Our Discovery Mission
Our mission, should we choose to accept it, is to discover and document all remaining Australian species of plants, animals, fungi and other organisms ... in a generation.
Part 3 - Whiteboards
The ideas below have been contributed to the whiteboard for discussion during the roundtable breakouts. You can add to them on the Whiteboard ideas page
Roundtable 2: How can we most effectively use morphology for our mission?
Morphology obviously has a long history in species delimitation and discovery, but is being challenged now by DNA sequencing as a primary tool in some taxonomic groups. Some taxonomists support morphological-only taxonomy while other support DNA-only taxonomy. This roundtable will consider issues around morphology, including:
Why exactly does morphology remain important in this age of genetics and genomics?
Are we able to identify any taxonomic groups where we can say that morphology basically doesn't matter?
How can we improve the capture, handling and use of morphological (trait) information in the service of our mission?
More (or better) ideas? Add them here.