[Taxacom] What A Great Time to be a Young Systematist

David Campbell pleuronaia at gmail.com
Fri Oct 31 09:14:51 CDT 2014

Part of the difference is that fact that entomology has long been
recognized as important for agriculture and thus is operating under a
somewhat different context for employment than many other fields, although
there is a current opening for a malacologist in a similar field - emphasis
on pests and invasives.  It's good to know that there are jobs in some
fields of systematics, but in many others we're losing expertise and
collections with no replacement.  Funk's list also includes bioinformatics
being perceived as a replacement for, rather than an aid to, systematic

On Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 3:29 AM, Peter Rauch <peterar at berkeley.edu> wrote:

> Apropos the upbeat observation made by Mike I. recently, I wonder how this
> most recent  doom and gloom commentary about U.S. museum collections
> squares ?
> http://nmnh.typepad.com/the_plant_press/2014/10/the-erosion-of-collections-based-science-alarming-trend-or-coincidence.html
> The Erosion of Collections-Based Science: Alarming Trend or Coincidence?
> From Plant Press, Vol. 17, No. 4
> <http://nmnh.typepad.com/files/vol17no4.pdf>, October 2014.
> *A Curator’s Perspective*
> *By Vicki A. Funk**
> Are they --systematists and collections-- independent of one another,
> unreliant upon one another ?
> And, perhaps more importantly, at this dramatic moment in world history
> --as we watch our evolutionary context of Humanity disappearing before our
> aged eyes-- is Funk's cutator's perspective alarmist rather than alarming
> (interesting that the NMNH / SI want to distance themselves ("...do not
> represent...", not e.g., "...do not necessarily represent ...") from her
> "personal opinion" --what's with that ?) ?
> I'm stunned by the long Funk list. Tell me I can relax and can ignore it.
> Peter
> On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM, Michael A. Ivie <mivie at montana.edu>
> wrote:
> > Dear Taxacomers,
> >>
> >> We see a lot of doom and gloom on this list, but in my career,* I have
> >> never seen a better time to be a young systematist*!  In North American
> >> entomology, we have seen 6 endowed professorships/curators, 3 of them
> new,
> >> either just filled, open or about to be open.  Plus, a major opening in
> a
> >> top university just filled, leaving an opening where that person came
> from,
> >> 2 in top museums, plus more than the normal set of collection managers
> and
> >> other non-faculty positions. The death of US systematic entomology is no
> >> where in sight!
> >>
> >> Mike
> >>
> >
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Dr. David Campbell
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