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Webinar: CSI Oyster: a community science initiative on environment-oyster interaction in Chesapeake Bay
Thursday, 01 April 2021, 12:00
Thursday, April 1, 2021. 12:00 PM. Webinar: CSI Oyster: a community science initiative on environment-oyster interaction in Chesapeake Bay. Emily Rivest, Virginia Institute of Marine Science; Bart Merrick, NOAA Environmental Science Training Center. Sponsored by Sharing Ocean Acidification Resources for Communicators and Educators (SOARCE). More information here.
As coastal landscapes change, management professionals are working hard to transition research results into actions that support scientifically informed decisions impacting coastal communities. This type of research faces many challenges due to competing priorities, but boundary spanning organizations can help mediate these conflicts by forming transdisciplinary collaborations. The National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant), a NOAA-based agency, is a networked organization of 34 university-based state programs that uses a three pronged approach of research, extension, andeducation to move academic research into the hands of stakeholders and decisionmakers. The objective of this study is to better understand strategies for successful research to application (R2A) projects that address complex environmental problems occurring in a socio-economic context. Specifically,this work examines R2A projects from the Sea Grant network to better understand the drivers for project development and common deliverables produced through the R2A process. We identify five common facilitating factors that enabled ‘successful’ R2A across all projects: platforms for partnerships, iterative communication, transparent planning, clear examples of R2A, and graduate student involvement. By providing examples of successful frameworks, we hope to encourage more organizations to engage in the R2A process.