What is the Future for Biological Surveys? Are Specialists for Key Taxa at Risk of Becoming Extinct?

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
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SPECIALIST GROUP MEETING 11:00–16:30 Thursday 7 September 2017

Plenary Meeting of the Taxonomy and Systematics Committee of the Linnean Society of London.

This meeting will bring together academic and practitioner/user communities involved in biological surveys to discuss examples of survey outcomes, with the following aims:

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  1. To explore where there may be actual/imminent gaps in expertise.
  2. To look at how surveys may be used to help secure the necessary pool of skills in identification and taxonomy.   
  3. To explore the implications for non-specialists of new tools such as environmental DNA sequencing.
  4. To assess the impact of using apps on the accuracy of biological survey results.
  5. To reinforce the complementary role played by museum natural history collections, both in confirming identity in biological surveys, as well as in training.

This meeting will be of wide-ranging interest to taxonomists/systematists and identifiers, be they employed professionally or contributing as citizen scientists; to curators of museum collections; and especially to members of specialist natural history groups.  As an outcome, we will identify how we can collectively contribute practical help to ensure the continuity of relevant expertise and appropriate quality control for biological surveys.

The meeting will be chaired by Professor David Cutler, Past President of the Society and Chair of the T&S Committee. 

  • The State of Nature Report 2016 – An Overview | Professor Richard D Gregory (Audio)
  • The Perspective from the National Biodiversity Network | Dr Jo Judge (Audio / Presentation)
  • The Utility and Impact of Apps: the New Forest Cicada Project | Professor Alex Rogers (Audio)
  • DNA as a New Tool for Biological Survey | Dr Keith Porter (Audio)
  • The Powdery Mildew Survey: Citizen Science for Improving Fungal Identification | Dr Oliver Ellingham (Audio / Presentation)
  • Biological Surveys and Museums: Past, Present, Future | Paolo Viscardi (Presentation)
  • Earthworm Society of Great Britain – Wriggling into Recording: Setting up a New Earthworm Recording Scheme | Keiron Brown (Presentation)
  • People’s Trust for Endangered Species – Biological Surveys: a PTES Perspective | Emily Thomas (Presentation)
  • British Entomology and Natural History Society – Enhancing the Quality of Species Record Data: How Can BENHS Help? | Dr Glenda M Orledge (Presentation)
  • British Dragonfly Society – On the state of Recording at the BDS | David Hepper (Presentation)
  • Download the full programme and abstracts
  • Registration fee (£10) includes lunch and refreshments. Registration for this event is now CLOSED.
  • The event will be followed by a wine reception. 
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