Literature Review

Socioenvironmental sustainability and actionable science

Authors: Palmer  
[ Palmer, M. 2012. Socioenvironmental sustainability and actionable science. Bioscience 62 (1): 5-6. ] Palmer addresses “actionable science” – science that not only carries policy implications, but also directly addresses policy questions regarding ecosystem management. Actionable science, developed as an interdisciplinary collaboration between natural scientists, social scientists and policymakers, not only helps answer policy questions but also stimulates new and innovative research.   [Edit this posting]

Stakeholder participation for environmental management

Authors: Reed  
[ Reed, M.S. 2008. Stakeholder participation for environmental management: a literature review. Biological Conservation, 141: 2417-2431. ] Reed provides a review of the extant literature on stakeholder engagement into the scientific study of SES, with a particular focus on the best methods of stakeholder participation. When stakeholder’s participation is emphasized as a process with a focus on empowerment, equity, trust and learning, he argues that this not only best engages the stakeholders, but also allows for integration of public and scientific knowledge to best understand complex SES.   [Edit this posting]

Who's in and why? Stakeholder analysis methods

Authors: Reed  
[ Reed et al. 2009. Who’s in and why? A typology of stakeholder analysis methods for natural resource management. J. of Environmental Management. 90: 1933-49. ] Reed et al. (2009) review the various extant methods of stakeholder analysis, concentrating on methods for identifying stakeholders, categorizing stakeholders and investigating the relationships between stakeholders. They then detail the limitations of all extant methods, and provide a framework to best perform stakeholder analysis, cautioning that the best stakeholder analysis method is often dependent on the aims and context of the research study at hand.   [Edit this posting]

Web-Based Environmental Simulation: Bridging the Gap between Scientific Modeling and Decision-Making

Authors: Buytaert, Baez, Bustamante, Dewulf  
[ Buytaert W. et al. 2012. Web-based environmental simulation: bridging the gap between scientific modeling and decision-making. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46: 1971-76. ] This article describes the shift from the traditional mode in which models and large datasets are housed in academic institutions and understood only by scientists to a new emerging mode in which data and models can be made interactive for local users through web-tools. It highlights the importance of: 1) working closely with local stakeholders, engaging them in the data collection and modeling process, and the benefits of sharing knowledge, 2) integrating physical and socio-economic data and models, and 3) metadata, data workflow, etc.   [Edit this posting]
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Comparison of Frameworks for Analyzing Social-ecological Systems

Authors: Binder, Hinkel, Bots, Pahl-Wostl  
Binder et al. introduce a classification of the frameworks used in analysis of Socio-Ecological Systems (SES). They conclude that no single framework can be universally applied to all SES studies, and instead the best framework for a given study should be selected in light of its pros and cons, and the research concerns of the study at hand.   [Edit this posting]
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Strategies for Creating a Conspicuous, Effective, and Memorable Poster Presentation

Authors: Zarnetske  
Provides a road map of strategic steps that will help you create and deliver a poster presentation that is conspicuous, effective, and memorable. These key steps are: (1) know and embrace the value of a poster presentation; (2) carefully choose your session and title; (3) create a storyline and format for your poster that facilitates giving and receiving information; (4) obey the fundamental published guidelines for formatting the content, text, and visualizations of a poster; (5) practice, practice, practice the presentation and get feedback before the conference; (6) self-promote and be outgoing before, during, and after your presentation; and (7) appreciate, interact with, and maintain your audience. Execute these steps and you will be an effective communicator and your science will be memorable.   [Edit this posting]
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A Guide to Understanding Social Science Research for Natural Scientists

Authors: Moon, Blackman  
[ Moon, K. and D. Blackman. 2014. A guide to understanding social science research for natural scientists. Conservation Biology. ] Moon and Blackman provide a guide for natural scientists to understand many of the philosophical underpinnings of social science research. They argue that, as many natural scientists are realizing that conservation problems are tightly interlinked with social problems, productive dialogue between natural and social science requires researchers to be able to understand and accurately interpret each other’s work.   [Edit this posting]
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Bridging Disciplinary Divides: Developing an Interdisciplinary STEM Workforce

Authors: Carney, Neishi  
Findings from a Follow-up Study of PhD Graduates of the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program [October 2010]   [Edit this posting]
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Improving the culture of interdisciplinary research

Authors: Goring et al.   (Uploaded by: Danelle Larson)
Interdisciplinary collaboration is essential to understand ecological systems at scales critical to human decision making. Current reward structures are problematic for scientists engaged in interdisciplinary research, particularly early career researchers, because academic culture tends to value only some research outputs, such as primary-authored publications. These authors present a framework for the costs and benefits of collaboration, with a focus on early career stages, and show how the implementation of novel measures of success can help defray the costs of collaboration.   [Edit this posting]
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Defining concepts and the process of knowledge production in integrative research

Authors: Tress, Fry  
Recent surveys of integrative landscape research projects and their funding bodies have revealed a lack of common understanding of integrative research concepts such as interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity. This lack of common understanding has had negative consequences for the success of integrative landscape research projects. This chapter presents a set of definitions for integrative and related research concepts.   [Edit this posting]
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