Declines in the numbers of amateur and professional taxonomists: implications for conservation

  title={Declines in the numbers of amateur and professional taxonomists: implications for conservation},
  author={Graham W. Hopkins and Robert P. Freckleton},
  journal={Animal Conservation},
To ensure the effective conservation of biodiversity the distribution of species needs to be accurately characterized and areas of high species richness located. For many taxa this can be achieved only by experienced taxonomists. Taxonomic research has a large input from non‐professional or amateur researchers, in addition to professionals working at museums or universities. The decline of taxonomy and the number of taxonomists within the professional community has been widely publicized, but… 

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