Values and Responsibility in Interdisciplinary Environmental Science

Understand value differences in complex environmental projects.


For interdisciplinary teams to function effectively, they need to understand how their methodologies and expertise can impact non-scientists, and they need to practice productive dialogue that integrates different disciplinary languages and training. As interdisciplinary collaboration becomes imperative in addressing complex environmental problems, environmental science graduate students will need to consider their responsibilities to non-scientists, reflect on their own values, and cultivate effective interdisciplinary collaborative skills. Their ability to function effectively in interdisciplinary contexts will consequentially impact future environmental decision-making and problem-solving. Our curriculum is designed to facilitate thinking and dialogue around these values and responsibility issues, thereby preparing students to work with integrity alongside collaborators and with diverse audiences.

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