Management Dispute Shutters Tropical Research Institute

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Science  09 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5348, pp. 172-173
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5348.172

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Situated in one of the world's most biologically diverse regions, with a spectacular coral reef sitting just offshore, the Christensen Research Institute in Madang, Papua New Guinea, has provided researchers from many fields with a temporary home away from home. Last month, with little notice, the lodge and laboratory complex closed, the victim of a festering management dispute between its major benefactor and its former director. The conflict also has derailed a promising collaboration with a major research university that could have made the 12-year-old institute self-supporting.