LINNE IS NECESSARY
LINNE will build on the nation's investments in natural history collections and innovative programs that have energized taxonomic research. Examples include NSF programs and initiatives, such as those supporting the education of taxonomists (Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy), acceleration of taxonomic revisions (Revisionary Syntheses in Systematics), expansion of expeditionary exploration (Planetary Biodiversity Inventories), and a framework phylogeny of life (Assembling the Tree of Life), as well as increased investment in core NSF programs such as Systematic Biology, Biodiversity Surveys and Inventories, Biological Research Collections, and Biological Databases and Informatics. Continuation and expansion of these programs and initiatives are vital to meeting the challenge of the taxonomic crisis.
LINNE will build on the nation's investments in natural history collections and innovative programs that have energized taxonomic research.
LINNE will transform taxonomy, modernize collections, and open taxonomic knowledge to science and society. With environmental deterioration accelerating, little time remains for documenting the world's biodiversity. Taxonomy and biological collections remain the core resources for accomplishing this extremely important task. Our generation is the first to fully comprehend the biodiversity crisis and the last with the opportunity to explore and document the life of our planet. LINNE is necessary if we are to succeed!