IAN projects become journal publications!

IAN staff published journal papers. Dylan Taillie and Dr. Bill Dennison collaborated with Dr. Judy O’Neil of Horn Point Laboratory to release an assessment of the water quality within the New York Harbor estuarine system. Read about gradients and trends in New York Harbor water quality here. A second publication that described three ecosystem health report cards as case studies, focusing on the various challenges presented by each case and outlining IAN's process of integration for report card production, was authored by Katie May Laumann, Emily Nastase, Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen, Heath Kelsey, Annie Carew, Caroline Donovan, Alex Fries, Suzi Spitzer, and Bill Dennison.

Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum in Shepherdstown, WV.

IAN was well represented at this year's Chesapeake Watershed Forum. Caroline Donovan, Dylan Taillie, Sky Swanson, Suzi Spitzer, and Nathan Miller presented on IAN-led or IAN-supported initiatives throughout the Chesapeake Watershed. Suzi and Dylan presented posters on their respective graduate research; Nathan presented during a Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative session about data management and interpretation; and Caroline, Dylan, and Sky hosted a session working with stakeholders for the UMCES Chesapeake Bay Report Card to expand the report card with social, cultural, and economic indicators.

CERF Conference in Mobile, Alabama

Multiple IAN scientists presented at the week-long 2019 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation conference in Mobile, Alabama. Staff chaired several sessions on topics including coastal environmental management, citizen science, and seagrasses. IAN also led two conference workshops on science communication and data synthesis. Presenters included Bill, Heath, Caroline, Katie May, Vanessa, and Suzi. In addition, IAN staff attended the UMCES reunion and manned the UMCES booth, participating in the UMCES selfie contest and survey (see the results here!).

Verde River conference in Camp Verde, Arizona

Bill Dennison, Andrew Elmore, and Emily Nastase attended the second biennial State of the Verde Watershed conference. Focus groups discussed the preliminary results of the Verde River Watershed Report Card. Report card indicator methods and scores were generally well-received, although some adjustments will be made moving forward. Thanks to the hard work of the report card team and input from conference participants, the Verde River Watershed Report Card is on track to be released in February 2020. Read Emily's blog about the conference here.

Happy Holidays!

Our offices will be closed from December 25, 2019 to January 1, 2020. See you next year!

International Seagrass Biology Workshop 2020

In August 2020, IAN will be hosting the fourteenth biennial International Seagrass Biology Workshop (ISBW14) in Annapolis, Maryland. The theme of the conference is "Signs of Success: Reversing the Course of Seagrass Degradation." Visit the ISBW14 website for more information.