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Manipulations of the environment help ecologist understand more In the case Planning an invasion Eric wants to mix a few dozen animals from 24 pounds in the Reagan National Forest and then inoculate the ponds with a sample of the total regional species pool After that he wants to move into invasion ecology and put zooplankton Diasticos eatseverythinginsight to 48 lakes on a latitudinal gradient from Louisiana to Wisconsin Doing these experiments will lead for a changed environment Thus a battle of ethics over knowledge one in which knowledge usually winsConsidering that Eric wants to inoculate 24 ponds in the Reagan National Forest which is in the center of the region Erics plan raises ethical issues For starters he puts scientific advancement over environmental preservation with no intent on trying to minimize damage Derek is just one scientist who uses the pond for research Erics plan will affect ongoing scientific research and the local community For these simple reasons its not okay for Eric to manipulate the communities to suit his research needsIn all honesty Don is right Don understands that Eric cant do his plan because its unethical Eric is focused on the payoff of the experiment and not the impact of the experiment Eric says that the invasion is going to happen anyway but we dont have sound proof Lots of variables such as climate could stop the invasion before it gets to the 48 lakes he wants to useEven though Erics proposal is one of the best scientifically speaking some of my ethical concerns will influence my recommendation to fund it or not Being if the proposal were only borderline fundable I would look at how bad I need the research The risk of losing the ecosystem and making the NSF go bankrupt would be two of my main concerns I would ask Eric for more detail on what the NSF will get for funding him Therefore I would adjourn the panel
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