Gentlemen or players: New Zealand's aquatic insect taxonomists
The declining state of taxonomy in New Zealand was highlighted in a recent article by Lester et al. (2014) and echoed similar concerns made in other parts of the world in both the scientific literature and print media. For example, writing in the Guardian Weekly, Tim Entwistle (2014) noted that Australia had an aging and declining work force of taxonomists and argued that because the identification of species was essential for the conservation of biodiversity taxonomists were far from being dispensable. Likewise, Hopkins & Freckleton (2002) noted that although professional taxonomy had undergone a long and continuing decline in the United Kingdom since its peak in the 1950s and 60s, skilled taxonomists were needed to identify species in essential studies of biodiversity.