Chesapeake Bay SAV Watchers: A new citizen science program for monitoring Bay grasses

April 12, 2019
Last month we put the finishing touches on a year-long effort to develop a monitoring program for volunteers who collect data on submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) throughout the Chesapeake Bay. The new program is called Chesapeake Bay SAV Watchers. Throughout this project, we collaborated with various stakeholders, including SAV experts, volunteer monitoring coordinators, and citizen scientists.

IAN as a Boundary Organization

April 8, 2019
My first reaction to being invited to talk about Integration and Application Network (IAN) as a boundary organization was to ask, “What is a boundary organization?”. I looked up some definitions and liked the one that described a boundary organization in the following manner: “Organizations that facilitate collaboration and information flow between diverse research disciplines and between the research and public policy community”.

We are Trailblazers: The Chesapeake Bay Program in 2019

April 5, 2019
As part of the “Rounding the Curve on Adaptive Management” meeting in Richmond, VA, I gave the opening plenary talk. Kristin Saunders told me that the title and topic of the talk should be “We are Trailblazers”. The term “trailblazer” is described well by Ralph Waldo Emerson who said “Do not follow where the path may lead.

UMCES Annual Report 2018

April 2, 2019
Find out how UMCES provides the science for policymakers to address the pressing environmental issues in our communities in our latest annual report.

Spanning boundaries at the Society for Applied Anthropology conference

April 1, 2019
Earlier this month, Bill, Katie May, Vanessa, and I travelled to Portland, Oregon to attend the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) conference from March 19-23. We were all excited for the opportunity to learn from researchers and practitioners who work in the social sciences, and to absorb new ideas and approaches that will help us enhance IAN’s capacity to do work that spans natural and social science disciplines.