This directory is a guide to experts able to identify organisms found in British Columbia. It provides a quick reference to the names and addresses of those people (and in some instances, companies) who can identify species in particular groups, and who can identify collectively many of the diverse plants, animals, protists, bacteria, and fungi found in British Columbia's ecosystems. These experts include professional taxonomists and systematists who study and name species, as well as researchers, contractors, individuals who are experienced in species identification using available keys, and knowledgeable amateurs whose abilities have been recognized and recommended by professionals. Retired professionals are also listed because many are still active in their fields of work. The objective in compiling this list was not to identify all experts in the field, but rather to identify at least some of the known experts for as many of British Columbia's taxa as possible.
Please note that the inclusion in this directory of individuals or the companies they work for does not guarantee or imply their willingness to provide services directly to readers. Directory users must first obtain the consent of the expert to provide a service before they make any other arrangements for identification of material.
Experts are not identified for all species groups included here. For the most part, these gaps reflect a genuine lack of expertise. Some gaps, however, may reflect an oversight. In any case, with new species still being discovered and many others remaining unnamed, the need for expertise will continue to grow. (Consider, for instance, that there are an estimated 28 000 species of insects for every insect taxonomist.)
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Updated November 04, 2009