Biological invasions and scientific objectivity: Reply to Cassey et al. (2005)
Article first published online: 9 JUN 2005
Volume 30, Issue 4, pages 481–483, June 2005
How to Cite
BROWN, J. H. and SAX, D. F. (2005), Biological invasions and scientific objectivity: Reply to . Austral Ecology, 30: 481–483. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2005.01504.x
- Issue published online: 9 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 9 JUN 2005
- Accepted for publication February 2005.
- biotic exchange;
- scientific ethics;
- scientific role
Abstract We disagree with the assertion that recent human-caused invasions differ substantially from historic natural invasions in their magnitudes and impacts on ecological processes. The position that exotic species are inherently ‘bad’ and should be eradicated is an ethical judgement, usually based on the naturalist fallacy or xenophobic prejudice; it is not a scientific judgement. The role of scientists in studying invasive species should be to gather, interpret and communicate information as accurately and objectively as possible.