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    Author(s): Sydne Record; Paige F. B. Ferguson; Elise Benveniste; Rose A. Graves; Vera W. Pfeiffer; Michele Romolini; Christie E. Yorke; Ben Beardmore
    Date: 2016
    Source: Ecology and Society
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    Interdisciplinary, collaborative research capable of capturing the feedbacks between biophysical and social systems can improve the capacity for sustainable environmental decision making. Networks of researchers provide unique opportunities to foster social-ecological inquiry. Although insights into interdisciplinary research have been discussed elsewhere, they rarely address the role of networks and often come from the perspectives of more senior scientists. We have provided graduate student perspectives on interdisciplinary degree paths from within the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network. Focusing on data from a survey of graduate students in the LTER Network and four self-identified successful graduate student research experiences, we examined the importance of funding, pedagogy, research design and development, communication, networking, and culture and attitude to students pursuing social-ecological research. Through sharing insights from successful graduate student approaches to social-ecological research within the LTER Network, we hope to facilitate dialogue between students, faculty, and networks to improve training for interdisciplinary scientists.

     

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    Record, Sydne; Ferguson, Paige F. B.; Benveniste, Elise; Graves, Rose A.; Pfeiffer, Vera W.; Romolini, Michele; Yorke, Christie E.; Beardmore, Ben. 2016. Graduate students navigating social-ecological research: insights from the Long-Term Ecological Research Network. Ecology and Society, Vol. 21(1) 9 p. 10.5751/ES-08111-210107

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    epistemology, graduate students, Integrated Science for Society and Environment, interdisciplinary, Long-Term Ecological Research Network

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