Michigan Technological University, USA
This is a summary of the most salient project results. For further information see the project website, project papers or contact the investigators directly.
CRN3106 (Halvorsen) uses a study of socio-ecological impacts of bioenergy development for building skills in interdisciplinary team work.
In collaboration with an NSF PIRE team, they concluded 800 qualitative interviews and 1000 quantitative surveys on the impacts of bioenergy projects in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. Ecologists collected data on bioenergy impacts on birds and pollinators in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Analysis is ongoing.
Successes of the interdisciplinary team work were in
– knowledge generation: published one article, another under review, a third in prep.
– funding: developed a proposal that met and challenged funder criteria, developed subcontracts, and generated a student proposal for IAI Seed Grant
– team functioning: a large number of interactions and the retention of team members over 2 years, all from different disciplines of social, natural and engineering sciences: 10 scientist and 8 students, remained engaged and competent to listen/read in English and Spanish and speak/write in English or Spanish.
– public outreach: developed a free, live, online workshop on transdisciplinary, international scientific teamwork and proposal development.
Further success metrics for policy and management outcomes, and data and product creatio categories are being developed. The team building research aims to assist in policy improvements designed to increase sustainable energy benefits, while enhancing socioecological resilience, and minimizing negative impacts.
Forest-related bioenergy is an important tool for rural economic development and climate change mitigation, but like all energy sources, there are tradeoffs. This video is a snapshot of our transdisciplinary, international scientific team’s annual meeting to coordinate our research together studying the tradeoffs of bioenergy projects. Our NSF PIRE/IAI CRN3 team includes NGO staff and social, natural, and engineering scientists from Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, and the United States. Ben Jaczszak and Allison Mills at MTU who are uncredited in the film per university policy – Ben was the videographer who shot the film and Allison is our MTU writer who helped develop ideas for the film and helped with editing.