Publications by Caroline Donovan

IAN is committed to producing practical, user-centered communications that foster a better understanding of science and enable readers to pursue new opportunities in research, education, and environmental problem-solving. Our publications synthesize scientific findings using effective science communication techniques.

Chesapeake Bay & Watershed Report Card 2020 (Page 1)

Chesapeake Bay & Watershed Report Card 2020

Alexandra Fries, Sky Swanson, Caroline Donovan, Annie Carew, Joe Edgerton, Heath Kelsey ·
22 June 2021

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Chesapeake Bay. Since 2016, UMCES has engaged stakeholders throughout the watershed to transform the report card into an evaluation of the Chesapeake Watershed health. Watershed health includes traditional ecosystem indicators, but also social, economic, and cultural indicators. This is the second year the watershed has been scored, and four new indicators have been added.

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2020 Chesapeake Bay Report Card Economic Indicator Two-Pager (Page 1)

Local economy indicators coming next year

Michael Shuman, George Chmael ·
22 June 2021

This newsletter highlights synthesis outcomes from the Fall 2020 Economic Indicators workshop. Five new economic indicators were generated that will eventually be incorporated into future iterations of the Chesapeake Bay Report Card.

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Nutrient Trends and Drivers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (Page 1)

Nutrient Trends and Drivers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Hyer, K..E., Phillips, S.W., Ator, S.W., Moyer, D.L., Webber, J.S., Felver, R., Keisman, J.L., McDonnell, L. A., Murphy, R., Trentacoste, E. M., Zhang, Q., Dennison, W.C., Swanson, S., Walsh, B., Hawkey, J., Taillie, D., ·
26 January 2021

The Chesapeake Bay Program maintains an extensive nontidal monitoring network, measuring nitrogen and phosphorus (nutrients) at more than 100 locations on rivers and streams in the watershed. Data from these locations are used by USGS to assess the ecosystem’s response to nutrient-reduction efforts.

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Coral reef condition : A status report for U.S. Coral Reefs (Page 1)

Coral reef condition : A status report for U.S. Coral Reefs

Donovan EC, Towle E, Kelsey RH, Allen M, Barkley H, Besemer N, Blondeau J, Eakin M, Edwards K, Enochs I, Fleming C, Geiger E, Grove LJ, Groves S, Johnson M, Johnston M, Kindinger T, Manzello D, Miller M, Oliver T, Samson J, and Viehman S. ·
11 November 2020

Pacific and Atlantic data from 2012–2018 indicate that U.S. coral reefs are in fair condition. Most themes did not meet their historical references, meaning they are moderately to very impacted. There are exceptions, but overall, the data suggest that reefs are vulnerable to further decline due to threats from ocean warming and acidification, coral disease, and fishing impacts. Download the document to learn more about U.S. Coral Reef condition.

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2020 Status Report Scoring Methodology for Atlantic Jurisdictions (Page 1)

2020 Status Report Scoring Methodology for Atlantic Jurisdictions

Donovan EC, Towle EK, Blondeau J, Eakin M, Edwards K, Edwards P, Enochs I, Fleming C, Formel N, Geiger E, Gorstein M, Grove J, Groves S, Johnson M, Kelsey RH, Manzello D, Miller N, and Viehman S ·
6 November 2020

The primary purpose of this document is to describe the scoring process used for all the Atlantic jurisdictions: Florida, the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), Puerto Rico, and the Flower Garden Banks.

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2019 Chesapeake Bay & Watershed Report Card (Page 1)

2019 Chesapeake Bay & Watershed Report Card

Alexandra Fries, Sky Swanson, Dylan Taillie, Caroline Donovan, Max Hermanson, Heath Kelsey ·
19 May 2020

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Chesapeake Bay. Since 2016, UMCES has engaged stakeholders throughout the watershed to transform the report card into an evaluation of the Chesapeake Watershed health. Watershed health includes traditional ecosystem indicators, but also social, economic, and cultural indicators. This is the first year the watershed has been scored, using five indicators of ecological and socioeconomic health.

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Coral reef condition: A status report for Florida's coral reef

Erica Towle, Erick Geiger, Jay Grove, Sarah Groves, Shay Viehman, Matthew Johnson, Jeremiah Blondeau, Jennifer Stein, Matt Gorstein, Amanda Borque, Alejandro Acosta, Meaghan Johnson, Mike Feeley, Francisco Pagan, Lauri MacLaughlin, Kathryn Lohr, Caitlin Lustic, Karen Bohnsack, Jim Bohnsack, Derek Manzello, Ian Enochs, Jennifer Koss, Kimberly Edwards, Peter Edwards, Andy Bruckner, Sara Thanner, Jennifer Herbig, Kelly Montenero, Dana Wusinich-Mendez, Kurtis Gregg, Chris Kelble, Tom Moore, Leanne Rutten, Philip Kramer, Pat Quinn, Erick Ault, Jerald Ault, Sarah Fangman, Chloe Fleming, David Gilliam, Kirk Kilfoyle, Brian Walker, Diego Lirman. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series of documents to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. Florida's Coral Reef status report is part of a larger effort to provide the public and decision-makers with information about managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems.

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Coral reef condition: A status report for Puerto Rico (Page 1)

Coral reef condition: A status report for Puerto Rico

Antares Alvarez, Eileen Alicea, Helena Antoun, Jeremiah Blondeau, Ernesto Diaz, Caroline Donovan, Kimberly Edwards, Peter Edwards, Ian Enochs, Tania Metz Estrella, Chloe Fleming, Nate Formel, Reni Garcia, Erick Geiger, Matt Gorstein, Melissa Gonzalez, Sean Griffin, Jay Grove, Sarah Groves, Miguel Figuerola Hernandez, Matthew Johnson, Chris Jeffrey, Aurora Justiniano-Santos, Heath Kelsey, Nilda Jimenez Marrero, Derek Manzello, Nathan Miller, Michael Nemeth, Hector Ruiz, Jorge Sabater, Erica Towle, Orian Tzadik, Michelle Schärer-Umpierre, Shay Viehman, Ernesto Weil, and Stacey Williams. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. The Puerto Rico coral reef status report is part of a larger effort to provide communities and decision-makers with information about managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems.

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Coral reef condition: A status report for the U.S. Virgin Islands (Page 1)

Coral reef condition: A status report for the U.S. Virgin Islands

Jeremiah Blondeau, Marilyn Brandt, Mark Eakin, Kimberly Edwards, Kitty Edwards, Peter Edwards, Ian Enochs, Mike Feeley, Chloe Fleming, Nate Formel, Erick Geiger, Matt Gorstein, Jay Grove, Sarah Groves, Leslie Henderson, Marlon Hibbert, Nathaniel Holloway, Matt Johnson, Thomas Kelley, Heath Kelsey, Jennifer Koss, Derek Manzello, Caroline Pott, Tyler Smith, Erica Towle, Shay Viehman. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series of documents to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. The USVI coral status report is part of a larger effort to provide the public and decision-makers with information about managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems.

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