New Paper: Beyond Science Advocacy

Based on our belief that scientific understanding is fundamental to public discourse and policy debates, the question is how ecological scientists can engage most effectively while avoiding reputational costs regarding objectivity (perceived or otherwise). In the hope of broadening scientific participation in ecology and conservation, we highlight three general avenues by which ecologists can apply their training and skills to engage in the public and policy arena, namely by (1) broadening research impacts, (2) enhancing outreach to nontraditional audiences, and (3) participating directly in the policy process. By creating opportunities and incentives, universities and funding entities can facilitate greater public outreach and policy engagement by scientists. We provide suggestions on institutional changes that will help accelerate such activities.

Wittemyer, G., J. Berger, K.R. Crooks, B.R. Noon, L. Pejchar, S.E. Reed and J.A. Savidge. (In press.) To advocate is no longer the question: Paths to enhance scientific engagement. BioScience.