Interdisciplinary conservation; meeting the challenge for a better outcome: experiences from sturgeon conservationCarolyn M. Rosten
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Høgskoleringen 9, PO Box 6215, NO-7486 Trondheim, Norway. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marine and Freshwater Research 68(9) 1577-1584 https://doi.org/10.1071/MF16085
Submitted: 19 March 2016 Accepted: 19 November 2016 Published: 1 February 2017
Despite an obvious benefit by involving society in conservation research, interdisciplinary research remains the exception and not the norm. Integration of natural and social science into interdisciplinary conservation research poses several challenges related to (1) different perspectives and theories of knowledge, (2) mismatches in expectations of appropriate data (i.e. quantitative v. qualitative, accuracy), (3) an absence of agreed frameworks and communication issues and (4) different publishing protocols and approaches for reaching conclusions. Hence, when embarking on an interdisciplinary conservation project, there are several stereotypic challenges that may be met along the way. On the basis of experiences with an interdisciplinary sturgeon conservation project, several recommendations are presented for those considering (or considering not!) to establish interdisciplinary conservation research.
Additional keywords: cross-disciplinary collaboration, multidisciplinary, science and politics.
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