Integrated science and interdisciplinary research for parks and protected areas

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Edited by: Samantha Weber

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Abstract

This paper summarizes presentations and discussion that focused on integrated science and the use of interdisciplinary research during a panel session held at the George Wright Society Meeting in New Orleans, March 14, 2011. The panel brought together nationally recognized members from the social and biological scientific communities, along with decision-makers and managers of parks and protected areas.


The goal of the panel was to spark a discussion among panel members and the audience on the benefits and challenges of utilizing interdisciplinary research and integrated science to answer complex questions at the international, national, regional, and local park levels. The key focus points for the panel presentations and subsequent discussion revolved around the following five questions: How do we define interdisciplinary research and integrated science? What are the benefits, drawbacks, and challenges of interdisciplinary research and integrated science? When should this type of science be used? What are the barriers to employing interdisciplinary research and integrated science, and how can those perceived barriers be overcome? What are some examples of situations where this type of science has worked for you? We will break this paper down into seven sections, each summarizing the results of the panel presentations and subsequent audience discussion:


1. How do we define integrated science and interdisciplinary research?
2. The need for integrated science.
3. The challenges of integrated science and interdisciplinary research.
4. The benefits of integrated science and interdisciplinary research.
5. Integrated science in protected area management.
6. Communicating integrated science.
7. Key components to improve scientific outcomes.

Additional publication details

Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Integrated science and interdisciplinary research for parks and protected areas
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher The George Wright Society
Publisher location Hancock, MI
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center, Contaminant Biology Program
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Rethinking Protected Areas in a Changing World: Proceedings of the 2011 GWS Biennial Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites
First page 350
Last page 355