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So called Indigenous, or Traditional Knowledge (ITK) is viewed by many western scientists with a combination of amusement and doubt, and almost always, implicit judgement. But what if we apply the methods of analysing ITK to western science? After all, western science began its long walk to hegemony as the folk knowledge of the peoples of the Mediterranean region. This exercise will likely prove both illuminating and humbling.
Marine biodiversity of the United States is extensively documented, but data assembled by the United States National Committee for the Census of Marine Life demonstrate that even the most complete taxonomic inventories are based on records scattered in space and time. Measures of biodiversity other than species diversity, such as ecosystem and genetic diversity, are poorly documented.
Prominent on the institute's new web site, biodiversity.ku.edu, are the research, collections and discoveries of its scientists and graduate students who explore and document the life of the planet.
The Biodiversity Institute has a new home on the web and a new site for the institute's Natural History Museum. Revamped websites for the Biodiversity Institute's research divisions, such as mammalogy, herpetology and botany, are also in development.
What a joy it was last fall when NOAA Ocean Explorer announced that researchers had discovered new coral reefs in the Gulf. These are not tropical reefs; they are in the cold, dark depths of the sea. They are comprised of Lophelia pertusa, a stony coral found in deep, dark near-freezing waters.
The Invertebrate Collection at the Biodiversity Institute contains 1771 lots, including 122 lots of type specimens.