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Document Type: Journal Article
Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 8727
Title: When good fences make bad neighbors: overcoming disciplinary barriers to improve natural resource management
Author: P. S. Levin, Leif E. Anderson
Publication Year: 2016
Journal: Coastal Management
Keywords: Robert Frost,interdisciplinary integration,economic valuation

The traditional disciplines of natural resource management are rooted in university departments, each with their own traditions, theories, approaches and professional journals.  While individual fields have contributed a great deal to our body of knowledge, the time has come to tear down the walls among them.  Here we examine some of the characteristics of successful interdisciplinary research highlighted by the professional legacy of our late colleague, Mark Plummer.  Through this lens, we hope to provide practical guidance for researchers conducting meaningful research integrating social and natural sciences supporting natural resource management.  

Theme: Ecosystem approach to improve management of marine resources
Foci: Provide scientific support for the implementation of ecosystem-based management
Describe the interaction between human activities, particularly harvest of marine resources, and ecosystem function.