Prof. Dov Por
dovpor at NETVISION.NET.IL
Mon Oct 4 17:19:45 CDT 1999
From: Prof. Dov Por <dovpor at netvision.net.il>
To: taxacom at usobi.com <taxacom at usobi.com>
Date: 04 October 1999 15:48
>I am commenting on the announcement of a position for an insect
>systematist, by Ebbe Nielsen from CSIRO.
>This is a situation which repeats itself again and again : An institute or
>department with many aging and retired taxonomists , decides after many
>years to open a position, looking for an "outstanding systematist who can
>demonstrate leadership in modern systematics, etc.,etc. ". Do anybody
>really think that there are outstanding taxonomists , (not more than 40
>years old since nobody will hire an elder one ) on the market
>looking for employment ?
>This type of people does not exist anymore. Such job announcements ,as a
>rule, go unanswerded and this is the end of the story . I experienced this
>at my own university over and over again. In the end the new position is
>closed or at best , filled-in by a brilliant young molecular biologist
>who declares to have some interest in "modern" systematics, but despises
>the "descriptive" people.
>Instead of waiting till all your institute reaches the average age of 60 ,
>it would be much better to find funds for doctorial and post-doctorial
>students who will step into the positions opened up by their retiring
>No outstanding taxonomist emerges like Athena, fully armed from the head of
>Zeus. There is no spontaneous generation of taxonomists.
>Visit the web site of the XVIIIth International Congress of Zoology
>(www.ims.usm.edu/~musweb/icz_xviii/icz_home.html ) and come to Athens
>these subjects will be discussed
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