Incidents at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Total: 2


Incident 8817

Status: Resolved
Role: Researcher
Position: Staff Scientist
Discipline: Life Sciences
Specific Discipline: Ecology
Outcome Year: 2020
Outcome Category: No Longer Employed (includes Fired and Contract Non-renewal)
Specific Outcome: " In 2020, eight women — including Sarah Batterman, an ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, and the University of Leeds, UK — filed a formal complaint of sexual misconduct against former STRI staff scientist Benjamin Turner. "

"The 2020 complaint triggered an internal investigation, and Tewksbury says that the Smithsonian has severed all ties with Turner. "
Last updated: Jan 14, 2022 12:37 pm

Incident 8813

Status: Resolved
Person: Egbert Leigh
Role: Researcher
Position:
Discipline: Life Sciences
Specific Discipline:
Outcome Year: 2010
Outcome Category: Honor Revoked, Suspended / Leave / Restrictions
Specific Outcome: "Leigh acknowledged “the substantial truth of the allegations” and said that STRI stripped him of his emeritus title in 2010 “because of conversations that made young women uncomfortable.” "

"Following Crofoot’s complaint, Bermingham set certain restrictions on Leigh: He could spend only Tuesday evening through Friday afternoon on the island, host people in his room only on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and invite no fewer than three guests, according to emails reviewed by BuzzFeed News."
Last updated: Dec 15, 2021 6:36 am