Integration & Application Network



Science for Environmental Management: This is a Marine-Estuarine Environmental Sciences (MEES) graduate program course taught every other spring semester by Bill Dennison and Don Boesch. It is a "flipped classroom" model, meaning class materials are provided ahead of time and lecture days are spent discussing materials. The students are in charge of discussion, keeping notes and writing a blog. Guest lecturers are often part of this course.

Transdisciplinary Science: Dennison, Heath Kelsey, and Michael Douglass teach this class through BlueJeans, a video conference service. In this discussion-based class, students analyze papers on transdisciplinary science, and work together to write their own scientific paper on the theory and application of transdisciplinary science.

Coupled Human and Natural Systems: This class combines social and natural sciences and serves as an introductory course in topics relevant to environmental application and the understanding of environmental problems. The first course was taught in the spring of 2017 by Dennison, Michael Baolisso, Christina Erell, and Klaus Hubacek. It has a flipped-classroom teaching style in which students write blogs and discuss the readings.

Report Cards: Dennison developed this course in fall 2015 around the Upper Potomac headwater report card. At the end of the semester, the class presented a printed report card at town hall meeting held at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Appalachian Laboratory.

Science Visualization: William C. Dennison leads this two-credit course via GoToMeeting, an online platform that enables students to take the class from anywhere. Students will learn data visualization techniques, including conceptual diagrams, photographs, maps, graphs and tables, in a “flipped classroom” style. Learn more. 

Communicating Science Effectively: The Integration and Application Network organizes one course per year, usually in May, for any interested persons. We are also available to conduct in-house courses by arrangement.


The goal of the IAN seminar series is to provide concise, thought-provoking ideas relating to Chesapeake Bay science and management. Short presentations (15 minutes maximum length) are immediately followed by a lunchtime discussion of the topics raised by the presenter. The discussion is summarized and is posted along with a pdf version of the seminar slides. The seminars are captured on video and posted under a Creative Commons license so they can be freely shared.

Seminars start at noon, and run for 45 mins (15 mins plus 30 min question/discussion time).

  • Science for Citizens seminars are held immediately following the monthly meetings of the Science Technical Analysis and Reporting (STAR) team meetings in the Joe Macknis Conference Room (Fish Shack) at the Chesapeake Bay Program Office. Get directions 
  • Citizens for Science seminars are conducted at the UMCES Annapolis Office. Get directions

If you have any queries or would like to contribute to next year's seminar series, please contact Bill Dennison at


Watch seminars, workshops and more on IAN's YouTube channel.