A couple of weeks back I (among several others) wrote about Jon Jenkins’ op-ed in The Australian in which he argued against the “warmaholics”. Today, Jennifer Marohasy reports that Jenkins was reprimanded by Bond University following the publication of the op-ed and has apparently had his adjunct status with them revoked.
Now, I don’t know much of the detail of the goings-on – Marohasy doesn’t seem to have much beyond the basic story. And I don’t take pleasure in hearing of anyone losing their job. But it seems plausible that Bond University was perhaps a bit concerned that he was publishing – under a byline listing his affiliation with the university – opinions on a field that was outside his professional expertise? His adjunct position was in virology, not climate science. Maybe they had some concerns about an academic going beyond the boundaries of professional expertise in this case. We would need a statement from them to be sure.
But Marohasy believes she knows what happened. She draws some very strong conclusions – not just beyond reasonable doubt, but beyond any doubt at all:
No doubt he has contravened some rule or other at the University and no doubt this would have gone unnoticed if Professor Jenkins had a more popular opinion on these most politically charged subjects.
As I said, I don’t know exactly what has happened to lead Bond University to take the actions it is reported to have taken. For all I know, she might be right. But on the other hand, she might be presuming to understand and stating a belief that is unsupported by her professional knowledge or the available evidence – rather like Jenkins’ original op-ed, in fact.