Transdisciplinary: Working Across Borders to Solve Global Issues
Crossing borders and cultures are part of the challenges and benefits of transdisciplinary research.
It took a conflict about Huron Creek in Houghton for Alex Mayer to realize his interest in transdisciplinary work. He recognized that understanding how people make decisions about contentious natural resource issues is important whether in Michigan or Veracruz, Mexico.
Mayer, the Charles and Patricia Nelson Presidential Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is no stranger to working with different groups of people who hail from different disciplines. He is one of many Michigan Tech faculty working on transdisciplinary projects, and his work in Mexico illustrates the benefits and challenges of working in such a context.
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