[Taxacom] Is this science?

John Grehan calabar.john at gmail.com
Thu Jun 17 08:08:47 CDT 2021

Stephen - it might have been more informative for you to state what you
think is garbage about the paper which leaves the option for others to
weigh in if they want to. Science is full of garbage, including my own
(according to others), so that in of itself is nothing new. Research
Associate positions usually imply (implicitly or explicitly) concordance
between the Associate and the institution. If one becomes uncomfortable
with activities of that institution one can either withdraw, or be
withdrawn - as in your case.

Cheers, John Grehan

On Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 3:22 AM Stephen Thorpe via Taxacom <
taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:

>  It seems that the link to ResearchGate isn't coming through on the
> Taxacom post. It can be found by Googling
> "Determining_species_diversity_and_functional_traits_of_beetles_for_monitoring_the_effects_of_environmental_change_in_the_New_Zealand_alpine_zone"
>     On Thursday, 17 June 2021, 07:12:31 pm NZST, Stephen Thorpe <
> stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> wrote:
>  Dear Taxacomers,A few years ago, I posted regarding a project being run
> as an MSc, by a major university around here, in the name of climate
> change. The project seemed to me to be garbage designed to suck external
> funding and load it with expenses (travel and accommodation between the two
> ends of the country, including helicopter rides to the study site). My
> attempts to bring my concerns about the project to light resulted in my
> expulsion as a research associate from the university. I have just now seen
> the publication resulting from the 4 year project: (PDF) Determining
> species diversity and functional traits of beetles for monitoring the
> effects of environmental change in the New Zealand alpine zoneMy opinion on
> the publication is that it is a deliberate attempt at obfuscation to try to
> make something of nothing. I would be very interested in any comments. Is
> this valid science? I have my opinion, but I could be wrong.Cheers,Stephen
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