PIs Kathy Fallon Lambert (Harvard Forest) and Sarah Garlick (HBRF) together with John Besley (MSU), Pamela Templer (BU) and Peter Groffman (CUNY) will lead a team of scholars and practitioners to build knowledge about the mutual learning between scientists and adult stakeholders and to develop evidence-based practices in the context of place-based ecosystem research. Several research questions guide this work. The project will address several research questions including, how willing are participating scientists to take part in PES? What are their attitudes and beliefs about whether engagement can be effective and whether they have the necessary skills? And, how willing are participating scientists to build relationships with stakeholders using evidence-based strategies?

In the coming weeks and months the PIs will be reaching out to scientists who conduct research at Harvard Forest and Hubbard Brook to enlist their participation in the [email protected] project and to offer access to emerging project resources and training opportunities for effective public engagement with science. Please contact Kathy at [email protected] to learn more.

The new grant was awarded through the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program which seeks to advance new approaches to, and evidence-based understanding of, the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments.