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New Methodologies for Interdisciplinary Research and Action in an Urban Ecosystem in Chicago

Alaka Wali, Center for Cultural Understanding and Change, The Field Museum
Gillian Darlow, Center for Cultural Understanding and Change, The Field Museum
Carol Fialkowski, Center for Cultural Understanding and Change, The Field Museum
Madeleine Tudor, Center for Cultural Understanding and Change, The Field Museum
Hilary del Campo, Center for Cultural Understanding and Change, The Field Museum
Douglas Stotz, Center for Cultural Understanding and Change, The Field Museum

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Abstract

This article synthesizes recent work carried out at The Field Museum that applies an ecosystems approach to ecological and anthropological research, conservation planning, and environmental action. This work is part of an effort to protect biological diversity in the Lake Calumet region of metropolitan Chicago. The need for an ecosystems approach to urban areas, particularly in relation to conservation efforts, is discussed. Reviewing the problems of alternative, non-systemic perspectives in both research and policy toward urban problems, the article describes how the efforts of Field Museum scientists and educators integrate interdisciplinary research into a conservation and information design process.

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Chicago, Conservation Design, Integrative Research, Lake Calumet, urban ecosystem
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