Initiating dialogue between scientists and managers of biological invasions

Shaw, Justine D., Wilson, John R. U. and Richardson, David M. (2010) Initiating dialogue between scientists and managers of biological invasions. Biological Invasions, 12 12: 4077-4083. doi:10.1007/s10530-010-9821-9

Author Shaw, Justine D.
Wilson, John R. U.
Richardson, David M.
Title Initiating dialogue between scientists and managers of biological invasions
Journal name Biological Invasions   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1387-3547
Publication date 2010-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10530-010-9821-9
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 12
Issue 12
Start page 4077
End page 4083
Total pages 7
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract We describe an initiative to improve the flow of information between researchers and managers as part of two international scientific symposia on biological invasions held in South Africa in 2008 and 2009. Formal workshops and information sessions for land managers were run during the symposia. At the end of each symposium, the managers ran dedicated question-and-answer sessions on the research they felt was needed to improve their work. We discuss the potential of such interventions to increase interaction and awareness between researchers and managers of biological invasions. The symposia certainly provided the managers with opportunities to think about broader issues and develop contacts, but problems with terminology use and the lack of solutions specific to their context tempered the value of their experience. Conversely, researchers at times under-estimated the managers perceived relevance of their presentations to management. The structured and facilitated attendance of managers of invasive plants at international conferences on invasion biology is one mechanism for at least narrowing “the gap” between science and management.
Keyword Biological invasions
Invasion science
Science and society
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
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