The Science Collaborative seeks to learn from project teams and share lessons across teams as they develop and implement a process for collaborating with the intended users of their science. Strategies and challenges associated with end user engagement are discussed in regular check-in calls with project leads and these issues are emphasized during annual workshops attended by project leads and other team members.
Dr. Julia Wondolleck, a collaboration scholar and practitioner, is a key resource for NERRS Science Collaborative grantees, the Science Collaborative team and NERRS staff, in general, on issues and questions related to effective collaborative process. She provides input to the development of, and feedback on, a variety of Science Collaborative program products, such as requests for proposals, project reporting guidelines, and collaboration tools to ensure that they reflect “best practices” in collaboration to support research. Julia helps to plan and facilitate the annual project team workshops. She also provides collaboration advice to project and NERRS staff, such as on-site guidance, webinars, and phone consultations.
Julia provides additional value by connecting interested reserves to interdisciplinary graduate student Master's projects at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability. This includes helping reserves to scope appropriate projects, identifying strong student team members, and serving as the University of Michigan faculty supervisor who is familiar with the Reserve System.
Recently, Julia supervised two student teams that conducted projects in collaboration with Wells Reserve and Kachemak Bay Reserve.
- Report: Collective Advice for Advancing the Success of Collaborative Research (Wondolleck, Vaccaro, Pritchard, May 2018)
- Report: Possibilities for Collaboration in the Saco River Watershed: An Assessment (Master's Project, March 2018)
- Report: NERRS Science Collaborative Projects: An Assessment of Characteristics, Grantee Reflections & Lessons Learned (Wondolleck, Bengtson, Bouma, April 2017)
- Report: Human and Environmental Well-being in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay Watershed: An Ecosystem Services Assessment (Master's Project, April 2019)
- Tool: Characterizing end users - A tool for collaborative research projects
- Webinar Brief: Engaging end users – Working iteratively to produce usable science (November 2017)
To inquire about collaboration support for your reserve or discuss a Master's project idea, please contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org or (734) 764-1570.
Additional resources for developing and managing a collaborative science project can be found here: Applicant resources