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Basche, A.D. et al. 2014. Challenges and Opportunities in Transdisciplinary Science: Graduate Student Experiences in a Climate and Agriculture Research Collaboration. Invited Commentary. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 69(6): 176A-179A. doi 10.2489/jswc.69.6.176A
Agriculture in the twenty-first century faces unprecedented challenges from increasing climate variability to growing demands on natural resources to globalizing economic markets. These emerging agricultural issues, spanning both human and natural dimensions, are uniquely formulated, exceedingly complex, and difficult to address within existing disciplinary domains (Eigenbrode et al. 2007; Reganold et al. 2011; Foley et al. 2005; Hansen et al. 2013). Therefore, the next generation of scientists working on these issues must not only be highly trained within a disciplinary context but must also have the capacity to collaborate with others to solve systems-level problems.