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Best practices for graduate student socio-ecological research

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At present, the LTER Network is in the implementation phase of the Integrated Science for Society and Environment (ISSE) initiative, a ten-year plan to promote socio-ecological research. The ISSE recognizes graduate students as the next generation of lead scientists in the LTER Network by stressing the importance of training and supporting trans-disciplinary graduate student research. Surveys and interviews of LTER graduate students suggest that students face different institutional, cultural, and logistical barriers to practicing socio-ecological research within the network, yet there are many thriving socio-ecological research projects within the network involving graduate students. In this working group, we would like to bring together graduate students and mentors from successful socio-ecological research projects with the following goals:

1) To disseminate the results of a 2009 ASM working group on the lived experiences of graduate students performing socio-ecological research within the LTER network by providing an overview of survey and interview results to spark discussion on successful socio-ecological projects,

2) To promote discussion of and generate a guide for best practices for graduate student socio-ecological research within the LTER network to be posted online and to appear in an issue of the LTER network newsletter.

3) To write a guide for general best practices for graduate student socio-ecological research using LTER project case studies to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Sydne Record
Michele Romolini
Yevgeniy Marusenko
Rebecca Garvoille
R. Stuart Geiger
Preferred date(s): 
Sept 10
Sept 11
Sept 12
Number of 2 hour sessions requested: 
Equipment requested: 
Overhead projector
Additional Comments: 
If possible, please, do not schedule this working group in conflict with the 'Foundation species in North American forests' working group.
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Background Photo by: Nicole Hansen - Jornada (JRN) LTER