Blog posts categorized by Applying Science
The large baobab tree on the University of Hawaii campus. Photo credit: Simon Costanzo

Moana Revisited

Bill Dennison ·
22 March 2017
Applying Science |     1 comments

I enjoyed the University of Hawaii campus. We used the food trucks for lunch on the first day, and ate at the campus food court on the second day. After the first day of the workshop, we enjoyed sitting outside at the campus pub, drinking local Kona Longboard beer and listening to the mynah birds in the trees. The sound of the mynahs and the sight of pandanus trees made me recall my stint at the University of Queensland.

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Participants at the Hawaii workshop. Photo credit: Bill Dennison

Hawaii ecodrought workshop; trade wind invasions, ridge to reef, endemic species

Bill Dennison ·
20 March 2017
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On 7-8 March, Simon Costanzo and I facilitated an ecodrought workshop at the University of Hawaii at the main campus in Manoa, a suburb of Honolulu. Our host was the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center, headed by Dave Helweg. This Climate Science Center has a huge swath of territory to cover, including American Samoa, the Marshall Islands, Guam, Palau and a host of isolated atolls (e.g., Johnstone, Palmyra).

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Left to Right: Scientists from the Northwest Climate Science Center discussing environmental issues on the eastern side of the cascades, a diagram of strong and weak points in scientific knowledge regarding climate transitions, and a diagram of strong and weak points in scientific knowledge regarding hydrology east of the Cascades. Photo Credit: Brianne Walsh

Ecodrought on the east side of the Pacific Northwest

Bill Dennison ·
27 February 2017
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Simon Costanzo, Brianne Walsh and I traveled to Boise, Idaho for a second workshop with scientists from the Pacific Northwest Climate Science Center. Our first workshop, held in Portland, Oregon, focused on the issues west of the Cascades, and this second workshop focused on issues east of the Cascades. We heard about the three 'W's (wounded wetlands and water rights), the three 'F's (forests, fires and fish) and the three 'A's (acclimation, adaptation and assemblages).

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Third SAV SYN workshop at the new University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science office in Annapolis, MD. Credit: Suzi Spitzer

Lessons on how to synthesize science

Bill Dennison ·
6 February 2017
Applying Science | Learning Science | 

We recently completed our third SAV SYN workshop, which is an effort to synthesize (SYN) data related to the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) of Chesapeake Bay. We have been analyzing a variety of data sets to better understand how SAV are responding to changes in the Bay and to understand what we can infer about the progress of Bay restoration activities. This effort is proving to be a productive collaboration among 15 scientists from 5 different institutions.

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Participants of the Ecological drought in the Southeast U.S.A workshop

Ecological drought in the Southeast U.S.: Forest fires, supermoon and new age libraries

Bill Dennison ·
31 January 2017
Applying Science | Learning Science | 

Simon Costanzo, Brianne Walsh and I traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina to meet with scientists associated with the USGS Southeast Climate Science Center to talk about ecological drought on 16-17 November 2016. Fittingly, there were forest fires raging in the Great Smoky Mountains as a result of a prolonged drought as we held the workshop. Forest fires are not common, particularly in November, in the Great Smoky Mountains, in spite of their name.

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Beau Ranheim (left) and Bill Dennison (right) at the Newtown Creek sea wall.

New York Harbor water quality

Bill Dennison ·
24 January 2017
Applying Science | Learning Science |     2 comments

On 12 January 2017, I visited Beau Ranheim, the Section Chief of Marine Sciences, New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Beau was a graduate student in the Ed Carpenter/Doug Capone laboratory at Stony Brook University when I was a postdoc in the same laboratory. After Beau finished his Master's program at Stony Brook, he has been working for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

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Front row, from left: Vanessa Vargas (UMCES), Louise Gallagher (LHI), Michele Thieme (WWF), Andrea Betancourt (LHI), Karin Krchnak (WWF), Bill Dennison (UMCES), Cesar Suarez (WWF-Colombia). Credit: Alexandra Fries

Integrating system dynamics modeling and report cards workshop

Bill Dennison ·
12 January 2017
Environmental Report Cards | Applying Science | 

On 9-11 November 2016, a workshop entitled "Integrating systems modeling and report card development to improve basin health & manage trade-offs" was held in Annapolis, Maryland. The systems modeling and the report card approach have a shared philosophy of stakeholder engagement as being the foundation to improving river health globally. Both approaches are also driven by synthesis of scientific data.

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Belmont Forum Workshop Songs

Bill Dennison ·
6 January 2017
Science Communication | Applying Science | 

As part of our Belmont Forum synthesis workshop, we sang a song at the end of each day. At the end of the first day after we had listened to the descriptions of diverse and fascinating projects, it was quite apparent that we were dealing with real research stars. This led to the adaptation of the 1999 song "All Star" (Music video) by the rock band Smash Mouth. Heath Kelsey and Martin LeTissier, my fellow workshop facilitators, were good sports about the disparaging lyrics attributed to them.

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Participants at the San Francisco Belmont Forum Workshop

Belmont Forum Synthesis Meeting 10-12 December 2016 San Francisco, CA - Synthesis of first project results

Heath Kelsey ·
3 January 2017
Science Communication | Applying Science | 

Participants at the San Francisco Belmont Forum Workshop … Bill Dennison, Vanessa Vargas, and I traveled to San Francisco, California from 10 to 12 of December 2016 to help our partners Martin LeTissier, and Shona Paterson at Future Earth’s Coasts, to facilitate a meeting of a select group of Belmont Forum project leaders.

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