[Taxacom] Sub-professionals

Bob Mesibov mesibov at southcom.com.au
Mon Jun 22 18:24:34 CDT 2009

Try asking your questions about professional taxonomists. I've rewritten your comments accordingly:

"Who will certify the taxonomists? Who will pay the taxonomists? Will there be a national taxonomy board to monitor the results of a national cadre of taxonomists? Is this to be
a government or NGO project, and will taxes be involved? 

What if there is a major mistake by a taxonomist resulting in death or loss of money - will the training involve bonding and how much insurance might be necessary for a taxonomist to take out? Should taxonomists incorporate to help shield them from being sued?

Identifications, if they are at all important (e.g. public health, invasive species needing expensive extirpation, poison control), should be based on voucher specimens deposited at public-accessible collections. Who will fund the collections or collections institutions? Pay per deposit? Who will pay the curators of the collections on which
taxonomists base their decisions? 

I think what might help promote support for the idea is that the proposers of professional taxonomic training provide us with at least one complete scenario, with sources of personnel and financial support clearly given, such that we see one version of a complete taxonomist training program, instance of identification, deposition of voucher, and result of the identification."
Dr Robert Mesibov
Honorary Research Associate
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, and
School of Zoology, University of Tasmania
Home contact: PO Box 101, Penguin, Tasmania, Australia 7316
(03) 64371195; 61 3 64371195
Website: http://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/mesibov.html

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