[Coral-List] push for more reliable research in ecology

Douglas Fenner douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
Mon Dec 14 08:20:10 UTC 2020

Psychology's replication crisis inspires ecologists to push for more
reliable research


By the way, I believe the problem in psychology has been primarily in
social psychology experiments, a small part of psychology as a whole.

I think this fits with the need to do much better at documenting the
identification of species in our research (except in areas of low diversity
or easily identified groups, and in field surveys where it is impossible),
as pointed out for insects in the study I pointed to twice.  Interestingly,
there wasn't a single comment online or offline to me about the
implications of the insect study for coral reef ecology.  Makes me wonder
if maybe people don't have an argument against it, but just prefer to
continue doing things the way we always have been, after all it would
involve some extra work.  But it goes directly to the question of
replicability, you can't replicate a study if the species identification
can't be verified and may well be wrong.

Survey results suggest that a lot of entomology research could be
impossible to replicate


 Packer, L., Monckton, S. K., Onuferko, T. M. & Ferrari, R. R. Validating
taxonomic identifications in entomological research.  Insect Conservation
and Diversity 11, 1–12 (2018)


Cheers,  Doug

Douglas Fenner
Lynker Technologies, LLC, Contractor
NOAA Fisheries Service
Pacific Islands Regional Office
Coral Reef Consulting
PO Box 997390
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799-6298  USA

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