With LINNE, research on some of the most fundamental questions in biology will be accelerated:
- What are Earth's species, and how do they vary?
- How are species distributed in geographical and ecological space?
- What is the history of life on Earth, and how are species interrelated?
- How has biological diversity changed through space and time?
- What is the history of character transformations?
- What factors lead to speciation, dispersal, and extinction?
- Provide vastly improved capabilities for species identifications.
- Improve research on environmental issues such as habitat destruction, human health,
climate change, invasive species, and emerging infectious diseases.
- Improve our understanding of the history of life and our ability to address questions
in comparative biology such as those related to the origin, persistence, and extinction of
lineages and biogeographic patterns.
- Recognize important new areas of scientific research such as those related to biosecurity
- Provide information instantly on species identifications, distributions, habitat preferences,
and other data required by natural resource managers, conservationists, public health workers,
agricultural sciences, and industry.
- Create a legacy of knowledge through accelerated exploration and classification of life
on earth. Rapidly changing environments mean that opportunities to discover and describe
Earth's species are limited and that future generations will benefit from a baseline understanding
of the diversity and distribution of life on Earth. LINNE will document existing historical
and environmental patterns through research and collection development for the immediate and
enduring benefit of society, and bequeath a legacy of knowledge and understanding to our descendants.
LINNE WILL ADDRESS MAJOR IMPEDIMENTS TO TAXONOMIC RESEARCH
By creating research environments in which access to specimens, data, and analytical tools is available to researchers through high-performance networks, LINNE will dramatically reduce the isolation of taxonomic research and fragmentation of resources, including expertise, collections, literature, and instrumentation, that currently slow research and inhibit collaborations.
With LINNE, new generations of taxonomists will be educated and supported in the exploration and documentation of the world's species and the production of modern taxonomic revisions, including many diverse groups of organisms that few or no current taxonomists have the expertise to identify.
LINNE will provide improvements in collection facilities, from environmentally controlled buildings to archival tissue storage; provide the technical assistance necessary to properly manage collections; and ensure that the information in collections is accurate and accessible.