[Taxacom] Journalist inquiry
lila.guterman at chronicle.com
Tue Jun 27 16:00:04 CDT 2006
I'm a science writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education. I write
about research in science and medicine. I'm working on an article about
a problem coming up in animal taxonomy research, and I was wondering if
members of the mailing list have other examples of the same problem, or
ideas of how to deal with it.
As you may have seen in Science last month, three newly discovered
amphibian and reptile species rapidly appeared in commercial trade after
their descriptions in the scientific literature. I would like to know if
similar problems have occurred with other newly described plant or
animal species. (I have already posted this query to the Herbaria
listserv, as well.)
Do researchers have a good way to deal with such issues? Are locations
of new plant or animal populations being suppressed from scientific
descriptions? If so, does this hinder further research or conservation?
If the locations continue to be published, does the practice endanger
the described new species since poachers will know where to find it?
I'd be very grateful if anyone had some ideas or comments on such
issues. This is for an article that will appear in early July, so I'd
need responses by the end of the week.
Thanks so much,
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Personal website: www.nasw.org/users/guterman
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