The University of Moncton, in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, is investigating questions about the academic credentials of a prominent professor who has served as an environmental adviser to provincial and federal governments, according to the CBC.
Radio-Canada, the CBC’s French-language news service, examined claims in the academic biography of Louis LaPierre, which said that he held a master’s of science in wildlife ecology and a Ph.D. in ecology. The University of Maine confirmed to the news service that Mr. LaPierre had earned a master’s degree in science education, but neither a master’s in wildlife ecology nor a doctorate from the university.
Mr. LaPierre told the news service that there had been a mix-up in his academic biography, and said he had earned the Ph.D. in association with the University of Maine and Walden University, in Minnesota. Walden officials said Mr. LaPierre had earned a Ph.D. from their institution, but couldn’t specify which field it was in because it was awarded so long ago. University of Maine officials told the news service that there had never been a cooperation agreement with Walden.
Officials are investigating to determine if the professor does have a doctoral degree in a science field, because Walden does not typically award science degrees other than in the health sciences, the CBC reported.