Peter Ridd is an extraordinary ordinary man. Born British, his family moved to Australia when he was Ten Years old. He studied at James Cook University, (JCU) gaining a Degree in Physics and later a PhD in Physics. He also received an Education diploma. He joined the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and made a deep study of the Great Barrier Reef.
So far, we see a well educated man, doing the work he loves.
But then he co-authored a piece in a Science Journal to the effect that he drew `attention to the lack of reproducibility in certain Papers which discussed the effects, or not, of Climate Change on the Great Barrier Reef. He helped expose manipulated photos of reef fish by a JCU researcher, Oona Lönnstedt, who had already been caught fabricating data in Sweden, and yet JCU “investigated” and sacked Ridd faster than it investigated her suspicious lionfish shots. He took them to Court for wrongful dismissal in a very expensive gamble, and won in excess of A$ 1 million, with damages added.
But then the JCU appealed the decision, despite losing all all seventeen points and he now faces a further extortionate bill for legal services, fighting against a University which is backed by Australian Government taxpayers cash.
These Climate Change Apostles really hate losing the argument!. The academics casualty list includes Peter Ridd, Bob Carter, Murry Salby, Bjorn Lomborg, David Legates, Nick Drapela, Pat Michaels, Mitchell Taylor, and now Susan Crockford. Outside academia those expunged from screens include our own David Bellamy, Johnny Ball, Phillip Vernier. Forced out of institutes were Caleb Rossiter and Lennart Bengtsson. The threat of RICO investigations drove Roger Pielke into a different career.
Lots of grants at stake, so we should simply “Follow the Money!”