[Taxacom] article on the decline of taxonomists

Bob Mesibov mesibov at southcom.com.au
Fri Sep 10 05:11:38 CDT 2010

This nicely written position paper is about 10 years old and refers to 20 previous years of complaining:


Note the introductory comment "ASC invites comments and hopes that this paper is the beginning of a dialogue both within the systematics collections community and between it, policymakers, and users of biodiversity information."

And then there's 'The Disappearance' by the botanist Duane Isely (1918-2000), published in 1972 in Taxon [21(1): 3-12. I have a low-quality PDF for anyone interested.] It's a dream-fantasy about a world in which all taxonomists suddenly vanished. Have any of Isely's imagined consequences emerged yet, given the ongoing decline in taxonomic expertise?
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
Webpage: http://www.qvmag.tas.gov.au/?articleID=570

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