Western Lake Erie environmental literacy

Bill Dennison ·
23 April 2019
Environmental Literacy | Environmental Report Cards | Science Communication | Learning Science | 

Lake Erie is one of five Great Lakes between the United States and Canada. The Great Lakes form the largest freshwater system on the planet, containing approximately 1/5 of the world's freshwater supply. Lake Erie is the southern most Great Lake located downstream of Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron, but upstream of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The great lakes at night from above. Photo National Weather Services.


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Future Earth Coasts Goes to Bremen!

Heath Kelsey ·
19 April 2019
Environmental Literacy | Science Communication | 

The first in person meeting of the new Future Earth Coasts International Project Office (FEC IPO) was in Bremen 27-29 March 2019. It’s an exciting time to be involved in Future Earth Coasts; the organization has a new home centered at the Liebnitz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen, and additional offices distributed among several institutions in China, Australia, the United States, and Germany.


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Uncovering five values of citizen science at CitSci2019

Suzanne Spitzer ·
15 April 2019
Science Communication | Learning Science | 

Last month, Caroline, Alex, and I attended the Citizen Science Association (CSA) conference, CitSci2019, from March 13-16th in Raleigh, North Carolina. This conference was a great opportunity for us to learn more about what is happening in the field of citizen science, network with other professionals, and share updates on some of the projects that we are involved in at IAN.


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Chesapeake Bay SAV Watchers: A new citizen science program for monitoring Bay grasses

Suzanne Spitzer ·
12 April 2019
Learning Science | 

Last month we put the finishing touches on a year-long effort to develop a monitoring program for volunteers who collect data on submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) throughout the Chesapeake Bay. The new program is called Chesapeake Bay SAV Watchers. Throughout this project, we collaborated with various stakeholders, including SAV experts, volunteer monitoring coordinators, and citizen scientists.


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IAN as a Boundary Organization

Bill Dennison ·
8 April 2019

My first reaction to being invited to talk about Integration and Application Network (IAN) as a boundary organization was to ask, “What is a boundary organization?”. I looked up some definitions and liked the one that described a boundary organization in the following manner: “Organizations that facilitate collaboration and information flow between diverse research disciplines and between the research and public policy community”.


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We are Trailblazers: The Chesapeake Bay Program in 2019

Bill Dennison ·
5 April 2019
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As part of the “Rounding the Curve on Adaptive Management” meeting in Richmond, VA, I gave the opening plenary talk. Kristin Saunders told me that the title and topic of the talk should be “We are Trailblazers”. The term “trailblazer” is described well by Ralph Waldo Emerson who said “Do not follow where the path may lead.


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Spanning boundaries at the Society for Applied Anthropology conference

Suzanne Spitzer ·
1 April 2019
Applying Science | Learning Science |     1 comments

Earlier this month, Bill, Katie May, Vanessa, and I travelled to Portland, Oregon to attend the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) conference from March 19-23. We were all excited for the opportunity to learn from researchers and practitioners who work in the social sciences, and to absorb new ideas and approaches that will help us enhance IAN’s capacity to do work that spans natural and social science disciplines.


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A future for global biological ocean monitoring networks

Heath Kelsey ·
29 March 2019

These dolphins mark the entrance to the State Street Pier in Santa Barbara, California. Photo credit Heath Kelsey … Information generated through the Global Ocean Observation System has fundamentally … changed the way we understand our oceans and climate, but advances in ocean … observations have focused on physical elements like water temperature, currents, etc. more than they have for measurements of biological resources.


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The Bonnet Carre Spillway and the Spectacle of Climate Change

Bill Nuttle ·
25 March 2019

Television crews were on hand, on February 27, to witness the spectacle of the Corps of Engineers opening the Bonnet Carre spillway on the Mississippi River. Runoff from record precipitation in the Midwest this winter feeds a flood that is making its way down the river. The spillway, located 12 miles west of New Orleans, serves as a safety valve meant to protect the city during extreme floods.


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