Seattle Times 7/29/2011

Polar-bear researcher under investigation
Federal wildlife biologist Charles Monnett, one of the scientists whose observation that polar bears likely drowned in the Arctic helped galvanize the global-warming movement, was placed on administrative leave while officials investigate scientific-misconduct accusations.

By BECKY BOHRER

The Associated Press

JUNEAU, Alaska Five years ago, Charles Monnett was one of the scientists whose observation that several polar bears had drowned in the Arctic Ocean helped galvanize the global-warming movement.

Now the federal wildlife biologist is on administrative leave and facing accusations of scientific misconduct.

The federal agency where he works told him July 18 that he was being put on leave, pending an investigation into "integrity issues."

While it wasn't clear what the exact accusations are, a government watchdog group representing Anchorage-based Monnett said investigators have focused on his 2006 journal article about the bears that garnered worldwide attention.

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