Perils and pleasures of multidisciplinary research

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Over the past two decades various prestigious scientific and engineering organizations have touted the need for multidisciplinary research. Deans and department chairs often see multidisciplinary research as a potential pot of gold, and encourage faculty to follow the rainbow. Senior professors join in, seeking Enlightenment in their waning years, and young professors jump on board enthusiastically, hoping to set the world on fire. No where is this more important than in the arena of urban ecosystems, which requires the joint efforts of ecologists, engineers, geographers, hydrologists, anthropologists, sociologists and other disciplines in the search for understanding of humans in their most common environment.

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