Biodiversity and Conservation

, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 1549–1551 | Cite as

Integrative reflections on the new conservation science debate

  • Michael A. PetrielloEmail author
  • Kenneth E. Wallen
Letter to the Editor

In 2012, Kareiva and Marvier published What is Conservation Science? almost 30 years after Soulé’s (1985) What is Conservation Biology? The “New Conservation Science” (NCS), as it has been called (Doak et al. 2014; Miller et al. 2014; Soulé 2013), refocuses conservation biology towards human wellbeing by placing it under the broader umbrella of conservation science. This stirred a volley of responses and debate—all of which contribute to a broader conservation dialogue (Soulé 1985, 2013; Noss 1999; Miller et al. 2011). Here, we pause to reflect on this debate, using our perspectives as members of an integrative conservation science doctoral program to emphasize the importance of divergent values in framing the NCS debate for current and future conservation scientists.

As members of the Applied Biodiversity Science (ABS) program at Texas A&M University (Fitzgerald and Stronza 2009), our academic training and development cultivates ‘agile scientists’ (Welch-Devine et al. 2014) to...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism SciencesTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.Applied Biodiversity Science ProgramTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  3. 3.Center on Conflict and DevelopmentTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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