Collaborative science in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System has emphasized research projects that integrate scientists and end users to co-create knowledge. These collaborative processes integrate diverse perspectives, interests, and resources, which can elevate the science and application of a project but can also generate conflict along the way.
This project will bring together the shared experiences of reserves in managing conflict during collaborative research projects. It will synthesize lessons learned about managing conflict in collaborative science and create a curriculum, resources, and peer-to-peer training to share this knowledge and best practices. It will increase knowledge and awareness about the kinds of conflict that arise during collaborative science projects, the causes and consequences of conflict, and the times or phases of a project when conflict is most likely.