more attacks on taxonomy and systematics

Scott L. Gardner slg at UNL.EDU
Mon Apr 7 23:12:34 CDT 2003

It continues:

Forwarded message....

-----Original Message-----
From: cdrwxwng at [mailto:cdrwxwng at] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2003 11:24 PM

   The Herbarium at U of I is also suffering financialy. Last semester
at Kirkwood CC in Cedar Rapids, I enrolled in a Botany class. At some
point in the class, we had a field trip to the U of I herbarium and the
main botanist said that the herbarium there is scheduled to be
terminated, and the specimens will have to be transferred to the ISU
herbarium. Something like 100,000 specimens will be lost in the process
because of a limited storage capacity at the ISU herbarium. From what I
gather, the reason this is happening is because big wigs with the
checkbooks don't see the point in having a collection of dried plant
   Sounds a lot like the Nebraska Museum's crisis, except, thankfuly on
a smaller scale.

   Randy Scheiner


Scott L. Gardner
Curator of Parasitology
The Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0514

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