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Science, Conservation, and National Parks$
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Steven R. Beissinger, David D. Ackerly, Holly Doremus, and Gary E. Machlis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226422954

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226423142.001.0001

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The Near-Horizon Future of Science and the National Parks

The Near-Horizon Future of Science and the National Parks

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Science, Conservation, and National Parks

Gary E. Machlis

University of Chicago Press

The near-horizon future of science in the national parks is likely to include significant new advances in theory, methods, and applications. These new challenges and opportunities are accompanied by complex scientific controversies. This chapter presents examples of emerging scientific fields and disciplines (from quantum biology to cliodynamics) and for each describes possible implications for park science. It briefly describes emerging methods, tools, and datasets (such as eDNA, biocuration, and big data analytics), discussing how each of these innovations may contribute to park science. The chapter identifies several scientific and science policy issues that are controversial, including de-extinction, human-assisted evolution, the role of citizen science, and the tension between data collection and surveillance. It concludes with an example of science policy recommendations from the 2012 Revisiting Leopold Report that may help shape the near horizon future of science in the national parks.

Keywords:   future, park science, science applications, science policy, citizen science, de-extinction

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