Background Information - Entomological Collections

The following references serve as reference list for the ESA Position Statement on Entomological Collections.



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Duckworth, W. D., H. H. Genoways, and C. L. Rose. 1993. Preserving natural science collections: chronicle of our environmental heritage. Mammalogy Papers: University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Washington, DC. iii+140 pp.

Federal Interagency Committee on Invasive Terrestrial Animals and Pathogens (ITAP) Systematics Subcommittee. 2008. Protecting America’s economy, environment, health, and security against invasive species requires a strong federal program in systematic biology. ITAP, Washington, DC. 55 pp.

Feeley, K. J., and M. R. Silman. 2011. Keep collecting: accurate species distribution modelling requires more collections than previously thought. Diversity and Distributions 17: 1132–1140.

Frewin, A., C. Scott-Dupree, and R. Hanner. 2013. DNA barcoding for plant protection: applications and summary of available data for arthropod pests. CAB Reviews 8, 018: 1–13.

Hawksworth, D. L. 2004. Biological papers without cited voucher material are so much waste paper. European Science Editing 30: 81–83.

Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections, National Science and Technology Council, Committee on Science. 2009. Scientific collections: mission-critical infrastructure of federal science agencies. Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, DC. 47 pp.

Kemp, C. 2015. Museums: the endangered dead. Nature 518: 292–294.

Krell, F.T., and Q. D. Wheeler. 2014. Specimen collection: plan for the future. Science 344: 815–816.

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Miller, S. E. 1991. Entomological collections in the United States and Canada. American Entomologist 37: 77–84.

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Natural Sciences Collections Association. 2005. A matter of life and death – natural science collections: why keep them and why fund them? Natural Sciences Collections Association, Yeadon, Leeds, UK. 13 pp.

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Winker, K. 2004. Natural history museums in a postbiodiversity era. BioScience 54: 455–459.