**This blog entry orginally appeared on the website oceanspaces.org.**/p>

A 15-minute survey to direct scientific research toward applications that ocean decision makers and users want and need.


I’m a first year PhD student at Stanford University studying marine conservation, and am seeking marine and coastal policymakers, managers, stakeholders, and professional users to participate in a 15-minute survey about ocean research priorities.


Last year, Dr. Murray Rudd of the University of York surveyed marine scientists worldwide, asking them to rank ocean research questions. He was able to compare patterns of priorities across disciplines, regions, and demographics (you can read his paper here). I am sending a similar survey to marine and coastal decision makers and users in the US. In addition to getting a sense of the ocean questions of greatest interest to decision makers and users, I will compare stakeholder priorities to those of scientists, to identify areas of mismatch that may require better communication or alignment, and indicate approaches and questions that merit funding. I hope to provide decision makers and users more of a voice in the academic literature, and in so doing help align science with marine policy and practice.


If you are a marine or coastal policymaker, manager, stakeholder, or professional user interested in taking the survey, you can access it here: http://Priorities25.cloudssi.com/study/cgi-bin/ciwweb.pl?studyname=OceanPriority25


Your input will be anonymous and confidential, and you will have an opportunity to provide your email address (kept separate from your responses) to receive a report of the results, if you wish. 


If you have colleagues, collaborators, or associates you think would be interested in this survey, I would greatly appreciate it if you would send the link along, and distribute it widely. The survey will be open for about six weeks.


I will update this space with the results, when they come in!


Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions at jgmason@stanford.edu.


Thank you!