Peter Ridd

Adjunct Fellow

Peter is a former Professor and Head of Physics (2009-2016) at James Cook University (Townsville). His consultancy work while at the university resulted in the development of specialist instrumentation for measuring aspects of water quality, with the profits used to fund student scholarships and research projects.

Peter has published more than 100 papers in international science journals and supervised many successful PhD students. His most recent book is Reef Heresy? Science, Research and the Great Barrier Reef (Connor Court, 2020)

Dutton’s Nuclear Push Triggers Usual Anti-science Fallout
21 March 2024

Dutton’s Nuclear Push Triggers Usual Anti-science Fallout

In this article, Peter Ridd contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into nuclear energy. Peter Dutton’s tilt to nuclear power is courageous. He will be opposed by the forces of anti-science, fearmongering and ignorance. The Opposition Leader’s task would be easier if the public knew about the significant doses of radiation they receive from natural sources and
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Spending Hundreds Of Millions To Make A 0.1 Percent Different To The Great Barrier Reef
15 February 2024

Spending Hundreds Of Millions To Make A 0.1 Percent Different To The Great Barrier Reef

In this article, Dr Peter Ridd contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research into the Great Barrier Reef. Hard-working Aussie fishermen, and the people who depend on them, are about to suffer severe restrictions on their production. And all based on dubious science. Australia’s federal government has thrown the barramundi fishing industry to the sharks as part of the blackmail payout
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Dr Peter Ridd – Culture Wars On The Great Barrier Reef – IPA Academy
9 February 2024

Dr Peter Ridd – Culture Wars On The Great Barrier Reef – IPA Academy

Dr Peter Ridd delves into these questions and shows how alleged poor health and threats to the Reef are overstated for political purposes, which raises important questions about the credibility of our scientific institutions with IPA Academy attendees. All media posted onto the IPA website are directly related to the promotion and dissemination of IPA research. Below is a transcript
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BOM Deserves Criticism, But Not Over Its Short-term Forecasts
2 January 2024

BOM Deserves Criticism, But Not Over Its Short-term Forecasts

This article first appeared in The Australian. In this article, Dr Peter Ridd contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the Great Barrier Reef, conducted as part of the IPA’s Project for Real Science Program. The Project for Real Science is an initiative of the Institute of Public Affairs to rebuild the integrity of scientific research in
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Assault On Farmers, Fishers And Foresters Will Only Harm The Environment
7 November 2023

Assault On Farmers, Fishers And Foresters Will Only Harm The Environment

In this article, Dr Peter Ridd contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the Great Barrier Reef, conducted as part of the IPA’s Project for Real Science Program. The Project for Real Science is an initiative of the Institute of Public Affairs to rebuild the integrity of scientific research in Australia. Governments across Australia are forging ahead
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The Astonishingly Woke Australian Academy Of Science
30 August 2023

The Astonishingly Woke Australian Academy Of Science

In this article, Dr Peter Ridd contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the Great Barrier Reef, conducted as part of the IPA’s Project for Real Science Program. The Project for Real Science is an initiative of the Institute of Public Affairs to rebuild the integrity of scientific research in Australia. The Australian Academy of Science (AAS)
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Canadian Speech Is Free – Except For Jordan Peterson
30 August 2023

Canadian Speech Is Free – Except For Jordan Peterson

In this article, Dr Peter Ridd contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into quality assurance in science, conducted as part of the IPA’s Project for Real Science Program. The Project for Real Science is an initiative of the Institute of Public Affairs to rebuild the integrity of scientific research in Australia. A Canadian court has ruled that
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Reef ‘Doomsayers’ Show Breakdown In Our Science Institutions
10 August 2023

Reef ‘Doomsayers’ Show Breakdown In Our Science Institutions

In this article, Dr Peter Ridd contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the Great Barrier Reef, conducted as part of the IPA’s Project for Real Science Program. The Project for Real Science is an initiative of the Institute of Public Affairs to rebuild the integrity of scientific research in Australia. The latest statistics on the amount of
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Peter Ridd Discussing The Integrity Of Scientific Institutions On Outsiders Sky News Australia
18 June 2023

Peter Ridd Discussing The Integrity Of Scientific Institutions On Outsiders Sky News Australia

On June 18, IPA Adjunct Fellow Peter Ridd joined Outsiders on Sky News Australia to discuss the integrity of scientific institutions. All media appearances posted onto the IPA website are directly related to the promotion and dissemination of IPA research. Below is a transcript of the interview. Rowan Dean: Scientists are usually the ones doing the testing, but this time
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Dr Peter Ridd Discussing The Health Of The Great Barrier Reef On Sky News Australia
21 April 2023

Dr Peter Ridd Discussing The Health Of The Great Barrier Reef On Sky News Australia

Dr Peter Ridd joins Outsiders on Sky News Australia to discuss the current health of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as University of Queensland research that has found the red decorator crab is a predator to crown-of-thorns starfish. Rowan Dean: Well, scientists at the University of Queensland may have found the unlikely key to protecting the Great Barrier Reef
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