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  [Aroid-l] Alocasia zebrina reticulata
From: mossytrail at hctc.com (mossytrail) on 2008.07.15 at 03:00:13(18157)
> What a shame. What will happen when there are no field
> botanists with the knowledge to recognize species in
> habitat? I have taken young molecular taxonomists into
> the field and some of them really have no clue what they
> are looking at until you tell them. At this rate, there
> will come a time when no field botanists will be able to
> lead them to their samples...which they send off to
> distant labs to analyze the relationships.
The other side is, those of us who ARE interested mainly in
the field side of things have to consider our options. I am
starting grad school this fall. Of the several schools I
applied to, the one which offered me a position was East
Carolina University, with a faculty member who mostly does
wetland biodiversity processes, i.e., ecology. Yes, I
believe I will enjoy that, as it does relate to my
(admitteldly wide-ranging) interests; but whether I will be
able later to cross over into field taxonomy, who knows?

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