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Systematics is fundamental to biology, one must know what one is studying, otherwise how can they be conserved. A discussion is provided on the declining systematic base here in Australia. This is because as the population of Australian systematists ages and becomes grey they are not being replaced. Some comments are provided as to how this trend may be reversed.

Adam, P. 2010. The study of natural history- a PPP. Pp. 1-15 in The Natural History of Sydney edited by D. Lunney, P. Hutchings and D. Hochuli. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
Adam, P. 2013. Don't worry-be happy? Pp. 71-87 in Grumpy Scientists: the Ecological Conscience of a Nation, edited by Daniel Lunney, Pat Hutchings and Harry F. Recher. Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
Calver, M.C. 2013. RAM the PI-BETA, C3PO-what the H-STAR happened to my promotion application? Or: The pros and cons of bibliometric evaluations of researchers. Pp. 106-121 in Grumpy Scientists: the Ecological Conscience of a Nation, edited by Daniel Lunney, Pat Hutchings and Harry F. Recher. Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
FASTS 2008. Proceedings of the National Taxonomy Forum, held at the Australian Museum October 2007. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/funding-and-research/workshops-and-forums/ntf.html accessed 13th May 2013
Harrison, H.B., Williamson, D.H., D. Evans, R.D., Almany, G.R., Thorrold, S.R., Russ, G.R., Feldheim, K.A., van Herwerden, L., Planes, S., Srinivasan, M., Berumen, M.J., and Jones, G.P. 2012. Larval Export from Marine Reserves and the Recruitment Benefit for Fish and Fisheries. Current Biology 22: 1023-1028.
Hutchings, P. 2012a. The chill winds of climate change freeze funding for biodiversity's critical infrastructure a personal view. Pp. 9-12 in Science under siege: zoology under threat, edited by Peter Banks, Daniel Lunney and Chris Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
Hutchings, P. 2012b. Death of life Sciences: a personal perspective. In Wildlife response to disasters, the theme of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW in October 2009, edited by Chris Dickman, Dan Lunney and Peter Banks. Australian Zoologist 36: 242-46.
Hutchings, P.A., Ahyong, S.T., Ashcroft, M.B., McGrouther, M.A., Reid, A.L. 2013. Sydney Harbour: its diverse biodiversity. Australian Zoologist http://dx.doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2012.031
Leis., J., Gomon, M., and Larson. H. 2007. Australian Fish taxonomists-an endangered species. AMSA Bulletin 176, Spring 2007: 32-33.
Pitcher, C. R., Doherty, P., Arnold, P., Hooper, J., Gribble, N., Bartlett, C., Browne, M., Campbell, N., Cannard, T., Cappo, M., Carini, G., Chalmers, S., Cheers, S., Chetwynd, D., Colefax, A., Coles, R., Cook, S., Davie, P., De'ath, G., Devereux, D., Done, B., Donovan, T., Ehrke, B., Ellis, N., Ericson, G., Fellegara, I., Forcey, K., Furey, M., Gledhill, D., Good, N., Gordon, S., Haywood, M., Hendriks, P., Jacobsen, I., Johnson, J., Jones, M., Kinninmoth, S., Kistle, S., Last, P., Leite, A., Marks, S., McLeod, I., Oczkowicz, S., Rose, C., Seabright, D., Sheils, J., Sherlock, M., Skelton, P., Smith, D., Smith, G., Speare, P., Stowar, M., Strickland, C., Van der Geest, C., Venables, W., Walsh, C., Wassenberg, T., Welna, A., and Yearsley, G. 2007. Seabed Biodiversity on the Continental Shelf of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. CRC Reef Research Final Report, AIMS/CSIRO/QM/QDPI, Brisbane.
Majer, J.D. 2012. Critical times: How has ecological research responded over the past 35 years? Austral Ecology 37: 149-152.
McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M, 2008. Surrogates for cryptogam conservation - associations between mosses, macrofungi, vascular plants and environmental variables. http://eprints.utas.edu.au/8282 PhD Thesis, University of Tasmania.
McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., Kirkpatrick, J.B., May, T.W., and Pharo, E.J. 2010. Surrogates for Macrofungi and Mosses in Reservation Planning. Conservation Biology 24: 730-736
Ponder, W.F., and Lunney, D. (eds). 1999. The Other 99%. The Conservation and Biodiversity of Invertebrates. Royal Society of New South Wales, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
Przeslawski, R., Ahyong, S, Byrne, M, Wörheide, G., and Hutchings P. 2008. Beyond corals and fish: the effects of climate change on non-coral benthic invertebrates of tropical reefs. Global Change Biology 14: 1-23.
Recher, H.F. 2013. What makes this old scientist grumpy. Pp. 1-8 in Grumpy Scientists: the Ecological Conscience of a Nation, edited by Daniel Lunney, Pat Hutchings and Harry F. Recher. Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
Recher, H.F., and Pyke, G.H. 2012. A History of Environmental Ornithology at the Australian Museum. Pp. 395-425 in ‘Contributions to the History of Australian Ornithology. Vol. 2’ ed by W. E. Davis, Jnr., H. F. Recher, and W. E. Boles, Memoirs of the Nuttall Ornithological Club, No. 18.
Strahan, R. 1997. Rare and Curious Specimens. An Illustrated History of the Australian Museum 1827-1979. Offset Alpine Printing Pty Ltd.
Russ, G.R., Cheal, A.J., Dolman, A.M., Emslie, M.J., Evans, R.D., Miller, I., Sweatman, H., and Williamson, D.H. 2008. Rapid increase in fish numbers follows creation of world's largest marine reserve network. Current Biology 18: R514-R515.
Wägele, H., Klussmann-Kolb, A., Kuhlmann, M., Haszprunar, G., Lindberg, D., Koch, A., and Wolfgang, J. 2011. The taxonomist - an endangered race. A practical proposal for its survival. Frontiers in Zoology 2011 8:25. doi:10.1186/1742-9994.
Williamson, D.H., Russ, G.R., and Ayling, A.M. 2004. No-take marine reserves increase abundance and biomass of reef fish on inshore fringing reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Environment Conservation 31: 149-159.
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Adam, P. 2010. The study of natural history- a PPP. Pp. 1-15 in The Natural History of Sydney edited by D. Lunney, P. Hutchings and D. Hochuli. Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
Adam, P. 2013. Don't worry-be happy? Pp. 71-87 in Grumpy Scientists: the Ecological Conscience of a Nation, edited by Daniel Lunney, Pat Hutchings and Harry F. Recher. Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
Calver, M.C. 2013. RAM the PI-BETA, C3PO-what the H-STAR happened to my promotion application? Or: The pros and cons of bibliometric evaluations of researchers. Pp. 106-121 in Grumpy Scientists: the Ecological Conscience of a Nation, edited by Daniel Lunney, Pat Hutchings and Harry F. Recher. Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
FASTS 2008. Proceedings of the National Taxonomy Forum, held at the Australian Museum October 2007. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/funding-and-research/workshops-and-forums/ntf.html accessed 13th May 2013
Harrison, H.B., Williamson, D.H., D. Evans, R.D., Almany, G.R., Thorrold, S.R., Russ, G.R., Feldheim, K.A., van Herwerden, L., Planes, S., Srinivasan, M., Berumen, M.J., and Jones, G.P. 2012. Larval Export from Marine Reserves and the Recruitment Benefit for Fish and Fisheries. Current Biology 22: 1023-1028.
Hutchings, P. 2012a. The chill winds of climate change freeze funding for biodiversity's critical infrastructure a personal view. Pp. 9-12 in Science under siege: zoology under threat, edited by Peter Banks, Daniel Lunney and Chris Dickman. Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
Hutchings, P. 2012b. Death of life Sciences: a personal perspective. In Wildlife response to disasters, the theme of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW in October 2009, edited by Chris Dickman, Dan Lunney and Peter Banks. Australian Zoologist 36: 242-46.
