• Environmental Economists in Istanbul

    By Jane Harrison

    With 1,211 attendees, 720 presentations, and 58 countries represented, the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists challenged me to consider new economic approaches to environmental management and sustainable natural resource use. Held in Istanbul, Turkey, the conference brought together environmental economists from every continent sans Antarctica. Topics ranged from environmental valuation to wind energy policy to least cost solutions to prevent water pollution.

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  • Anchors Aweigh in Superior!

    By Marie Zhuikov

    In the name of maritime history, I recently accompanied maritime archaeologists Tamara Thomsen and Caitlin Zant of the Wisconsin Historical Society on a zigzag path around Superior, Wis. Joining us were Brittany Berrens with the Superior-Douglas County Chamber of Commerce and Sarah Blanck, executive director of the Superior Public Museums. Our first stop was unlikely – a popular burger and booze dive called the Anchor Bar and Grill. Known for its cheap and gut-busting burgers, the bar décor features maritime memorabilia on the inside. But what drew us was the memorabilia on the outside: two types of anchors, to be exact. While looking at her smartphone, Zant explained the differences between the anchors and how they relate to the maritime history of the area.

    The public is now privy to this information as well through six new geocaches located in Superior. Geocaching is a high-tech version of orienteering that relies on a hand-held Global Position System unit instead of a compass. Those who enjoy this activity begin at a known location, then use clues to decipher the coordinates of subsequent waypoints — ultimately finding a hidden container or cache.

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  • Farewell, Tim Campbell

    By Marie Zhuikov

    Wisconsin Sea Grant’s Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Specialist Tim Campbell is moving onto other AIS-infested waters, so to speak. Yesterday was Campbell’s last day before he starts his new job as a communications specialist in AIS prevention for University of Wisconsin Extension. But at least he doesn’t have to move – a change from his Sea Grant job, where he worked in three different locations during his three-year tenure: Manitowoc, Waukesha and Madison.

    Campbell is philosophical and excited about this change. “The thing I’m going to remember most is working with the stakeholders in the pet industry, wakeboard boat industry and fishing tournaments,” Campbell said. Growing up with a father who was a conservation officer opened Campbell’s eyes to behavior change through regulations and enforcement. But “with Sea Grant, I was able to talk to people before they were having problems, or while they were currently having problems, and help them fix them before law enforcement and regulators needed to be involved. I helped them become part of the solution,” he said.

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  • Scenes from College for Kids 2014 on the UW campus, where UW Sea Grant outreach specialists Tim Campbell, Kathy Kline and Titus Seilheimer talked Great Lakes, aquatic invasive species and limnology with future lake scientists. 



  • The Year in Knauss: CHOW and Underwater Exploration

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    Editor’s note: This is the second in an ongoing series of blog entries by Sarah Wilkins, UW Sea Grant’s 2014 Knauss Fellow, about her year-long placement in Washington, DC.

    By Sarah Wilkins

    Happy National Oceans Month!  A lot has happened since I last wrote (the snow melted, flowers bloomed and summer arrived to D.C.).  It’s crazy to think that my Knauss fellowship is one-third of the way over! 

    Things have been busy the past few weeks in the National Ocean Service Policy office. This coming week is Capitol Hill Ocean Week, also known as CHOW. The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, a private, non-profit organization created to assist the National Marine Sanctuary Program (which is part of the National Ocean Service), hosts the week of briefings and sessions related to the future health and prosperity of our oceans. The Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service, Holly Bamford, will be speaking on a panel entitled, “Climate Realities: Preparing for the Worst?” The session will tackle tough questions related to preparing the nation for extreme storm events, changing ocean chemistry and shifts in biological communities. I plan to attend many of the sessions!  

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