Science is a creative, collaborative process, and the Tewksbury lab is committed to making sure that science serves society as effectively as possible. There are lots of ways to do this; in the Tewksbury lab, this process includes fairly traditional forms of service (editorial boards, review panels) and deeper levels of service aimed at shifting our approach to the collection, curation, and dissemination of evidence and information (building mission-based NGOs, think tanks and sections within professional societies and collaborative working groups).
Two areas we have been particularly active in include
- redefining and building support for Natural History (see the Natural History Initiative, the Natural History Network, and the Natural History Section of ESA (all founded or co-founded by the Tewksbury Lab).
- Building cross-disciplinary synthesis in the service of society (check back here for the launch of the Hoffmann Institute – the first truly global environmental synthesis center, going live in the next few months)
- Building support for transparency and data-sharing in the environmental science (e.g Hampton, Tewksbury and Strasser, 2012)