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New publication calls for science advocates

Posted by on in Gulf Science and Education

A team of scientists and students at the University of South Florida published an article, "Embracing Advocacy in Science" in the journal Fisheries. As stated in the abstract, "a perception remains that scientists cannot be objective and credible while also advocating a position that may inform or impact decision making. We counter this notion and make the case that scientists should engage in science communication and advocacy." The authors propose practical ways to serve as an advocate for science-based policy and decision-making.

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Andy Shepard is former director and advisor for the Gulf of Mexico Research Collaborative (www.gomurc.org).  Previous experiences include: National Undersea Research Center at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as Science Director, marine operations specialist, chief scientist on undersea expeditions, and Center Director (2004-2008); 2008-2011-- Associate Director, Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Fort Pierce, FL.  His research interests include: advanced undersea research technologies for ocean ecosystem studies; research, monitoring and management of benthic habitats and associated living resources; and assessment of fishing gear performance and environmental impacts.
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