SS3.14 An Interdisciplinary Journey Towards Integrated Aquatic Sciences: Homage to Jacob Kalff
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2002
Time: 11:45:00 AM
Location: Saanich
 
DuarteCM, IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB), Esporles, Spain, cduarte@uib.es
Yves, P, , Université de Québec a Montrèal, Montréal, Canada, prairie.yves@uqam.ca
 
MYTHS, WITCH-HUNTS AND OTHER ODDITIES IN AQUATIC ECOLOGY
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The social dynamics associated to the scientific process generates particular ideas, notions and biases that perpuate, through its internal controling mechanisms, unchallenged for decades, hindering, in many cases progress in science. While these dynamics have been subject of study, by sociologists of science, in other disciplines, we are not aware of any such debate within the realm of aquatic sciences. Prof. Jacob Kalff has been among the few addressing such issues openly, both in journals and in text books. We bring further the arguments he developed to show that aquatic sciences are no exception to the presence of what we present as myths, witch-hunts and other oddities in aquatic ecology. We illustrate each of these categories with specific examples and discuss their impact in the development of aquatic sciences.