Monday, December 28, 2015

New paper just out: Five ways to support interdisciplinary work before tenure

Benson, M.H., Lippitt, C.D., Morrison, R., Cosens, B., Boll, J., Chaffin, B.C., Fremier, A.K., Heinse, R., Kauneckis, D., Link, T.E., Scruggs, C.E., Stone, M., Valentin, V. 2015. Five ways to support interdisciplinary work before tenure. Journal of Environmental Studies and Science

       Academic institutions often claim to promote interdisciplinary teaching and research. Prescriptions for successfully engaging in interdisciplinary efforts, however, are usually directed at the individuals doing the work rather than the institutions evaluating them for the purpose of tenure and promotion. Where institutional recommendations do exist, they are often general in nature and lacking concrete guidance. Here, we draw on our experiences as students and faculty participating in three interdisciplinary water resource management programs in the USA to propose five practices that academic institutions can adopt to effectively support interdisciplinary work. We focus on reforms that will support pre-tenure faculty because we believe that an investment in interdisciplinary work early in one’s career is both particularly challenging and seldom rewarded. Recommended reforms include (1) creating metrics that reward interdisciplinary scholarship, (2) allowing faculty to “count” teaching and advising loads in interdisciplinary programs, (3) creating a “safe fail” for interdisciplinary research proposals and projects, (4) creating appropriate academic homes for interdisciplinary programs, and (5) rethinking “advancement of the discipline” as a basis for promotion and tenure.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A good write-up on the Riparian Connectivity Network paper from WSU News and EurekAlert.

Check out the write up by Will Ferguson (WSU) on our article. Amanda begins to discuss the next steps, i.e. her dissertation.

Check it out HERE or HERE.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Could a riparian conservation network increase the ecological resilience of public lands?

Nice write-up by co-author Mike Kiparsky on the Legal Planet blog on our Riparian Connectivity Network piece. A very smooth summary of the idea.  Thanks Mike.

Find the article here.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Riparian Conservation Network for Ecological Resilience... published paper in Biological Conservation

My colleague and I published a paper on the use of riparian areas for building habitat connectivity across large landscapes.   Check it out here.

See the pattern in conservation easements below?  It seems as though the policies are already in place, but the organizing spatially our efforts could really help to restore connectivity.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dr. Oscar lands a faculty job at UPR-RUM

Oscar interviewed pre-defense for faculty position at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez. He is in the College of Agriculture and Mechanical Engineering (Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mecanicas)

Congrats Dr. Abelleira!  


UPR-RUM... nice acronym.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Oscar Abelleira successfully defined his thesis. Well done OJ!

More than three solid papers will come out of this work...  Beleza Dr. OJ!!!


Joe Parzych completed a strong thesis and already has a job lined up. Congrats Joe!

Joe thesis is titled: 

Start in just two weeks time, Joe will be starting work at Inter-Fluve, Inc., a consultant agency based in Hood River, Oregon. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Todd Buxton published first paper from his dissertation in CJAFS. Well Done, Dr. Buxton.

Check out the early draft online: Modeling the influence of salmon spawning on hyporheic exchangeof marine-derived nutrients in gravel streambeds  at the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Using field data and a two-dimensional groundwater model, Todd illustrates the potential spawning effect on nutrient uptake in streams. Spoiler alert: its positive.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Special issue on Adaptive Governance online... Check out the Cosens and Fremier paper on assessing resilience in the Columbia River Basin

The special issue is in the Idaho Natural Resources and Environmental Law Edition of the Idaho Law Review. These contributions are from our working group on Adaptive Governance lead by Barb Cosens and Lance Gunderson. Click here to find each chapter from six basins around the US and other chapters.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Kath is killin' it! Communication piece on the Special Issue

Check out the cover story by Dr. Katherine Strickler on the Special Issue on eDNA in Biological Conservation...  click here.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Newest paper on eDNA emerges from the lab in a Special Issue in Biological Conservation

Congratulations Dr. Katherine Strickler!   For more, click here.  Kath's paper reports on a mesocosm experiment aimed at quantifying the rates among factors controlling DNA degradation in the environment.

A sneak peek at the results...