[Taxacom] article on the decline of taxonomists

Fabian Haas fhaas at icipe.org
Fri Sep 10 00:52:39 CDT 2010


the CBD and its Global Taxonomy Initiative has and still is creating 
some noise on the coming shortage. And I think I collected some 
literature about it somewhere, when I was the German national Focal 
Point for that.

I put together some 'dialogue' or Thesis and Antithesis here:

Why things still dont really work out.


On 09.09.10 20:15, Mary Barkworth wrote:
> A more interesting question (my opinion) is whether there have been any changes in practice/education/society that have had a positive impact on recognition of the importance of basic taxonomic research and employment opportunities for individuals in the area. It would, however, be difficult topic to find information about. Was there an expansion after land grant colleges and the Extension Service were established in the US? What about the impact of big environmental push in the 1960s? How about passage of the Endangered Species act?  I know these are all events within the US. Perhaps folks in other countries can identify what one would expect to be an employment driver - and see what happened.
> Just a thought - going to push the sherry button.
> Mary
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