Blog posts categorized by Applying Science
Industrial nitrogen fixation has doubled the flow of atmospheric nitrogen into terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Celebrating 100 Years of Industrial Nitrogen Fixation

Bill Nuttle ·
26 April 2013
Applying Science | Learning Science | 

People are part of a hybrid socio-environmental ecosystem. The debate over whether people should start geoengineering the atmosphere in order to prevent the worst effects of global warming ignores one essential fact - we already are geoengineering the atmosphere. Geoengineering is the deliberate effort to manipulate processes that control conditions in the atmosphere on a global scale.

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This monument is close by the location of the public pump Snow identified as an epicenter in the 1854 cholera outbreak in London.

Everything Down the Drain - Why?

Bill Nuttle ·
17 April 2013
Applying Science | 

Is it time to rethink our 19th century approach to dealing with human waste? The discovery of the cause of a cholera epidemic in London, in the mid 19th century, unleashed an international movement that improved sanitation in cities, and also altered the relationship between people and the environment. The result has been an increase in living standards.

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Maryland State Capital building.

Testimony to the Maryland General Assembly in support of compulsory soil phosphorus testing by farmers

Bill Dennison ·
6 March 2013
Environmental Literacy | Applying Science | 

Yesterday, I provided testimony to the Maryland General Assembly in support of a bill that would require Maryland farmers to conduct soil testing for phosphorus levels and to report their findings. The bill was sponsored by Senator Pinsky and my testimony was to the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs committee, chaired by Senator Joan Carter Conway. My written submission follows:

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Fred Pomeroy presenting David Harp photo to former Maryland Star Senator C.A. Porter Hopkins (Credit: Drew Koslow).

Dorchester County citizens concerned about Chesapeake Bay

Bill Dennison ·
28 January 2013
Environmental Literacy | Science Communication | Applying Science | Learning Science |     2 comments

I attended the 6th Annual Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth meeting at the Dorchester County Historical Society on January 27. It was a good gathering of people who live on or near the streams, rivers and Chesapeake Bay of Dorchester County. Dorchester County has a lot of wetlands and streams, with abundant wildlife. The event featured local oysters on the half shell and goose meat. There were two skipjack captains in the audience as well.

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and sustainable management of our precious rivers and watersheds.

International RiverFoundation remarks

Bill Dennison ·
2 January 2013
Environmental Literacy | Applying Science | 

One of my favorite things to do in the world is to share these stories of people on convergent journeys, journeys like the one you are on with the Willamette River. The International RiverFoundation (IRF) promotes river restoration, protection and sustainable management of rivers and watersheds. Our vision is a world in which the rivers and watersheds are healthy and sustainably managed.

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Audience at Within Our Reach conference in Corvallis, Oregon.

Within Our Reach conference

Bill Dennison ·
18 December 2012
Environmental Literacy | Applying Science |     1 comments

The 'Within Our Reach' conference held in Corvallis, Oregon and focused on the Willamette River, did several things extremely well. One thing was the 'book ending' of the science and technical aspects with more socially relevant aspects; the film night at the beginning and the poetic reflections of Kathleen Dean Moore at the end. Kathleen provided one of the most compelling verbal nature essays I have ever heard.

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Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast

Coastal Louisiana Master Plan released

Bill Dennison ·
26 January 2012
Applying Science | 

Coastal Louisiana has experienced considerable land loss over the past century due to relative sea level rise. This land loss has led to increased vulnerability to storm surges, as dramatically illustrated when storm surges from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita wrecked havoc on Louisiana in 2005. Immediately following the devastating 2005 hurricanes, the Integration and Application Network was asked to help contextualize the issues and provide graphical communication products.

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Google Ngram timeline of the use of 'nutrient trading' in published books from 1985.

Nutrient trading in Chesapeake Bay

Bill Dennison ·
24 January 2012
Applying Science | 

A recently released policy statement by a group of Senior Scientists and Policymakers provides a review of nutrient trading as a management tool to be used in Chesapeake Bay. Nutrient trading, the buying and selling of nutrient reduction credits, is a relatively new approach that is being applied to achieve nutrient reductions. There is a new tool provided by Google that tracks the use of different terms over time called ‘Google Ngram Viewer’.

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Former Marine Botany scientists and families gathered on Cylinder Beach, Stradbroke Island.

Seven attributes of a vibrant science group

Bill Dennison ·
26 June 2011
Applying Science | 

When I was at the University of Queensland, we had a very active group of researchers, science communicators, graduate and undergraduate students investigating seagrasses, mangroves, corals, macroalgae, phytoplankton, benthic microalgae, bacteria and viruses. We called ourselves the Marine Botany group, also known as 'Marbot'. While the Marine Botany group has dispersed and the logo and website have faded, the people who had this shared experience have been thriving in a diversity of pursuits.

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