[Taxacom] article on the decline of taxonomists

Fabian Haas fhaas at icipe.org
Fri Sep 10 05:49:17 CDT 2010


  hmm never though about that! I tend to disagree, since the 'new' 
countries were still trade partners and resources despite 
de-colonisation. Further no capacities have been build in the new countries.
Also the loss of positions seem to be more severe from the 80ties 
onwards, were most countries were independant about 20 years already.

So I de-colonisation seems not really a factor here.

On 10.09.10 11:51, dipteryx at freeler.nl wrote:
> Van: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu namens Peter Stevens
> Verzonden: do 9-9-2010 15:53
>
>> Seriously, we have been complaining about our decline
>> and the fact that nobody loves us for a century or so;
>> it does get a bit stale.  I have often thought about
>> pulling together the relevant literature;
> ***
> A century looks like an overstatement; more likely something
> like half that. A likely cause/correlation for the decline
> should be decolonization; the very reason for having colonies
> was to have products such as spices, drugs, dyes, etc, etc,
> derived from the living world. A lot of research capacity was
> tied up with that, including taxonomy; and when this economic
> incentive fell away ...
>
> Paul
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