Hunting down the chimera of multiple disciplinarity in conservation science.
Bottom Line: We outline a 9-point sequence of steps for setting up a successful multiple disciplinary project.We urge multiple disciplinary teams to capture the challenges recognized, and solutions proposed, by their researchers while projects are in process.A database of well-documented case studies would showcase theories and methods from a variety of disciplines and their interactions, enable better comparative study and evaluation, and provide a useful resource for developing future projects and training multiple disciplinary researchers.
Affiliation: Imperial College Conservation Science, Munro Building, Silwood Park Campus, Buckhurst Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7PY, United Kingdom.Show MeSH
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Mentions: We used SCOPUS (an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature) and JSTOR (a digital library of peer-reviewed articles) to find the most productive search terms (yielding the most results) to capture articles on multiple disciplinary research on environmental problems (1960–2010). We used the 4 SCOPUS categories which yielded the most results, and added arts and humanities, as a neglected dimension. In JSTOR we used the categories area studies, biological sciences, development studies, social sciences, and humanities. We searched for the terms conservation biology, conservation, environmental problem, and ecology—each paired with the term multidisciplinary (see Figs.1 & 2). Individual conservation-specific journals including Conservation Biology, Ecology and Society, Environmental Conservation, and Oryx were also searched for the term multidisciplinary. The term multidisciplinary was used because it captured (was also used in) most papers also described as transdisciplinary or interdisciplinary.
Affiliation: Imperial College Conservation Science, Munro Building, Silwood Park Campus, Buckhurst Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7PY, United Kingdom.