The Conversation article that accompanied the release of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science article by Lefcheck et al.

The Integration and Application Network in 2018

Bill Dennison ·
31 December 2018
Environmental Report Cards | Science Communication | Applying Science | Learning Science | 

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) had an eventful and exciting year. We were able to report some really good news in the improvements in the health of Chesapeake Bay and Maryland Coastal Bays with our annual report cards. In addition, the publication of a scientific synthesis paper that IAN staff helped generate was able to reach a broad audience. This paper identified that the nutrient reductions into Chesapeake Bay were leading to ecosystem health improvements.

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Environment & Society Reflections

Bill Dennison ·
28 December 2018
Learning Science | 

Class logo. In the revised Marine Environmental and Estuarine Science (MEES) curriculum, the Environment and Society Foundation is the only track that expressly incorporates social sciences. With my marine ecology background, I combined efforts with Michael Paolisso, an environmental anthropologist, to co-teach the Foundation course. Michael and I had a lot of help from our excellent teaching assistant, Suzi Spitzer, a variety of superb guest lecturers (Drs.

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Ken Barton presenting Dottie Samonisky the framed and signed group photo from her retirement party. Photo credit: Bill Dennison.

Dottie Samonisky retirement party

Bill Dennison ·
26 December 2018

After 12 years of working with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), Dorothy "Dottie" Bradford Samonisky decided to retire at the end of the calendar year. Dottie was a powerful force at UMCES, and she helped make the Integration and Application Network (IAN) functional and fun. We held her retirement party at Annie's Paramount Steak and Seafood House on Kent Narrows.

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Sweet Kenny Moore reacting to the crowd serenading him at his retirement party. Photo credit: Nancy Orth.

Sweet Kenny Moore is retiring

Bill Dennison ·
24 December 2018
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On 14 Dec 2018, I traveled to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) for the retirement party of my friend and colleague Ken Moore. Ken worked at VIMS for 45 years, which is a remarkable tenure. I recounted some vignettes of Ken that I used to describe him. There are 10 words that I used to describe Ken Moore: welcoming, fun, interesting, companion, collaborative, heliophilic, persistent, mentor, friend, and sweet.

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Satellite image of mangroves in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh, and India. Darker hues represent higher levels of mangrove canopy cover per-pixel. Photo credit: Dr. Stuart Hamilton.

A Time to Krill

Kate Petersen ·
21 December 2018
Learning Science | 

Satellite image of mangroves in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh, and India. Darker hues represent higher levels of mangrove canopy cover per-pixel. Photo credit: Dr. Stuart Hamilton. “The web of life ….” “The evolutionary tree ….” These are phrases used so often they approach cliché, but they also capture, in living metaphor, a fundamental truth: that all life exists in relationship.

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Sign at Phillips Wharf entrance. Photo credit: Bill Dennison.

A visit to the Harris Creek oyster restoration site with Chesapeake Bay Program colleagues

Bill Dennison ·
14 December 2018
Applying Science | 

Kristin Saunders, a University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at the Chesapeake Bay Program (UMCES@CBP) employee, organizes regular mini-retreats for the Goal Implementation Team chairs and Chesapeake Bay Program leadership. The Goal Implementation Team chairs included Sean Corson (Sustainable Fisheries), Christine Conn (Habitat), James Davis-Martin (Water Quality), Chuck Hunt (Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship), and Dave Goshorn (Enhance Partnering, Leadership and Management).

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Susan Williams. Photo sourced from UC Davis.

Celebration of Susan Williams’ life and impact at UC Davis and Bodega Marine Laboratory

Bill Dennison ·
12 December 2018

Susan Williams. Photo sourced from UC Davis. On 26-27 Oct 2018, friends and colleagues of Susan Williams held a celebration of Susan’s life and impact. The 26 Oct event was held in the International Center on the University of California at Davis campus. Rick Grosberg, UC Davis faculty, served as the emcee. The event was in a beautiful room that opened onto a courtyard with people attending from all facets of Susan’s life.

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View of Chong Samae San. Photo credit: Bill Dennison.

Gulf of Thailand Study Tour

Bill Dennison ·
7 December 2018

As part of the Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS) conference in Pattaya, Thailand, that I attended with Dave Nemazie, Bob Summers and Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen, a study tour was organized to expose us to the ecology of the Gulf of Thailand. The Gulf of Thailand is commonly divided into two parts, the smaller inner Gulf (10,000 km2) and the larger outer Gulf (350,000 km2).

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2nd International Conference on the Environmental Management of the Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS 12) held at the Jomtien Palm Beach Resort in Thailand. Photo credit: Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen.

Representing UMCES at the 12th International Conference on the Environmental Management of the Enclosed Coastal Seas

Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen ·
3 December 2018
Applying Science | 

Last November 5-8, 2018, I was fortunate to have attended and presented at the 12th International Conference on the Environmental Management of the Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS 12) held at the Jomtien Palm Beach Resort in Thailand. EMECS 12 was hosted by the International EMECS Center and co-hosted by the Royal Society of Thailand, several leading Thai Universities, and the UNESCO-IOC/WESTPAC.

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