Carpooling with ecologists, geographers and taxonomists: Perceptions from conducting environmental research in tropical regions

Kate Baker, Claas Damken, Jean-Luc Gattolliat, Ulmar Grafe, Rafhiah Kahar, Albert Orr, Rodzay A. Wahab, Herbert Zettel, Michael Chadwick

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Abstract

Greater than 80% of species on Earth are awaiting formal description, and simultaneously, many of these species unknown to science are becoming extinct. Here we highlight the importance and benefits of collaborating and working in interdisciplinary research groups, to improve quality and efficiency of both ecological and taxonomic research. The aim of this paper is to share and critique two methods used when conducting environmental field research in taxonomically data-poor parts of the world, such as Borneo. Through discussions with geographers, ecologists and taxonomists these two methods are evaluated. We conclude with a suggested solution to push taxonomic knowledge barriers by creating inter-disciplinary communities of researchers who work together to improve taxonomic identifications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-981
Number of pages7
JournalBIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION
Volume28
Issue number4
Early online date18 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Citizen science
  • Field research
  • Insects
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Taxonomy
  • Tropical

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