Practical recommendations to help students bridge the research-implementation gap and promote conservation

Diana M. Pietri, Georgina G. Gurney, Nancy Benitez-Vina, Audrey Kuklok, Sara M. Maxwell, Libby Whiting, Michael A. Vina, Lekelia D. Jenkins

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Abstract

Seasoned conservation researchers often struggle to bridge the research-implementation gap and promote the translation of their work into meaningful conservation actions. Graduate students face the same problems and must contend with obstacles such as limited opportunities for relevant interdisciplinary training and a lack of institutional support for application of research results. However, students also have a crucial set of opportunities (e.g., access to academic resources outside their degree programs and opportunities to design research projects promoting collaboration with stakeholders) at their disposal to address these problems. On the basis of results of breakout discussions at a symposium on the human dimensions of the ocean, a review of the literature, and our own experiences, we devised recommendations on how graduate students can create resources within their academic institutions, institutionalize resources, and engage with stakeholders to promote real-world conservation outcomes. Within their academic institutions, graduate students should foster links to practitioners and promote knowledge and skill sharing among students. To institutionalize resources, students should cultivate student leaders and faculty sponsors, systematically document their program activities, and engage in strategic planning to promote the sustainability of their efforts. While conducting research, students should create connections to and engage actively with stakeholders in their relevant study areas and disseminate research results both to stakeholders and the broader public. Our recommendations can serve as a template for graduate students wishing to bridge the research-implementation gap, both during their current studies and in their future careers as conservation researchers and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)958-967
Number of pages10
JournalConservation Biology
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Conservation education
  • Graduate education
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Research-implementation gap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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    Pietri, D. M., Gurney, G. G., Benitez-Vina, N., Kuklok, A., Maxwell, S. M., Whiting, L., Vina, M. A., & Jenkins, L. D. (2013). Practical recommendations to help students bridge the research-implementation gap and promote conservation. Conservation Biology, 27(5), 958-967. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12089