Never before have we had such a clear understanding of environmental crises and yet been so far from delivering investment in actionable research, write the authors of this article in BioScience. They suggest that researchers are ready to engage but ask whether universities—both leaders and the faculty who govern—will provide the infrastructure and foster the culture needed to turn ideas into action. If science is to serve society and the planet, they argue, universities will need to (1) produce not only professors but also future environmental leaders, (2) cultivate a culture that values use-inspired research, (3) accelerate the translation of ideas into action, (4) put people at the center of environmental science, and (5) reimagine academic structures.
Authors: Bonnie L. Keeler, Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer, Anne D. Guerry, Prue F.E. Addison, Charles Bettigole, Ingrid C. Burke, Brad Gentry, Lauren Chambliss, Carrie Young, Alexander J. Travis, Chris T. Darimont, Doria R. Gordon, Jessica Hellmann, Peter Kareiva, Steve Monfort, Lydia Olander, Tim Profeta, Hugh P. Possingham, Carissa Slotterback, Eleanor Sterling, Tamara Ticktin, and Bhaskar Vira