Suspended Polar Bear Researcher Defended by Advocates - ScienceInsider
Other scientists, impressed with Monnett's work, are also unsure where any allegations of a lack of scientific integrity could have arisen. In an e-mail to ScienceInsider, Ian Stirling, a polar bear researcher at the University of Alberta in Canada, calls the 2006 paper a "very valuable observation … properly written up and published in a respected peer reviewed journal".Flashback: Polar Bear Presentation at Brookfield Zoo
Al Gore's movie, Stirling feels, overinterpreted Monnett's observations. "I still think it is a good piece of work, puts a limited number of observations in a solid context, does not overinterpret, and does not say this was caused by climate change."
The presentations will give insight into what biologists predict could happen to polar bears by the end of this century: the species could be extinct.
Dr. Stirling is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada. His long-term studies of polar bears in Western Hudson Bay, one of the world's most southerly populations, confirmed the negative effects of climate change.