Motivation Holistic approach to management addresses biophysical and social complexities Social-ecological feedbacks Place-based approaches and participatory methods Scientists, managers, and policy makers need to work effectively across disciplines
Challenges for sustainability science Lack of clarity on the underlying conceptual issues – similar ideas expressed differently Methodological differences between biophysical and social sciences can preclude communication Lack of opportunity to meet and discuss issues Separation among disciplines (some is good)
Education can play key role Train young scientists, managers, policy makers in cross-cutting disciplines Exposure to different scientific and social cultures Build connections with national and international peers Interaction with resource users Engage public in conservation and management issues
1. Cross-institution course Short summer course with 2 modules: Topics and Skills Different perspectives of resource sustainability Cross-disciplinary group projects on issues related to marine resource sustainability Continue working on projects at home institutions Foster sustained, cross-disciplinary interactions
1. Cross-institution course Develop course syllabus and implementation this week Early career and established scientists from different disciplines contribute to course development and instruction Working groups have mentor to provide guidance Disseminate work through conferences, publications, etc.
2. Research exchanges Cross-disciplinary training opportunities for graduate students and post-docs Develop new skills, collaborations, mentoring relationships Students bring skills to visiting institutions and return to home institutions with new tools and perspectives
3. Undergraduate course curricula Course materials that integrate ecological and social science principles in marine conservation Students of fisheries, ecology, oceanography, education, marine economics, and history of science Online publications of course materials / syllabi Coos Bay Historical and Maritime Museum
Honors College course Oregons Ocean History of Fishing and Fisheries Science in Oregon How did we get here? Why has science moved in certain directions? Future? Topical issues from Oregon that integrate history, politics, sociology and biology Preparation for summer course, Global Learning course http://carmelfinley.wordpress.com/
Global Learning Course The Worlds Fisheries: Controversies, Policies, History, and Ecology Global perspective of the complexities of marine fisheries Status and social, ecological, economic, and political factors How our choices can affect the sustainability of coastal ecosystems and communities around the world http://carmelfinley.wordpress.com/
Expose students to the existing skills and theoretical frameworks from different disciplines Provide a foundation / framework that students can continue to build upon, point them to additional resources Group problem-solving exercise that leads to publication or outreach product Merge intra-disciplinary perspectives into something that is more than just a sum of the parts Summaries from the group
Topics and skills Sustainability summer course HistoryEcological principles ManagementQuant. & Theor. background on management tools Marine policy / governance Human subjects research TEK / LEK Decision making / trade offs Stakeholder engagement Transdisciplinary communication
Discussion points What is our sweeping statement? How do we tie together the perspectives of different disciplines? Who is the audience? Entry requirements? How can we help facilitate strong connections between students? What is the mechanism for facilitating interaction and exchange among students across disciplines after the course ends?