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Biol Lett. 2012 Apr 23;8(2):161-3. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0777. Epub 2011 Aug 31.

Fostering the rebirth of natural history.

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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA. hampton@nceas.ucsb.edu

Abstract

Natural history as we have known it is in decline. A growing movement is emerging across disciplines, to understand its decline, and nurture its rebirth. A network of like-minded scientists, resource managers, educators, writers and artists-natural historians-recently convened four consecutive Natural History Initiative workshops to move past the forensic study of natural history, and instead focus on solutions, conspiring to identify opportunities that dovetail the practice of natural history with essential needs of modern science and society, and suggest ways forward. This series of workshops occurred at various locations in the western United States during the winter and spring of 2011, and recently culminated in a Synthesis Summit on 20-24 June 2011.

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10.1098/rsbl.2011.0777
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