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The evolving nature of collaboration in the geological sciences

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Cathryn A. Manduca
Cathryn A. Manduca
Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota 55057, USA
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Basil Tikoff
Basil Tikoff
Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1215 W. Dayton St., Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA
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Sara Hotchkiss
Sara Hotchkiss
Center for Climatic Research, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1225 W. Dayton St., Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA
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Published:
September 01, 2013

Collaboration is a powerful tool in geoscience education and research. The past 50 years have seen dramatic increases in the amount of collaboration and its reach across specialties and disciplines. These trends seem to be driven by (1) the nature of scientific questions; (2) specialization; (3) resource sharing fostered by new equipment and technology; and (4) government and social priorities reflected in funding opportunities. Similar trends are also occurring in geoscience education. Effective collaboration in both research and education requires developing shared goals, values, customs, and management strategies. While collaborations are powerful, leading to results that cannot be obtained by individuals in isolation, they are often time-consuming and slow to achieve initial results, especially when they involve groups with different cultures, values, and expectations. For this reason they require ongoing financial and institutional support. The geoscience community plays a central role in enabling collaborations in geoscience education and research by fostering networking and sharing of information and resources.

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GSA Special Papers

Rethinking the Fabric of Geology

Victor R. Baker
Victor R. Baker
Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, J.W. Harshbarger Building, Room 246, 1133 E. James E. Rogers Way, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721-0011, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
502
ISBN print:
9780813725024
Publication date:
September 01, 2013

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