Who's doing identification

T Sholars tsholars at MCN.ORG
Tue Oct 22 16:39:48 CDT 1996


The lack of vouchered material is a serious problem in both consulting work
and  ecological research (see Madrono, 1995 "The Future of California
Floristics and Systematics: Collecting Guidelines and Documentation
Techniques", Ferren, Maguey  and Sholars  )

Often environmental reviews are written with plant species listed that
don't occur in the area.The review may  even  have improper species
selection in the restoration section.

Systematists then get called to review documents (often for free) to see if
if there is improper species identification.

There are students being trained for this kind of work but it is often at
the masters level. Here in California there actually seems to be more work
in Botanical Consulting then in Academia.

I have to fund my research in the systematics of perennial Lupinus  with
Botanical Consulting as my college (a small community college) is only a
teaching college)


Teresa Sholars                  email  tsholars at mcn.org
Dept. of Biology
College of the Redwoods
Fort Bragg, Ca

707 9611010
Teresa Sholars            email  tsholars at mcn.org
Dept. of Biology
College of the Redwoods
1211 Del Mar Dr.
Fort Bragg, Ca 95437




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