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A social network approach to understanding science communication among fire professionals


Wright, Vita. 2012. A social network approach to understanding science communication among fire professionals. In: Fox, R. L., ed. Proceedings of the 3rd Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference; April 17-19 2012; Seattle, Washington. International Association of Wildland Fire. p. 168-169.

Studies of science communication and use in the fire management community suggest manager's access research via informal information networks and that these networks vary by both agency and position. We used a phone survey followed by traditional statistical analyses to understand the informal social networks of fire professionals in two western regions of the United States (Northern Rockies and Southwest). In these regions, we sampled federal and tribal decision-makers, fire management officers, fire ecologists and fuels specialists to determine 1) who they go to for scientific information supporting fuels management, 2) why they go to these individuals and 3) how they communicate with these individuals. We will present preliminary results of analyses of the extent to which communication about science is driven by formal positions and corresponding responsibilities, expertise and/or personal history of working together. Results are compared between the two regions.

Keywords: communication, social network, fire management community


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