News FocusTRANSFORMING A DISCIPLINE

A New Breed of Scientist-Advocate Emerges

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Science  18 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5456, pp. 1192-1195
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5456.1192

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If there's one discipline whose scientists as a rule want to influence policy, it's conservation biology: Concern over the disconnect between science and management led researchers to form the Society for Conservation Biology in 1985. While many ecologists agonize over whether to weigh in on policy issues (see p. 1188), conservation biologists are taking the offensive, launching magazines, forums, and programs to make their voices heard and to get a dialogue going with resource managers.