Equity, Diversity, and Community as the Basis for Critical Zone Science and Education

J. N. Perdrial, D. W. Kincaid, D. Wheaton, E. C. Seybold, B. Stewart, L. Walls, M. Blouin, R. Toolin, J. Chorover, C. Lewis

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Responding to the social and environmental challenges of the Anthropocene requires that we integrate science across multiple perspectives, approaches, and disciplines in equitable and culturally responsive ways. While critical zone (CZ) science has made large strides in bridging natural, social, and education science disciplines, the field has been slower to address the lack of diversity, especially in terms of “race” and ethnicity. This means that CZ science and education do not fully reflect all communities they must serve, and representation and access to careers in the field therefore remain limited to mostly white individuals. Despite best intentions, predominantly white science and education teams frequently consider values such as diversity, equity, or inclusion in later stages of work instead of centering these values as the foundation from the outset. Here, we reflect on how our CZ Collaborative Network Project has both struggled with, and is learning to, authentically center and uphold our values in our own work. Our goal is to normalize the concept that culturally responsive CZ science and education requires intentional trust and relationship building, flexibility, and continued learning. To support our evolving work, we have relied on team science practices, and we offer insights into the strategies and tools that help us with our aspiration to center and integrate our values of diversity, equity, and community into team processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2022EF002812
JournalEarth's Future
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2023


  • critical zone
  • culturally responsive
  • diversity
  • education
  • equity
  • team science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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