NCEAS Project 12178

Disciplinary synthesis and collaboration in ecology: Organizations, research groups, and work lives

  • John N. Parker

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Postdoctoral Fellow11th August 2008—10th August 2011Participant List  

This is a proposal to extend and develop an ongoing investigation of current attempts to synthesize research in ecology and the social sciences. Ecology is undergoing a rapid transformation, a major component of which is the increasingly interdisciplinary scope of ecological research. Among the most salient attempts to bridge disciplines are occurring between ecology and the social sciences. Driven by the complexity of social-ecological interactions and pressing environmental concerns, attempts to merge these disciplines have become institutionalized in research centers, funding initiatives, scholarly journals and conferences. Because change has been rapid, little is known about the character of these efforts and their impact on science. These issues will be explored through a comparative, multi-method investigation of the practice and outcomes of synthetic social-ecological research. Expected outcomes include: 1) enhancing understanding of the most effective means by which to catalyze disciplinary synthesis, 2) advancing knowledge about the social and technical processes characteristic of synthetic collaborations, 3) increasing insight regarding the effect of synthetic participation on researchers’ careers, and 4) providing information on disciplinary synthesis as an agent of scientific change.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Report or White Paper Crona, Beatrice; Parker, John N. 2008. Report on boundary work and science-policy interactions in the decision center for a desert city. NSF Decision Making under Uncertainty review project.
Presentations Crona, Beatrice; Parker, John N. 2009. Dynamics of collaborative learning for adaptive governance: What is there to learn from boundary organizations?. Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IHDP), December 2009. Amsterdam.
Journal Article Crona, Beatrice; Parker, John N. 2011. Network determinants of knowledge utilization: Preliminary lessons from a boundary organization. Science Communication. Vol: 33(4). Pages 448-471. (Online version)
Journal Article Crona, Beatrice; Parker, John N. 2012. Learning in support of governance: Theories, methods, and a framework to assess how bridging organizations contribute to adaptive resource governance. Ecology and Society. Vol: 17(1). Pages art32-32. (Online version)
Book Chapter Hackett, Edward J.; Parker, John N. 2011. Leadership of scientific groups. Leadership in Science and Technology: A Reference Handbook.
Journal Article Lortie, Christopher J.; Aarssen, Lonnie W.; Parker, John N.; Allesina, Stefano. 2012. Good news for the people who love bad news: An analysis of the funding of the top 1% most highly cited ecologists. Oikos. Vol: 121(7). Pages 1005-1008. (Online version)
Presentations Parker, John N. 2008. Disciplinary and personal motivations for scientific collaboration. Annual Meetings of the Society for Social Studies of Science, August 2008. Rotterdam.
Presentations Parker, John N. 2009. 3000 years among the ecologists. National Science Foundation site review of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, February 2009. Santa Barbara.
Presentations Parker, John N.; Crona, Beatrice. 2009. All things to all people: Boundary organizations and the changing university system. Annual Meetings of the Society for Social Studies of Science, October 2009.
Presentations Parker, John N.; Hackett, Edward J. 2009. Emotions in scientific social movements and scientific collaborations. Stockholm Resilience Centre, June 2009. Stockholm.
Presentations Parker, John N.; Crona, Beatrice. 2009. Tensions and challenges in university-based boundary organizations. Annual Meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association, April 2009. San Diego.
Journal Article Parker, John N. 2010. Book review: Disrupting Science. Social Forces. Vol: 88(2).
Journal Article Parker, John N.; Lortie, Christopher J.; Allesina, Stefano. 2010. Characterizing a scientific elite: The social characteristics of the most highly cited scientists in environmental science and ecology. Scientometrics. Vol: 8591). Pages 129-143.
Book Chapter Parker, John N. 2010. Integrating the social into the ecological: Organizational and research group challenges. Edited by Parker, John N.; Vermeulen, Niki; Penders, Bart Collaboration in the New Life Sciences: Via Information and Infrastructure to Knowledge Production and Policy. Ashgate. London. Pages 85-110.
Journal Article Parker, John N.; Vermeulen, Niki; Penders, Bart. 2011. Correspondence: Admin burden is part of the job. Nature. Vol: 476. Pages 33.
Journal Article Parker, John N.; Hackett, Edward J. 2012. Hot spots and hot moments in scientific collaborations and social movements. American Sociological Review. Vol: 77(1). SAGE. Pages 21-44. (Online version)
Journal Article Parker, John N.; Crona, Beatrice. 2012. On being all things to all people: Boundary organizations and the contemporary research university. Social Studies of Science. Vol: 42(2). SAGE. Pages 262-289. (Online version)
Journal Article Penders, Bart; Vermeulen, Niki; Parker, John N. 2010. Commentary: To make progress we must remember and learn from the past. Nature. Vol: 463(14). Pages 157.
Journal Article Queenborough, Simon A.; Parker, John N. 2012. The habits of successful ecologists: Learning from the best. Bulletin of the British Ecological Society. Vol: 43. Pages 31-34.
Journal Article Vermeulen, Niki; Parker, John N.; Penders, Bart. 2010. Big, small or mezzo?. EMBO Reports. Vol: 11(6). Pages 420-423.