Workshop Agenda


Learning Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, students will be able to:

  1. Describe how current environmental challenges are related to human systems.
  2. Evaluate different human responses to environmental challenges
  3. Improve understanding of ecological principles.
  4. Develop research questions to explore how ecosystem services (food, fiber, air, water and energy), quality of life, and economics are related.
  5. Understand tools that can be used to evaluate different policy responses to environmental change.
  6. Analyze spatially explicit interactions between policy, land-use and land-cover change, and ecosystems using GIS.
  7. Apply principles for effective science communication to both scientific and general audiences
    Understand the basis of socioeconomic and ecological datasets.
  8. Gain familiarity with NEON framework.


Sunday, June 2, 2013
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm All Student workshop participants arrive
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Planning Committee Meeting
5:00 pm Welcome & Introductions
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Workshop Introduction: Global Scale Environmental Issues, FED & NEON
Brian Wee
7:30 pm Science Communication : Conceptionary
Bill Dennison & Jane Thomas
8:30 pm Free
Monday, June 3, 2013
7:00 am Breakfast available
8:30 am Science Communication : IAN Conceptual Diagrams
Bill Dennison & Jane Thomas
9:30 am Environmental challenges & Watershed Concepts
Allen Roberts
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Data / Spatial Analysis
Andrew Elmore, Steven Guinn, Allen Roberts, Leah Wasser
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Ecological Concepts
Carla Restrepo & Leah Wasser
2:30 pm Break
3:00 pm Social-Economic Dimensions
Alan Collins
4:30 pm Working Group Session #1: Brainstorm ideas for research questions
Carla Restrepo
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Evening Presentation
Don Bosch, President of UMCES
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
7:00 am Breakfast Available
8:30 am The Bay Game
Jeffrey Plank, Dave Smith and Gerry Learmonth
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Reflect on Bay Game Experience
11:00 am Working Group Session #2: Share research questions, Work on investigation, data alaysis, etc. for group research
Alan Collins
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Working Group Session #3: Work on investigation, data analysis, etc. for group research question
Leah Wasser
2:00 pm Science Communication: digital presentation skills
Jane Thomas & Bill Dennison
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm Working Group Session #4: Work on investigation, data analysis, etc. for group research question. Prepare for 5 min presentation to joint workshop group on Thursday morning.
Andrew Elmore
5:00 pm Joint Meeting Reception
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Free Time
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
R/V Rachel CarsonField trip to University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

  1. Overview of scientific sampling techniques for water quality and estuary health aboard the R/V Rachel Carson.
  2. Understanding error in spatial analysis at Jefferson Patterson Park
  3. A conversations with land managers: How data is used to create and implement policy at local scales.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Joint Workshop Meeting time, Career Panel discussion & Working Groups.
Friday, June 7, 2013
Final Presentations & Workshop wrap-up.

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