Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service
  
Treesearch

Research & Development Treesearch

 
Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Northern
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help
 

Science.gov - We Participate


USA.gov  Government Made Easy


Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.
20090-6090

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (1.4 MB)

Title: Communicating with the public: opportunities and rewards for individual ecologists

Author: Pace, Michael L.; Hampton, Stephanie E.; Limburg, Karin E.; Bennett, Elena M.; Cook, Elizabeth M.; Davis, Ann E.; Grove, J. Morgan; Kaneshiro, Kenneth Y.; LaDeau, Shannon L.; Likens, Gene E.; McKnight, Diane M.; Richardson, David C.; Strayer, David L.;

Date: 2010

Source: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 8(6): 292-298.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Many ecologists are interested in communicating science to the public and addressing societal concerns about environmental issues. Individual ecologists need to consider whether, when, and how this should be done. We propose that public outreach activities can be beneficial for ecologists at all stages of their career. There are diverse opportunities for such involvement, and these can vary enormously in terms of time and expertise required. Trends within the science of ecology, especially research focused on social-ecological systems, are likely to promote increased interactions with stakeholders and policy makers. To be effective in these interactions, ecologists should consider new approaches to communication and be aware of the potential roles scientists can play in public policy debates. Professional ecologists need to engage with non-scientific audiences; a review of such activities should be included in considerations for promotion, recognition, and awards, while also acknowledging variations in the inclinations and abilities of individual scientists. There are, however, few current standards for how much time ecologists should commit to public outreach, how time allocation might change over a career, or how to evaluate the quality of such activities. We ask ecologists to consider ways to evaluate the quality of interactions with the public and how to reward these efforts appropriately.

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • This publication may be available in hard copy. Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
  • Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact Sharon Hobrla, shobrla@fs.fed.us if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.

XML: View XML

Citation:


Pace, Michael L.; Hampton, Stephanie E.; Limburg, Karin E.; Bennett, Elena M.; Cook, Elizabeth M.; Davis, Ann E.; Grove, J. Morgan; Kaneshiro, Kenneth Y.; LaDeau, Shannon L.; Likens, Gene E.; McKnight, Diane M.; Richardson, David C.; Strayer, David L. 2010. Communicating with the public: opportunities and rewards for individual ecologists. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 8(6): 292-298.

 


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.