The LinnéSys Fund
The LinnéSys Fund (previously Systematics Research Fund) supports research in the field of systematics and taxonomy. The total annual fund is £41,000, with £34,000 contributed by the Linnean Society and £7,000 contributed by the Systematics Association.
The Councils of the Linnean Society and the Systematics Association jointly administer the LinnéSys fund. This grant supports research in the field of systematics and taxonomy, with grants of up to £1,500.
Applications of all nationalities are welcome. Please note that only electronic applications made using the form below are acceptable.
Typical activities supported include contributions to fieldwork expenditure, the purchase of scientific equipment or expertise (e.g. buying time on analytical equipment), specimen preparation (including the cost of temporary technical assistance), and contributions to publication costs. Projects of a more general or educational nature will also be considered, provided that they include a strong systematics component. Typical activities not supported include attendance at scientific meetings and contributions to student maintenance or tuition fees. The fund does not provide payments for Bench Fees. Projects already substantially funded by other bodies may be disadvantaged.
Successful projects are selected by a panel of six systematists who represent a wide range of conceptual interests and taxonomic groups. The value of any single award will not exceed £1,500.
How to apply
Sir David Attenborough Award for Fieldwork
(Awarded to best LinnéSys Fund grant awardee)
Dr Veronica L. Urgiles, University of Central Florida, Sir David Attenborough Award for Fieldwork 2020
Project: Molecular and morphological diversification of a cryptic group of terrestrial frogs in a high-altitude tropical hotspot
This project explored the diversity and molecular diversification of a high elevation, and endemic clade of direct-developing terrestrial frogs from the southern Andes of Ecuador: the Pristimantis orestes species group. The genus Pristimantis constitutes the most diverse genus of terrestrial vertebrates in the world, and represents almost 40% of known amphibians in this Andean region. However, only a small percentage of the true diversity within this genus has been documented; this group is challenging due to complexes of cryptic species. This latter characteristic is suggested to be a result of repeated environmental selection pressures across similar altitudes, leading to morphological convergence among species.
Veronica collected samples from 35 localities, at elevations of 2500 and 4500m, and also visited various museum collections to view type specimens. She generated 480 new sequences and recovered 25 strongly supported clades, 18 of which represent undescribed Pristimantis species. She also recorded and analysed the calls of male specimens. She has already published descriptions on two new species, that she named P. cajanuma and P. quintanai, identifying their conservation status, and a further five are in progress. Further, she will be testing the hypothesis of diversification within this group using ancestral state reconstruction. Both the new species are endemic to the montane forest of Ecuador and based on their very restricted distributions (<40km2), it is suggested that they should be considered as Near Threatened.