Sixth grader, Florida resident, and scientist extraordinaire, Lauren Arrington has done pretty well for herself at the ripe old age of twelve. Her science fair project studied lionfish (an invasive species in the ocean around Florida) and where they are able to survive. She determined that lionfish could survive in near-fresh water, which would included some rivers in Florida and would allow the species to invade further upstream and possibly cause further damage to Florida coast marine ecosystems. The results of Arrington’s simple project— where she placed lionfish in tanks of water with salinity levels— were news to marine biologists, who had not considered that lionfish might be able to survive in lower salinity levels than 20 parts per thousand.
Again. Dr. Jud needs to be credited. We have to support our fellow professional biologists who are trying to make a name for themselves. This was originally discovered in 2010 by Dr. Zack Jud.
He’s upset and rightfully so.
The fact that the little girl is so excited about science is an amazing thing but her parents are being completely unethical.
It’s a shame that this is happening right before the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists meeting in Chattanooga TN.
Many thanks to you for alerting us on this issue! Giving scientists credit for their work is incredibly important and we in no way intended to skip over Dr. Jud— we were simply unaware of the previous research based on the article we read. Sorry everybody!