modern systematics and permanent specimens

Steve Boyd boyds at CGS.EDU
Fri Jul 26 12:58:41 CDT 1996

Joe wrote:

>...   I must say that I have seen systematists make similar oversights within
>their own field. Most molecular systematists have enough sense to make
>permanent specimens representing the terminal taxa they are investigating,
>but I have seen a few who did not. They will publish elaborate cladograms
>and detailed analyses thereof, but if you try to determine which organisms
>are represented, it is nearly impossible without permanent specimens.
>What, then, is the point of doing the analyses?....

Here at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Herbarium we are often hitting the
graduate students with the phrase "no voucher - no data".  I first heard
Brian Boom utter these words at the BRIT symposium several years ago and it
really hit home.  I hope that if our grad students hear these sacred words
enough, the concept will sink in and they will become advocates of
collections when they move on in their careers.

Administrative Curator, RSA-POM
boyds at
1500 North College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 625-8767 ext. 248

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