Introducing students to the concept of translational research in core courses can help to cultivate a scientific culture that emphasizes practical, effective, and collaborative environmental problem-solving. Come and see the poster for more information!
Translational research is a scientific approach that aims to turn research findings into effective practices. It requires an integrative perspective in which researchers from multiple disciplines, stakeholders, and decision-makers work collaboratively to develop and deliver research so that it ideally results in complex environmental problem-solving. Historically used in the context of biomedical research, translational research is rapidly expanding in the ecological and environmental realms given the seriousness and complexity of many contemporary environmental issues. Here, I describe ways to incorporate and emphasize translational research approaches in core ecology and environmental courses.
Application, Collaboration, Problem-Based Learning
Define translational research.
Describe an example of translational research in the context of environmental problem-solving.
Explain how emphasis on translational research in early coursework can help to activate engaged and collaborative scientific perspectives.
Hear it from the author:
Brunson, M. W., & Baker, M. A. (2016). Translational training for tomorrow’s environmental scientists. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 6, 295–299. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13412-015-0333-x
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Kurle, C. M., Cadotte, M. W., Jones, H. P., Seminoff, J. A., Newton, E. L., & Seo, M. (2022). Co-designed ecological research for more effective management and conservation. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 3(1), e12130.
Schwartz, M. W., Hiers, J. K., Davis, F. W., Garfin, G. M., Jackson, S. T., Terando, A. J., Woodhouse, C. A., Morelli, T. L., Williamson, M. A., & Brunson, M. W. (2017). Developing a translational ecology workforce. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 15(10), 587–596.