Governor Harry Hughes and his sweet dream of the Chesapeake Bay Program

March 22, 2019
The Chesapeake Bay Program held a biennial retreat in Richmond, Virginia on March 13-14, 2019. This retreat was organized by Kristin Saunders, with help from Dave Goshorn and many others. The goal of the retreat was to review the progress of the adaptive management cycle after the initial two years of its implementation. Kristin asked me to make the opening talk with the theme “We are Trailblazers” on March 13.

Project and workshops planning - Getting real on every detail

March 20, 2019
César Vázquez Gonzáles and Ricardo Merlos Riestra  During last week's class we saw two paramount videos for the course, and both were poured with several information. On the first lecture, Dr. Heath Kelsey talked shortly about how to make the five steps of the report card (RC) happen. It’s important to remember that planning goes beyond just the activities considered, so scoping the project, staffing and setting a timeline are some of these things.

Association for Science of Limnology and Oceanography in San Juan, Puerto Rico

March 15, 2019
The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (formerly American Society of Limnology and Oceanography; ASLO) held its winter meeting in the San Juan, Puerto Rico convention center. The theme of the conference was “Planet Water: Challenges and Successes”. The session that I contributed to was on “Ecosystem Based Management: Holistic Approaches to Effective Management of Regional Ecosystem”.

Ecosystem health report card - how should we tell the story?

March 13, 2019
Kawawa Banda and Chinyawezhi Kakoma Report cards are effective communications tools. They raise awareness of a river basin, explain the current health and challenges in a way everyone can understand, and create a public foundation to drive and track change.

Tracking Turtles with Telemetry

March 13, 2019
A new model has been created that can forecast the location of Eastern Pacific leatherback turtles along the coast of Central and South America in an effort to decrease bycatch mortality of this critically endangered and ecologically important species.