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This seminar series provides a forum balanced between students and professionals to discuss societal involvement in natural resource policy and decisions. Presentations focus on theory and methodology, research findings, and management implications. ISESS is a catalyst for building stronger connections among natural resource professionals and students along Colorado's Front Range and beyond.
We developed a guide to assist natural scientists in understanding the philosophical basis of social science to support the meaningful interpretation of social research outcomes. The 3 fundamental elements of research are ontology, what exists in the human world that researchers can acquire knowledge about; epistemology, how knowledge is created; and philosophical perspective, the philosophical orientation of the researcher that guides her or his action. Many elements of the guide also apply to the natural sciences.