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Criteria for Taxonomic experts

Criteria for Taxonomic experts

The Taxonomic Certification Program (TCP) was established in 2004 by the North American Benthological Society (NABS) through the efforts of past and current members of the NABS Taxonomic Certification Committee (TCC) and the NABS Technical Issues Committee. This program is inherently dependent upon recognized taxonomic/systematic experts for supplying and verifying the identifications of all aquatic macroinvertebrate specimens that will be used during its certification tests. The TCC, entrusted with oversight responsibilities for the TCP has established the following criteria for Taxonomic Experts, in order to be appointed as an expert an individual must meet at least four of these criteria:
  • 1. Authorship. Is an author/coauthor of two or more peer-reviewed publications in the group for which the applicant seeks recognition as a taxonomic/systematic expert. Or, has prepared and presented two or more papers at professional meetings focusing on the taxonomy/systematics of the group for which the applicant seeks recognition as a taxonomic expert.

  • 2. Academic Qualification. Has been presented an earned graduate degree (MS/PhD) related to the field of invertebrate taxonomy, with MS or PhD thesis focused on the taxonomy/systematics of group for which the applicant seeks recognition as a taxonomic expert. Post-doctoral employment/experience focusing on taxonomy/systematics of group for which the applicant seeks recognition as a taxonomic expert will fulfill this criterion.

  • 3. Employment. Currently serves (or has previously served) in a professional capacity (e.g., at place of employment - institution, business, agency, department, company) as curator or manager of an invertebrate collection (one or more groups) including that for which the applicant seeks recognition as a taxonomic/systematic expert.

  • 4. Experience. Has a history of / currently is performing taxonomic identification / verification services for individuals, businesses, agencies, companies, and/or organizations outside of primary place of employment in the group for which the applicant seeks recognition as a taxonomic/systematic expert.

  • 5. Teaching. Has organized, prepared, and successfully presented one or more taxonomic training workshops focusing on the group for which expertise is sought; the workshop or course must have been inclusive of the group for which the applicant seeks recognition as a taxonomic/systematic expert. Or, has served as an individual or as a collaborative instructor in the teaching of one or more college or university courses focusing on the taxonomy of one / several group(s) of aquatic macroinvertebrates; the course must have been inclusive of the group for which the applicant seeks recognition as a taxonomic/systematic expert.

  • 6. Influence and Recognition. Has served / currently is serving as a peer-reviewer for one or more manuscripts received from a journal editor prior to its publication in the primary literature, with focus of the manuscript(s) on the group for which taxonomic expertise is sought. Service as a guest or assistant editor for a journal publishing peer-reviewed articles focusing on taxonomic / systematic issues shall satisfy this criterion.

  • 7. Research. Has submitted (as PI, co-PI, or collaborating researcher) one or more proposals to (currently pending at time of request for recognition as expert) or has received research funds (grant/contract/gift) from provincial, federal, state, regional, and/or private sources that support taxonomic/systematic studies in the group for which the applicant seeks recognition as a taxonomic/systematic expert.

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