Hutchings, P.A., Ahyong, S.T., Ashcroft, M.B., McGrouther, M.A., Reid, A.L. 2013. Sydney Harbour: its diverse biodiversity. Australian Zoologist http://dx.doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2012.031
Leis., J., Gomon, M., and Larson. H. 2007. Australian Fish taxonomists-an endangered species. AMSA Bulletin 176, Spring 2007: 32-33.
Pitcher, C. R., Doherty, P., Arnold, P., Hooper, J., Gribble, N., Bartlett, C., Browne, M., Campbell, N., Cannard, T., Cappo, M., Carini, G., Chalmers, S., Cheers, S., Chetwynd, D., Colefax, A., Coles, R., Cook, S., Davie, P., De'ath, G., Devereux, D., Done, B., Donovan, T., Ehrke, B., Ellis, N., Ericson, G., Fellegara, I., Forcey, K., Furey, M., Gledhill, D., Good, N., Gordon, S., Haywood, M., Hendriks, P., Jacobsen, I., Johnson, J., Jones, M., Kinninmoth, S., Kistle, S., Last, P., Leite, A., Marks, S., McLeod, I., Oczkowicz, S., Rose, C., Seabright, D., Sheils, J., Sherlock, M., Skelton, P., Smith, D., Smith, G., Speare, P., Stowar, M., Strickland, C., Van der Geest, C., Venables, W., Walsh, C., Wassenberg, T., Welna, A., and Yearsley, G. 2007. Seabed Biodiversity on the Continental Shelf of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. CRC Reef Research Final Report, AIMS/CSIRO/QM/QDPI, Brisbane.
Majer, J.D. 2012. Critical times: How has ecological research responded over the past 35 years? Austral Ecology 37: 149-152.
McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M, 2008. Surrogates for cryptogam conservation - associations between mosses, macrofungi, vascular plants and environmental variables. http://eprints.utas.edu.au/8282 PhD Thesis, University of Tasmania.
McMullan-Fisher, S.J.M., Kirkpatrick, J.B., May, T.W., and Pharo, E.J. 2010. Surrogates for Macrofungi and Mosses in Reservation Planning. Conservation Biology 24: 730-736
Ponder, W.F., and Lunney, D. (eds). 1999. The Other 99%. The Conservation and Biodiversity of Invertebrates. Royal Society of New South Wales, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
Przeslawski, R., Ahyong, S, Byrne, M, Wörheide, G., and Hutchings P. 2008. Beyond corals and fish: the effects of climate change on non-coral benthic invertebrates of tropical reefs. Global Change Biology 14: 1-23.
Recher, H.F. 2013. What makes this old scientist grumpy. Pp. 1-8 in Grumpy Scientists: the Ecological Conscience of a Nation, edited by Daniel Lunney, Pat Hutchings and Harry F. Recher. Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman, NSW, Australia.
Recher, H.F., and Pyke, G.H. 2012. A History of Environmental Ornithology at the Australian Museum. Pp. 395-425 in ‘Contributions to the History of Australian Ornithology. Vol. 2’ ed by W. E. Davis, Jnr., H. F. Recher, and W. E. Boles, Memoirs of the Nuttall Ornithological Club, No. 18.
Strahan, R. 1997. Rare and Curious Specimens. An Illustrated History of the Australian Museum 1827-1979. Offset Alpine Printing Pty Ltd.
Russ, G.R., Cheal, A.J., Dolman, A.M., Emslie, M.J., Evans, R.D., Miller, I., Sweatman, H., and Williamson, D.H. 2008. Rapid increase in fish numbers follows creation of world's largest marine reserve network. Current Biology 18: R514-R515.
Wägele, H., Klussmann-Kolb, A., Kuhlmann, M., Haszprunar, G., Lindberg, D., Koch, A., and Wolfgang, J. 2011. The taxonomist - an endangered race. A practical proposal for its survival. Frontiers in Zoology 2011 8:25. doi:10.1186/1742-9994.
Williamson, D.H., Russ, G.R., and Ayling, A.M. 2004. No-take marine reserves increase abundance and biomass of reef fish on inshore fringing reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Environment Conservation 31: 149-159.
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