Blog posts categorized by Applying Science
Shari Wilson and Governor O'Malley

Shari Wilson, Admiral of the Chesapeake Bay and Calliethos intellegente

Bill Dennison ·
14 December 2010
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Shari Wilson, the Maryland Secretary for Environment for the past four years announced that she is stepping down, and she recently attended her final BayStat meeting. At the end of the meeting, Governor O'Malley presented her with a proclamation declaring Shari Wilson "Admiral of The Chesapeake Bay". Shari Wilson and Governor O'Malley … At a gathering following the BayStat meeting, Secretary of Natural Resources John Griffin presented Shari with a beautiful print.

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Blind men and elephant

What must the elephants be thinking?

Bill Nuttle ·
18 November 2010
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Summary: Perhaps the best way to solve the problem of linking ecosystem science and management is to recognize the social dimensions of ecosystem science. There were enough pachyderms parading around the Florida Keys Science Conference, last October, to fill center ring at the Ringling Brothers Circus. They were all over the place.

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Trib Team Members and local politicians 'wade-in'.

Choptank Trib Team Wades Into San Domingo Creek

Allison Dungan ·
8 August 2010
Environmental Literacy | Science Communication | Applying Science | 

On Saturday June 12th the Choptank Tributary Team held their annual wade-in in conjunction with the Environmental Concern native plant sale. Team members were able to see their feet at a depth of 25 inches, a one inch improvement from last year. In the picture below are Delegate Jeannie Haddaway Riccio, State Senate Candidate Chris Jakubiak with his children, Choptank River Keeper Tim Junkin, and Trib Team members Bill Wolinski and Jennifer Dindinger.

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Chesapeake Bay Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) website

Joining Chesapeake Bay Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee

Bill Dennison ·
25 June 2010
Applying Science | 

I have just joined the Chesapeake Bay Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) as a member, but I have experience with various other review panels and STAC-type groups in various parts of the world. Thus I bring a fresh perspective, but without a deep appreciation of Chesapeake Bay STAC history and dynamics. There are some important elements of what I consider a successful STAC:

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GRCA staff with their International Riverprize trophy.

Visit with Grand River Conservation Authority

Bill Dennison ·
22 June 2010
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Ten years ago, the Grand River Conservation Authority was the recipient of the 2nd annual Theiss International Riverprize in Brisbane, Australia. Peter Krause was the chair of the authority board at the time and he traveled to Brisbane to receive the award. I was on the Riversymposium planning committee while teaching at the University of Queensland and met Peter at this time.

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Anoxia prediction for early summer, 2010.

The Next Frontier: Ecological Forecasting

Bill Dennison ·
17 June 2010
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The weather is often the main topic of discussion amongst friends, around the office water cooler, and even between strangers. The professional meteorologist is one of the most maligned positions in our society. Yet everyone cares about the weather forecast; so much so there is even a 24-hour cable station dedicated to providing every detail about temperature, humidity and the relative chance of precipitation at 3,000 locations nationwide.

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Walter Boynton, the new TMAW Chair.

Dr. Walter Boynton becomes Tidal Monitoring Analysis Workgroup chair

Bill Dennison ·
4 June 2010
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Beginning June 10 2010, Dr. Walter Boynton, a professor at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), will be the new Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Program Tidal Monitoring Analysis Workgroup (TMAW). Walter has been actively researching Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years and has published dozens of scientific papers and book chapters from this research.

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Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability in Canadian Water Resources

Managing for Uncontrollable Environmental Change

Bill Nuttle ·
23 April 2010
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Responding to environmental changes driven by forces outside of our control presents a challenge for the management of regional ecosystems. It is challenging enough for managers to understand the links between human activities within a region and their impacts on the regional ecosystem. It is even more challenging to establish monitoring programs, policies and regulations capable of regulating the direct effects of human activities on conditions in the ecosystem.

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This book by Joseph Boyer, published in 1997, has stimulated a robust discussion of what constitutes academic scholarship and how to measure it.

Defining Science Application

Bill Dennison ·
13 April 2010
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The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science has embraced the concept of scholarship defined as discovery, integration, application and teaching (Boyer, 1990). Discovery can be defined as learning new things; integration as putting this learning into a knowledge context; application as using this knowledge; teaching as transferring this knowledge to others. The Integration and Application Network was created to focus on the integration and application components of scholarship.

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