Leonard Krishtalka krishtalka at UKANS.EDU
Fri Jan 29 12:03:30 CST 1999

OK.  Let's end this thread of the world not wanting taxonomy and
taxonomists. First, self-pity won't advance an enterprise.  Second, all the
evidence is to the contrary -- witness the recent PCAST report (Teaming
with Life), the Darwin Declaration, and a hundred other government and NGO
studies recommending millions of dollars for taxonomy, systematics,
phylogenetics, and the rest of biodiversity science in the short term and
more in the longer term.

Our goal now should be to form a vibrant, collaborative infrastructure that
is teaming with systematists, related scientists and information networks
in order to demonstrate that we are a community that can put such
appropriations to best use for science and society.

Leonard Krishtalka
Director                                        Professor
Natural History Museum          Department of Ecology and
  and Biodiversity Research Center      Evolutionary Biology
University of Kansas                    University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045
785/864-4540 phone
785/864-5335 fax
kris at
krishtalka at

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