|They let me drive! (yikes)|
While I had a great time cruising around with the biologists (especially when Steve let me drive), I did not appreciate how important understanding their portion of the project was until I was canvassing that weekend. Last Saturday Megan and I set up a table at the farmer's market to try to lure people over and get them to take our survey. In the process of doing this we answered a lot of questions that were completely unrelated to economics. The ultimate question that everyone is asking of course is, what is the solution? It was important that we be able to explain what the biologists were doing and how this was leading to a better understanding of the problem which would ultimately lead to a solution. We then had to explain the same thing about our own and the other groups' projects. Having gone out on the water earlier that week with the biologists and participating a little in their project made me much more confident doing this. What's cool about this project and working in this community is that it forces you to do this-- it forces you to think about the interdisciplinarity of this problem and to convey the importance of this to other people.