The Taxonomy of the Harpacticoid Copepods of the Northern Gulf of Mexico; a Taxon of Potential Importance to the Navy
FLORIDA STATE UNIV TALLAHASSEE DEPT OF OCEANOGRAPHY
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LONG-TERM GOALS It is recognized that there is a crisis in taxonomy. The workers who could identify species and describe new taxa are literally dying, and their jobs are being eliminated or shifted to other disciplines. If the infrastructure of ecology, in particular, and biology generally is to be maintained, a way has to be found to train new workers in taxonomy while simultaneously making them employable. I believe that this goal can be achieved by training graduate students in oceanography to do the taxonomy of the groups they study, thus passing taxonomic skills to a new generation. One student is being trained in this way in my laboratory.