Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card Released

Ocean City, MD, USA. Bill Dennison and Heath Kelsey presented the 2018 Coastal Bays Report Card on Monday, September 23, at the Marlin Club in West Ocean City, Maryland. Data for two of the six indicators were unavailable for the 2018 Report Card, which meant that the Coastal Bays received an Incomplete this year. Water quality results declined from 2017, because of very high rainfall, which was the third highest on record, and increased nutrient input to Coastal Bays. The problems in collecting seagrass data also illustrate the challenges of monitoring under climate change influences. Seagrass information is collected by aerial imagery, which requires specific conditions that were hampered by increased cloud cover.

Future Earth Coasts

Heath Kelsey met with the other members of the Future Earth Coasts Executive Committee in Bremen, Germany from September 11-13. Future Earth Coasts’ goal is to strengthen the science-policy interface and contribute to securing sustainable coastal communities. One highlight from the discussions is the next Open Science Conference called ‘Our Coastal Futures’, which will be hosted in October 2020 at the Gold Coast Campus of Southern Cross University in Australia. The conference will focus on integrating all knowledge types, and is an official United Nation endorsed event towards the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Society of Women in Marine Science

IAN staff members Bill Dennison, Katie May Laumann, Annie Carew, Nathan Miller, and Max Hermanson facilitated a science communication workshop at the first annual Delmarva Symposium of the Society of Women in Marine Science (SWMS), which was held at Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, MD. IAN staff gave presentations on storytelling, science visualization, and scientific poster design. Participants were encouraged to think about storytelling as a tool for science communication, and a poster design activity highlighted the importance of compelling visual elements.

Chesapeake Bay Report Card education

Caroline Donovan presented on the 2018 Chesapeake Bay report card to participants in the LEAD Maryland Fellowship Program, a two-year curriculum that increases the numbers and capacity of leaders serving agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities. The theme of the day was Water Resources and topics included hemp farming, oyster aquaculture, and the report card. It was also a welcome walk down memory lane for Caroline, who lived in Dorchester County during her graduate studies at Horn Point Laboratory.

Science Communication Workshop at CERF 2019

The Coastland and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) conference in November will feature two workshop courses taught by IAN staff. The course titles are "Analyzing, Synthesizing, and Communicating Your Data" and "Best Practices in Science Communication.

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.