Future of Fisheries: Perspectives for Emerging Professionals

The Role of Scientists in Public Policy Development and Advocacy: Advice for Scientists and Policy Makers

Mark Rey and Adawnice Lucas

doi: https://doi.org/10.47886/9781934874387.ch70

Many scientists find themselves in a quandary when trying to evaluate and choose their particular role in natural resources decision making. In our view, this is an unnecessary source of concern because scientists always have multiple career choices. This chapter will explore those choices and discuss how policymakers can best engage scientists.

To assist in planning a career, we describe three options for scientists’ participation in natural resources decision making. Individuals should decide which role best fits their personal style, priorities, and career goals. Each role is important and serves a valuable purpose within both the scientific and public policy arenas.