SS3.14 An Interdisciplinary Journey Towards Integrated Aquatic Sciences: Homage to Jacob Kalff
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2002
Time: 9:30:00 AM
Location: Saanich
 
KalffJ, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, jkalff@bio1.lan.mcgill.ca
 
DISCIPLINARY AND INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH
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I propose that the single greatest (but remediable) weakness in the education of limnologists (and oceanographers?), and the greatest impediment to the advancement of aquatic science and management, is a technically competent but narrow (strictly disciplinary or sub-disciplinary) education. Inherent in such an education is a lack of appreciation of different approaches and the associated spatial and temporal scales at which questions tend to be posed by other (sub) disciplines. If interdisciplinary research is to be fostered there is a great need for the cultivation of broad (interdisciplinary) interests in graduate school.