As a member of the Wildlife Society, my research follows their code of ethics. These are paraphrased and amended as follows for contemporary times.
My prime responsibility is to the public interest, the wildlife resource and the environment.
I uphold the dignity and integrity of the field of quantitative ecology.
I respect the competence, judgement and authority of other professionals.
I remain open and honest regarding the limits of my abilities.
I work hard.
I do not reveal confidential information paid for by sponsors.
I do not accept offers.
I do not perform professional services for anybody whose intent may be to damage the wildlife resource.
I do not promote the publication of provocative material into the public domain in support of the political agendas of lobby groups.
I have complete respect for, and remain entirely independent from, landowners, conservation groups, lawmakers and the public.
Implied but not specifically mentioned is my requirement to tell the truth.
I tell the truth, all the truth, all the time.
This is the healthy thing and the professional thing to do.
These principles were stated in “Conservation of Wildlife Populations” by L. Scott Mills and attributed to Jack Ward Thomas (1986). The code of ethics of The Wildlife Society is here: