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www.biosciencemag.org January 2007 / Vol. 57 No. 1 BioScience 55 Increasing human populations and per capita resource
 

Summary: www.biosciencemag.org January 2007 / Vol. 57 No. 1 BioScience 55
Increasing human populations and per capita resource
consumption have engendered pressing problems that
threaten ecosystem function, ecosystem services, the sus-
tainability of production, and the health and well-being of
human populations.Solutions to these problems require the
expertise of biologists, but their complexity necessitates in-
tegrated efforts involving other disciplines. For example, re-
search to improve sustainability and biodiversity conservation
involves ecology, agriculture, sociology, soil science, hydrol-
ogy, and economics (Palmer et al. 2005). In public health,
issues such as AIDS prevention require the collaboration of
sociology,anthropology,behavioral science,clinical medicine,
bioinformatics,and evolutionary biology (Stillwaggon 2005).
Research that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries (de-
scribed here as "cross-disciplinary") poses challenges that
can be new to scientists,depending on the depth and breadth
of integration among disciplines.
First, collaborators must determine the appropriate level
of cross-disciplinary integration, from a continuum that in-

  

Source: Althoff, David M. - Department of Biology, Syracuse University

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology; Biology and Medicine