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Natural History Museums and the Biodiversity Crisis: the Case for a Global Taxonomic Facility

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Abstract:

In its dossier on Natural History Museums and the Environment (No. 190, April–June 1996), Museum International focused on the challenges facing these museums in a new epoch of acute environmental awareness and called attention to the pressing problem of biodiversity preservation. The crucial role that museums can play in fostering and underpinning vital scientific research in this field is described by Malcolm J. Scoble, head of the Biodiversity Division in the Department of Entomology at the Natural History Museum, London, and formerly assistant curator/acting curator of the Hope Entomological Collections of the University Museum, Oxford University. He has also worked as a senior professional officer in entomology at the Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, South Africa, and is the author of a book on Lepidoptera published by Oxford University Press, as well as a number of scientific and popular articles, mainly on taxonomy of Lepidoptera.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-0033.00124

Affiliations: Department of Entomology, Natural History Museum, London

Publication date: October 1, 1997

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