Taxonomists an Endangered Species

Taxonomists in Australia are rapidly becoming extinct, reports Bob Beeton:

“Today Australia’s taxonomic capacity is in peril. The State of Environment 2001 and 2006 have both pointed this out. The immediate issue is reflected in National Taxonomy Forum Report:

* In 2003 about half of Australia’s taxonomists are aged over 45 years, * One third were over 60, * One third of the workforce is voluntary. * Each year there is an ongoing net loss of expertise”

He is of course talking about biological taxonomists and points out the importance of this expertise to be able to track and manage the degradation of the natural environment. Who’s tracking the population of organisational taxonomists, and what would happen if they became extinct?

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