Production is nitrogen-dependent, including that of the food we reap from all types of agriculture. Photo sourced from Pixabay.

The Nitrogen Cycle is Seizing Up Globally and Scientists Might Not Be Ready to Hear It

Andrew Elmore ·
23 October 2018
Science Communication | Learning Science | 

Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” When it comes to the environment, this is a test that many of us have not passed yet. On the one hand, humans introduce massive amounts of nitrogen into ecosystems (think fertilizers and animal manure). As a result, we see runaway algae production and low-oxygen dead-zones worldwide.


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Guy Stephens introducing WebStock 2018. Photo credit: Bill Dennison.

WebStock 2018

Bill Dennison ·
19 October 2018
Applying Science | 

An annual highlight with the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) is the WebStock event that its Creative Team organizes. This year’s event was the largest ever, and was held at the beautiful headquarters of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, overlooking Chesapeake Bay on 11 Oct 2018. WebStock is designed to communicate, collaborate, and educate the CBP staff and key partners about the activities of its Creative Team.


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MEES Colloquium Panel.

MEES Colloquium 2018

Bill Dennison ·
15 October 2018
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The Marine Environmental and Estuarine Science (MEES) program is a multi-campus graduate education program within the University System of Maryland. Each autumn, a MEES Colloquium is hosted by one of the campuses that sponsor MEES. The 2018 MEES Colloquium was sponsored by the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, Maryland on 5-6 October.


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The view from the CBEC. Photo credit: Yesenia Valverde.

2018 IAN Retreat at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

Yesenia Valverde ·
12 October 2018
Science Communication |     1 comments

Just fifteen minutes past the Bay Bridge, nestled within the sanctuary of Prospect Bay on the Eastern Shore, lies the idyllic Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center--a perfect setting for this year’s IAN staff retreat. Last Wednesday, staff members--coming from Cambridge, Annapolis, and even Rochester, NY--made the trip to the CBEC for the annual tradition of team-building and workshopping as part of an ever-ongoing effort to improve IAN.


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View of New York Harbor opening from New York Aquarium on Coney Island. Salt marsh restoration visible. Photo credit: Bill Dennison.

Previewing NY Harbor exhibit at the New York Aquarium on Coney Island

Bill Dennison ·
5 October 2018
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The final meeting of the Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (CCERS) project--which the Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science was a partner on--took place on 27 Sept 2018. The meeting included a visit to the New York Aquarium to view a new exhibit under construction. This exhibit will feature results from our CCERS project and the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), based at the Harbor School on Governors Island.


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Nick Magliocca teaching the SESYNC short course on Spatial Agent Based Modeling. Photo credit: Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen.

Understanding the dynamics and interdependencies of socio-ecological systems through models

Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen ·
1 October 2018
Applying Science | Learning Science | 

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) has been trying to evolve its work so that its societal impact can go beyond science communication and integration. Our recent delve into transdisciplinary science necessitates that we not only incorporate its concepts into our work but that we explore and adapt tools currently being used in the field.


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2017 Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card.

Maryland Coastal Bays report card gets a B- for the first time

Bill Dennison ·
28 September 2018
Environmental Report Cards | 

On 20 September 2018 on Fager’s Island, Ocean City, MD, the tenth annual Maryland Coastal Bays report card was released. The Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (IAN UMCES) has been partnering with the Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the National Park Service to produce report cards for the coastal lagoons that separate Fenwick and Assateague Islands from the mainland.


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Participants at the one-day course held at U.S. EPA Region 1. Photo: Brianne Walsh.

Communicating science effectively: one-day course with EPA Region 1

Brianne Walsh ·
21 September 2018

Bill Dennison and I traveled to Boston, Massachusetts on September 12-14 to teach a one-day course, titled “Communicating Science Effectively”, for U.S. EPA Region 1 staff at their office in downtown Boston. There were about 25 participants. All were EPA employees, but their specialties and roles ranged from environmental scientist, drinking water specialist, biologist, physical scientist, risk assessor, enforcement officer to environmental engineer.


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Pandemic requires teams to strategically make use of each player's unique talents.

It’s game time! Board games that can help people ‘level up’ their capacity for transdisciplinary work

Suzanne Spitzer ·
17 September 2018
Applying Science | 

At IAN we are constantly invested in various transdisciplinary projects. Transdisciplinary projects partner interdisciplinary research teams with stakeholders outside of academia to synthesize diverse knowledge and experience and generate novel insights on a particular topic. For example, when IAN develops report cards, our Science Integrators and Communicators work with partners to synthesize relevant information on a specific ecosystem and then communicate key messages to a targeted audience.


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