[Taxacom] The only systematics

jwhitfie at life.uiuc.edu jwhitfie at life.uiuc.edu
Wed Feb 25 17:47:40 CST 2009

There is also a RevSys (Revisionary Systematics) separate program at NSF -
Paul Marsh and I have a grant under this which should lead to descriptions
and interactive keys to around 300 currently undescribed Heterospilus
(parasitic wasp) species. Not sure how many RevSys grants there are, but
ours is not unique...

> Okay, so alpha taxonomy slid in under biodiversity studies. What I mean,
> I guess, are revisions, you know, the old standard monographs where,
> yes, phenetic cluster analysis, parsimony trees, biosystematics,
> chromosome numbers, and so on may help, but alpha taxonomy is primary.
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> [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Brian O'Meara
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> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] The only systematics
> Serendipitously, the link seemed to go to all of DEB awards, not just
> "phylogenetic systematics", where there seems to be funding for alpha
> taxonomy of the sort you want. For example, the first grant listed is
> <http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=0841734>, a
> biodiversity survey of freshwater algae of the Hawaiian islands under
> the Biodiversity Surveys and Inventory program. According to the
> study abstract, "The objectives are to 1) establish long-term
> archived collections of Hawaiian freshwater algae morphological and
> genetic studies, 2) make all data available through a project
> database and website, and 3) describe newly discovered freshwater
> algal taxa from the Hawaiian Islands." This sounds like alpha
> taxonomy to me (describing newly discovered species), plus some
> bioinformatics and training -- "phylogeny" or "evolution" or "tree"
> aren't mentioned at all.
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