[Coral-List] DR. Starck conflict of interest? RE: Great Barrier Reef is rapidly loosing coral (Eugene Shinn)

Ian Zink izink at rsmas.miami.edu
Mon Oct 29 11:11:21 EDT 2012

I'd just like to add an interesting point to the topic - Dr. Starck heavily criticizes ecologists for what has been dubbed "getting rich" off their work.  Dr. Starck states that lack of disclosure of conflicts of interests in funding that overshadows outcomes of studies: I would assume implying that one hand washes the other and resulting in some large scale conspiracy that governments and researchers and managers all lie in the same bed to vindictively control access to resources?

Has anyone questioned the conflict of interest from Dr. Starck's persepective?  Among other great works and groups Dr. Starck has been a member of (he has spent a substantial effort extorting his life's works - which DO include a number interesting and novel works), he is a member of the Scientific Adivsory Panel of the Australian Climate Science Coalition, "a climate change skeptics website created by the the Australian Environment Foundation (AEF), a spin-off group created by the the corporate funded think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs." 

Check out the Aust. Climate Science Coalition, interesting...

Institute of Public Affairs (for which Dr. Starck writes articles though I can't readily find a more solid connection) "...supports the free market of ideas, the free flow of capital, a limited and efficient government, evidence-based public policy, the rule of law, and representative democracy."  http://ipa.org.au/about

Supposedly, the IPA is well connected to big corporate donors: "The IPA funded by its membership which include both private individuals and businesses.. Among these businesses are ExxonMobil,[4] Telstra, WMC Resources, BHP Billiton, Phillip Morris,[5] Murray Irrigation Limited,[6] and Visy Industries..  IPA donors have also included Clough Engineering, Caltex, Shell and Esso..[7] Other donors were electricity and mining companies, as well as British American Tobacco (BAT).[7]"  The IPA also has ties to American think-tanks such as the Heartland Institute. 

One can keep searching for hours to try to find the ties between climate change-denial webs; one thing is certain though, Dr. Starck has his own agenda, and doesn't seem to back it up with research, just personal opinions.


Thanks for reading my rant (or continuous cut and pastes from various sources).

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Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Great Barrier Reef is rapidly loosing coral   (Eugene Shinn)

Sorry,but my impression on the argument by Dr Stark is that its rather confusing and not well presented.Climate change is no longer an issue for discussion but a reality and engaging in an argument stating otherwise indicates a person who wants to draw attention to himself or someone who has strong vested interest that need protected by denying the reality.

That's my take on Dr Stark presentation.


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Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:26:14 -0400
From: Eugene Shinn <eshinn at marine.usf.edu>
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Dear listers, I just received a most interesting publication on the
GBR situation. It is from Dr. Walter Stark who I briefly knew in the
1960s when he was receiving his doctorate from the University of
Miami.  Walter grew up in the Florida Keys and after receiving his
degree sailed to Australia where he has remained as a researcher and
Dive tour operator. Walter is an original and has been around longer
than most Australian reef researchers. He received no government
research funding and therefore has a decidedly different view of what
is happening to the GBR. I know many readers will disagree but it may
be worth examining his alternative view of what is happening on the
GBR. Remember, I am just the messenger. Gene

No Rocks, No Water, No Ecosystem (EAS)
------------------------------------ -----------------------------------
E. A. Shinn, Courtesy Professor
University of South Florida
College of Marine Science Room 221A
140 Seventh Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
<eshinn at marine.usf.edu>
Tel 727 553-1158----------------------------------


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