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Here, in random order, is a continually evolving list of things that we in this lab believe to be true.

  • All people should be listened to and treated with dignity and respect.

  • All animals should be treated humanely in ways that minimize discomfort and maximize replacement, reduction and refinement (the “3 Rs” of ethical animal research).

  • Our goal as scientists is to rigorously test hypotheses and provide evidence for how the natural world really works, not to generate results that support our hypotheses.

  • Alternative hypotheses should be formed wherever possible.

  • Collaboration improves scientific quality and enriches the research experience.

  • Diversity among those doing science enhances the perspective, creativity and overall progress of research at all levels.

  • Ideal working hours will vary within and among individuals. Lab members are encouraged to work whenever is best for them.

  • Maintaining an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, and free of unconscious biases requires regular self-reflection.

  • The results of our work should be shared as broadly and as accessibly as possible with members of both scientific and non-scientific communities.

  • There is usually more than one way to do something well.

Top image: St. Lawrence Estuary during winter. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory.

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