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Typifying an era in biology through synthesis of biodiversity information: Achievements and impediments

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Abstract:

While phylogenetic systematics has developed rapidly and impressively over the last five decades, a reawakened interest in the role and impact of biodiversity collections epitomizes the last two decades in particular. In this essay, we explore various aspects that characterize this Biodiversity Information Synthesis: achievements, impediments, shifting personnel roles, technological advancements, and predictions on future trends—both bleak and promising.

Keywords: BIODIVERSITY; COLLECTIONS; COST; CRISIS; DISCOVERY; ECONOMIC; FLORA; HERBARIUM; NATURAL HISTORY; NEW SPECIES; PERIOD; PROFIT; SERVICE; SYNTHESIS; TAXONOMIC IMPEDIMENT

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12705/625.14

Affiliations: 1: University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Natural History, UCB 334, Boulder, Colorado 80309, U.S.A.;, Email: erin.tripp@colorado.edu 2: Email: elaine_hoagland25@hotmail.com

Publication date: October 22, 2013

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