an alligator on the lawn outside our […]

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February 27, 2014

A New IAN Science Communication Course on Ecosystem Health Report Cards in Adelaide, Australia

Alex Fries and I had the chance to travel to Adelaide, Australia to deliver a two-day Science Communication Course to the South Australia Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources (DEWNR). The course focused on Ecosystem Health Report Cards. DEWNR is currently creating state-wide report cards in the marine, freshwater, terrestrial, and atmospheric environments, reporting […]

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February 20, 2014

Developing a climate change resilience index for the Great Barrier Reef: Part 2

Following a day of scientific talks where the various climate change resilience indicators were presented, we had dinner at a nice restaurant on The Strand, a popular Townsville promenade overlooking the harbor. On the second day, we sketched a few conceptual diagrams, generated a prototype reef resilience index and storyboarded a trifold document. In addition, […]

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February 18, 2014

Developing a climate change resilience index for the Great Barrier Reef: Part 1

Heath Kelsey and I traveled to Townsville, Australia to facilitate a workshop to develop a climate change resilience index for the Great Barrier Reef. The workshop, sponsored by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, was at James Cook University on 10-11 Feb 2014. On the first day, we had a series of presentations by scientists developing […]

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