Allegations of Fraud in Ocean Acidification Research – Watts Up With That?

Allegations of Fraud in Ocean Acidification Research – Watts Up With That?


While on tour in Australia in 2010, my friend, David Archibald said to me “Ocean Acidification is the last refuge of the climate scoundrels”. It appears he may be right. It also appears that James Cook University has a real research integrity problem, that Dr. Peter Ridd has pointed out, and got fired for daring to say it.

Kip Hansen covered this last week, but it deserves another bump because members of the scientific press are taking notice. From Science Magazine:

Does ocean acidification alter fish behavior? Fraud allegations create a sea of doubt

Members of the Clark group say they will soon publicize the alleged data problems on PubPeer, a website for discussion of published work. And they say they thought long and hard about whether to discuss their concerns with a reporter while investigations may be ongoing. “In my experience, whistleblowers, myself as well as others, are shamed for talking to the media before an investigation has concluded misconduct,” says Josefin Sundin of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the last author on the Nature replication paper. “But why is that? If an investigation even takes place, it can drag on for a very long time. If you know that data have been fabricated, why is it considered the right thing to do to stay silent about it for months and even years?”

Something smells for sure.

Full story here.

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