There is an interesting dynamic in the full transcript of this interview which I have only read this morning. Carrick’s comment below got me interested enough to read the whole thing in detail and while I don’t believe that the data warrants the conclusions discussed, there is an impression of a beat-up scientist trying to exist inside a political system.
CHARLES MONNETT: They basically blew everybody out of here 6 that showed any, uh, desire to be a conscientious scientist. 7 Jeff Gleason was one of those. Did he tell you his story? 8
ERIC MAY: Not pertaining to this. 9
CHARLES MONNETT: Yeah, well, we got blasted, you know, 10 really, uh, hard, you know, by this agency when, when this finding came out, and if you‟ve been digging in my emails, and I don‟t know if you‟ve dug in my emails, or it‟s just Jeff Loman selecting it, but you‟ll see a lot of emails there, uh, from management to me telling me that I can‟t function as a biologist. I‟m not allowed to talk about this paper or our findings. I‟m not allowed to talk to the media. I can‟t, you know, I can‟t do these things.
And, and they really dumped on us, um, uh, when this things came out, and then that, um – uh, and, and some other, um, manipulation and restrictions that Jeff got hit with caused him to bail out of here, and he, he took a cut from a GS-13 to a GS-11 position to go to the Fish and Wildlife Service. He‟s back with MMS now, um, in the Gulf, um, but he, he, um – and he‟s back I think at a level below what he was at here. But his motivation there was he has a, a, a woman down there that he, you know, has linked up with, and he was looking for any job and, you know, because I think he felt that, uh, the Alaska Region is kind of special in the way it treats its scientists.
I still find it difficult to feel sorry for the astoundingly cushy and high paying jobs these people have, but there is apparently a lot of pressure to toe the line for the boss’s political preferences. Not a good place to do science of any kind.
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