About this Research Topic
This evidence demonstrates that over the last quarter century, researchers of human-lion conflict research have not been very interdisciplinary. Given the rapidly-expanding appreciation of the importance of interdisciplarinarity research for theoretical, empirical, and applied science, these trends are troubling. All of that being said, the lack of interdisciplinarity apparent from 1990-2015 is not emblematic of the ongoing efforts among human-lion conflict researchers to diversify their efforts today. Thus, with this special issue we ask the fundamental question: how are prides of lion researchers evolving to be more interdisciplinary? In this Research Topic we explore the ways in which lion researchers view the role of interdisciplinarity in their research. We examine whether interdisciplinary teams are best positioned to develop sustainable solutions to conserve lions populations. We do so by positioning lion research groups, from across the range of Panthera leo, to describe their research program and articulate the steps that they are taking to be interdisciplinary.
The papers comprising this Research Topic convey the value of interdisciplinarity for the development of solutions for human-lion conflict, describe the importance of multidimensional research for conserving lions, and discuss the applied impacts of this research on the human communities that share their landscapes with lions. These papers come from research groups studying lions in West, Central, East, and Southern African as well as from the Greater Gir Landscape in India. This special issue closes with a paper detailing how this research effort can expand to be even more interdisciplinary in the years to come with predictions of the benefits of these efforts for lions, people, and ecosystems, more broadly.
Keywords: collaboration, interdisciplinary, lion, multidisciplinary, Panthera leo
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