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Biodiversity in schools

All children have a natural affinity with creatures, from bugs to dinosaurs.

 

Building on this in primary and secondary school curricula is a powerful and effective way to introduce important concepts, from classification to the web of life, and from evolution to ecology and conservation.

Taxonomy Australia is working to bring teachers and taxonomists together, to develop resources and teaching and learning aids so that Australian primary and secondary school students get the best possible introduction to living Australia and life on Earth.

Graduate and postgraduate training

With 70% of Australia's biodiversity still undiscovered, there is an urgent need to train a new generation of taxonomists and biosystematists to discover and document the rest.

Universities play a key role in exploring our biodiversity, from the introduction to the diversity of life taught in first year biology, to masters and PhD programs using the very latest concepts and methods in phylogenetics, genomics and bioinformatics to unravel the complexities of life on Earth.

Taxonomy Australia is working to bring universities and collections institutions (museums and herbaria) closer together, to ensure that graduate and postgraduate training is provided by those with the deepest knowledge of Australia's biodiversity.

Life-long learning

Renowned biologist E.O. Wilson coined the term 'biophilia' to describe the natural affinity we all have for biodiversity, from our first experiences of the living world as children and continuing throughout our lives.

Citizen science plays an important role in life-long learning by connecting enthusiasts with science, nature, and biodiversity discovery.

Taxonomy Australia is exploring opportunities for people of all ages to participate directly in the discovery, recognition, resolution and documentation of new Australian species.

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