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Office for Coastal Management, 2022: Resilience Dialogues: Strategies for Conflict Management in Collaborative Science - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Resilience Dialogues: Strategies for Conflict Management in Collaborative Science - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2019-09

Resilience dialogues are conversations that occur among people with diverse perspectives who have agreed to work together to increase community and ecological resilience. For over a decade, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System has been leading a new approach to collaborative science that brings together scientists, environmental managers, and community stakeholders to address pressing coastal issues. Conflict is a natural part of collaborative science as people with differing perspectives and values interact in new ways over complex and uncertain issues. While leading collaborative science projects, reserves and their partners have accumulated a wealth of knowledge about how to confront and manage conflict. The Resilience Dialogues project drew on this experience to identify four best practices for collaborative science. The project created a curriculum, case studies, and peer-to-peer trainings to share these successful collaboration techniques and build conflict mediation skills. Multiple in-person and virtual workshops for reserve staff established these best practices and contributed to the effectiveness of collaborative science projects within the reserve system, while the project’s resources brought this expertise to a wider audience of state agencies and coastal management partners.

This science transfer project was funded by NOAA through the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative to promote the use of science. It did not produce any new data.


National Estuarine Research Reserves have been designing and implementing collaborative science projects since 2009. Collaborative science in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) has emphasized research projects that integrate scientists and end users to co-create knowledge. These collaborative processes integrate diverse perspectives, interests, and resources, which can elevate the science and application of a project but can also generate conflict along the way. This project brought together the shared experiences of reserves in managing conflict during collaborative research projects. It synthesized lessons learned about managing conflict in collaborative science and create a curriculum, resources, and peer-to-peer training to share this knowledge and best practices. It increased knowledge and awareness about the kinds of conflict that arise during collaborative science projects, the causes and consequences of conflict, and the times or phases of a project when conflict is most likely.

Supplemental Information:

Project Lead

Christine Feurt, Ph.D.

Wells National Estuarine

Research Reserve

(207) 646-1555 x 111

Project Type

Science Transfer – promoting the use

of science

Project Collaborators

• Grand Bay Reserve, Mississippi

• Great Bay Reserve, New Hampshire

• Guana Tolomato Matanzas

Reserve, Florida

• Hudson River Reserve, New York

• Lake Superior Reserve, Wisconsin

• Mission-Aransas Reserve, Texas

• Narragansett Bay Reserve, Rhode Island

• NOAA Office for Coastal Management

• North Carolina Reserve

• Old Woman Creek Reserve, Ohio

• Rookery Bay Reserve, Florida

• San Francisco Bay Reserve, California

• Waquoit Bay Reserve, Massachusetts

• Wells Reserve and Laudholm

Trust, Maine


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
None Wells NERR, ME

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Distribution Liability:

The distributor does not assume liability.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 1056476
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Office for Coastal Management (OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405-2413


CC ID: 1056477
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Office for Coastal Management (OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405-2413

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 795575
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:
View Historical Support Roles


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 795573
W° Bound: -70.6
E° Bound: -70.535
N° Bound: 43.35
S° Bound: 43.26

Wells, ME NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 795572
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2017-10-01
End: 2019-09-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS/NSC data. The NERRS/NSC retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of the data are used. The data enclosed within this package/transmission are only as accurate as the quality assurance and quality control procedures that are described in the associated metadata reporting statement allow. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data. Requested citation format: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative(NSC).

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1056478
Download URL:
Distributor: Office for Coastal Management (OCM) (2015 - Present)
File Name: Feurt18
File Type: Multiple formats



CC ID: 795578
URL Type:
Online Resource

This site provides a project overview and links to all associated products, including data.

Data Quality



Quality Control Procedures Employed:

This information is detailed within the project links.


Lineage Statement:

This information is detailed within the project links.



CC ID: 1056480

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 1056481

This information is detailed within the project links.

Process Contact: Office for Coastal Management (OCM)

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 54586
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:54586
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2018-11-01 11:32+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-11-30 16:28+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-11-26
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year