Publications by Emily Nastase

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.

2019 Bhitarkanika Conservation Area Report Card– 1 (Page 1)

2019 Bhitarkanika Conservation Area Report Card - 1

Simon Costanzo, Katie May Laumann, Emily Nastase ·
28 April 2021

The National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), jointly with the Odisha Forestry Sector Development Project (OFSDP-II) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, brought together over 40 local and regional experts and stakeholders in February 2019. Together the group chose ecosystem health indicators, thresholds and a reporting framework for Bhitarkanika Conservation Area.

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Lower Kafue River Basin Report Card (Page 1)

Lower Kafue River Basin 2019 Report Card

Simon Costanzo, Heath Kelsey, Annie Carew, Emily Nastase, Brianne Walsh ·
5 October 2020

The first-ever Lower Kafue River Basin Report Card examines the health of the Kafue River in Zambia. Sixteen indicators in five categories were assessed across seven regions within the basin. The basin received a moderate score of 49, a C, illustrating that some regions of the basin are in better condition than others. This report card includes a detailed summary of the process and indicators as well as proposed management interventions and strategic actions to improve basin and river health.

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Evaluating Transdisciplinary Approaches (Page 1)

Evaluating Transdisciplinary Approaches

Emily Nastase, Heath Kelsey, Bill Dennison, Max Hermanson, Katie May Laumann, Sky Swanson ·
28 July 2020

The Evaluating Transdisciplinary Approaches Workshop was convened by the Belmont Forum at the National Science Foundation and facilitated by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Alexandria, VA, USA on 26–28 June 2019. Participants of the workshop are part of a growing community of transdisciplinary research supporters and practitioners. Their efforts contribute to our fundamental and applied understanding of complex systems.

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2020 Verde River Watershed Report Card (Page 1)

2020 Verde River Watershed Report Card

Andrew Elmore, Alexandra Fries, Emily Nastase, Heath Kelsey ·
18 February 2020

Watershed report cards are powerful tools to describe ecosystem status, increase public awareness, and inform and influence decision makers to improve the health of a watershed. This is the first Verde River Watershed Report Card. It is the collective effort of dozens of stakeholders throughout the Verde watershed. Indicators in the report card were selected to assess the health of three different values in the Verde watershed: Water, Habitat, and Communities.

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2018 Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card (Page 1)

2018 Maryland Coastal Bays Report Card

Emily Nastase, Annie Carew, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Katie May Laumann ·
23 September 2019

The aim of this report card is to provide a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of 2018 Coastal Bays health. Coastal Bays health is defined as the progress of four water quality indicators (total nitrogen, total phosphorus, chlorophyll a, dissolved oxygen) and two biotic indicators (seagrass, hard clams) toward scientifically derived ecological thresholds or goals.

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Texas Coast Ecosystem Health Report Card 2019 (Page 1)

Texas Coast Ecosystem Health Report Card 2019

Jamie Currie, Heath Kelsey, Emily Nastase ·
29 May 2019

IAN staff and HRI scientists collaborated in a series of workshops in 2016 and 2018 to produce the 2019 Texas Coast Ecosystem Health Report Card. This report card uses 13 biotic and 2 abiotic indicators to determine the overall condition of the Texas coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The coastline scored a B- (80%) overall, indicating moderately good ecosystem health. The report card breaks its indicators into five different categories: water quality, fisheries, birds, oysters and seagrasses.

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Developing a Report Card for the Verde River Watershed (Page 1)

Verde River Watershed Report Card 2nd Newsletter

Apr. 4–5, 2019 Second stakeholder workshop summary

Andrew Elmore, Emily Nastase, Alexandra Fries, Heath Kelsey ·
17 May 2019

This newsletter summarizes outputs from the second stakeholder workshop to develop the Verde River Watershed Report Card. The objectives of the workshop were to: i) develop indicators, ii) discuss scoring approaches, and iii) establish narrative appropriate for the report card. Indicators for the report card center around three main themes: Water, Habitat, and Communities—all necessary components to determine the health of the Verde watershed.

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2012-2017 Everglades Report Card (Page 1)

2012-2017 Everglades Report Card

Alexandra Fries, Emily Nastase, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Donovan, Heath Kelsey ·
23 April 2019

This is the first Everglades report card. It is a RECOVER product that provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of health of the Florida Everglades using data from May 1, 2012 – April 30, 2017. The Everglades Report Card, a complement to the 2019 System Status Report, assesses and synthesizes ecological data to evaluate overall ecosystem condition using performance-driven metrics compared against a goal or ecologically-relevant threshold.

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