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Despite Archie’s unbounded cynicism, Dr Michael Rasheed is acclaimed as the world’s leading scientific expert in tropical seagrasses.
The only 2 people on the globe who acclaim Dr Michael Rasheed as the world’s leading tropical seagrass expert are Leo Zussino and Michael Rasheed.
Rasheed is neither among the world’s 3 200 most cited scientists, nor among the world’s most cited environment and ecology experts, which is strange for a bloke who is supposedly the top dog in his field. What’s even stranger – if you’re a believer – is that Dr Globus Expertus only receives three lonely references in the Eastern Australia chapter of the World Atlas of Seagrasses, the internationally acknowledged experts guide; and absolutely none outside of that chapter.
On the other hand actual internationally renowned experts such as WJ Lee Long and Rasheed’s JCU colleague Dr Robert Coles are cited dozens of times in the World Atlas. The reason of course being that they are fair dinkum tropical scientists, not merely guns for hire funded by the Ports, Shipping, Mining and Resource sectors.
To illustrate the difference between Coles and Rasheed one merely requires a brief glance at their respective collaborative research projects and funded research portfolios.
Coles, a Churchill Fellow and an independent academic in the classical sense, is involved in more than 30 collaborative projects with colleagues across the breadth of Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Rasheed, on the other hand, is involved in just 13. One is North America, 3 are in Europe, and the rest are confined to Queensland.
One would have expected that it would be the ‘world’s leading expert’ who was most in demand to work with their scientific peers, wouldn’t one? And one would be correct. But never fear, Dr Rasheed is not totally friendless, and in fact is very much in demand with a certain coterie, they being of course the Ports, Shipping, Mining and Research sector.
Check this out.
The esteemed Dr Coles has accepted funding from just 2 sources: $18 000 from the highly regarded Sea World Research and Rescue Fund to model the role of Dugongs in germinating new seagrass meadows; and $138 854 from the Dept of Agriculture to assess the health of key marine ecosystems.
Dr Rasheed on the other hand looks to the private sector for his funding, and receives bucket loads of it. He is obviously performing his research tasks to the sector’s immense satisfaction, because they keep coming back for more. Here is a list of his funded projects and the sources of the cash:
Gladstone Ports Corporation
- $5,482,532 over 6 years – Port Curtis Seagrass Monitoring
- $204,124 over 3 years – Port Curtis Seagrass Seed Bed Monitoring
North Queensland Bulk Ports
- $399,561 over 5 years – Port of Weipa Seagrass Monitoring
- $115,202 over 2 years – Hay Point Seagrass Monitoring
- $492,260 over 2 years – Mackay and Hay Point Water Quality Monitoring
- $595,971 over 3 years – Abbott Point Seagrass Monitoring
- $458,246 over 3 years – Seagrass Monitoring
Port of Townsville
- $222,597 over 3 years – Seagrass Monitoring
Queensland Gas Corporation
- $515,422 over 5 years – Environmental Tolerance of Seagrass Change
- $645,205 over 3 years – Baseline Assessment for EIS
BM Alliance Coal Operations
- $969,800 over 3 years – Deepwater Seagrass Dynamics
- $150,800 over 3 years – Intertidal Dynamics of the Inner Shipping Channel
It’s rather a lot of money isn’t it? And rather a lot of seagrass monitoring.
And do you know what’s funny? The seagrass is always fine. Even though real experts like Dr Peter Macreadie say that 50% of Australia’s marine seagrasses have been destroyed by dredging and pollution.
These bloody southerners, what do they know?