Aligning the logics of inquiry and action to address the biodiversity crisis

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Despite an abundance of research reaffirming biodiversity's importance to the health of the planet and society, species continue to go extinct at an alarming rate. Why has continued research on the value of biodiversity not had the intended effect and what can be done about it? We considered biodiversity loss as a public value failure and the result of a misalignment between the logic of inquiry (which guides scientists) and the logic of action (which guides practitioners). We drew lessons from our own research to propose the creation of a national biodiversity strategy designed to link the logic of inquiry with the logic of action and coordinate the production of actionable conservation science and informed conservation action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere14128
JournalConservation Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2023


  • actionable science
  • ciencia práctica
  • conservation research
  • estrategia nacional de biodiversidad
  • investigación sobre conservación
  • logic of action
  • logic of inquiry
  • lógica de la acción
  • lógica de la investigación
  • national biodiversity strategy
  • public value
  • valor público

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Ecology


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