Foundations of translational ecology

TitleFoundations of translational ecology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsEnquist, Carolyn A. F., Jackson Stephen T., Garfin Gregg M., Davis Frank W., Gerber Leah R., Littell Jeremy A., Tank Jennifer L., Terando Adam J., Wall Tamara U., Halpern Benjamin S., J Hiers Kevin, Morelli T. L., McNie Elizabeth, Stephenson Nathan L., Williamson Matthew A., Woodhouse Connie A., Yung Laurie, Brunson Mark W., Hall Kimberly R., Hallett Lauren M., Lawson Dawn M., Moritz Max A., Nydick Koren R., Pairis Amber, Ray Andrea J., Regan Claudia, Safford Hugh D., Schwartz Mark W., and M Shaw Rebecca
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Pagination541 - 550
Date PublishedJan-12-2017
Keywordsclimate change, translational ecology

Ecologists who specialize in translational ecology (TE) seek to link ecological knowledge to decision making by integrating ecological science with the full complement of social dimensions that underlie today's complex environmental issues. TE is motivated by a search for outcomes that directly serve the needs of natural resource managers and decision makers. This objective distinguishes it from both basic and applied ecological research and, as a practice, it deliberately extends research beyond theory or opportunistic applications. TE is uniquely positioned to address complex issues through interdisciplinary team approaches and integrated scientist–practitioner partnerships. The creativity and context-specific knowledge of resource managers, practitioners, and decision makers inform and enrich the scientific process and help shape use-driven, actionable science. Moreover, addressing research questions that arise from on-the-ground management issues – as opposed to the top-down or expert-oriented perspectives of traditional science – can foster the high levels of trust and commitment that are critical for long-term, sustained engagement between partners.

Short TitleFront Ecol Environ