Blog posts by Andrew Elmore

The Second Verde River Report Card Workshop

Andrew Elmore ·
9 May 2019
Environmental Literacy | Environmental Report Cards | Science Communication | 

The Verde River flows through north-central Arizona and is a … primary water source for Phoenix. As it works its way down from its headwaters … in the Big and Little Chino Basins, the Verde provides excellent habitat for a … wide array of plants and animals. Water from the river also supports … small-scale agriculture, well-watered lawns, and accessible groundwater for … communities.

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The UMCES Environmental Summit. Photo credit: UMCES Flickr.

A perspective on the UMCES Environmental Summit

Andrew Elmore ·
8 January 2019
Applying Science | Learning Science | 

The UMCES Environmental Summit. Photo credit: UMCES Flickr. On November 30, 2018 the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) community gathered at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore to discuss environmental science and application to resource management and policy with our new president, Dr. Peter Goodwin.

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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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