Identification Trainers for the Future: Developing the next generation of expert naturalists at the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10141/622322
Title:
Identification Trainers for the Future: Developing the next generation of expert naturalists at the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity
Authors:
West, SVL ( 0000-0001-9890-809X ) ; Roach, APG
Abstract:
With on-going losses to UK biodiversity occurring, the need for suitably experienced, passionate biologists who can identify and classify plants and animals, and engage young people with the natural world, has never been greater. There has, however, been a decline in biological field skills, particularly in emerging scientists and graduates, in recent years. This is due to a combination of factors, including our changing relationship with nature, reduced childhood engagement, and a lack of education and training opportunities. Cuts to museum specialists have also occurred, making it more difficult for early career professionals to gain the training required to work in field ecology, taxonomy, and as specialist curators. The 'Identification Trainers for the Future' traineeship, launched in 2015 by the Natural History Museum (NHM) in partnership with the Field Studies Council (FSC) and National Biodiversity Network (NBN), and hosted within the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity (AMC), is a strong example of how early career professionals can develop ecological field and curatorial skills. It provides a platform for passionate individuals to train future generations in wildlife identification, support naturalist groups, and engage public audiences to connect with the natural world. This paper outlines the aims and key elements of the ID Trainers for the Future traineeship, reflecting on personal experiences. Finally, the paper outlines initial lessons learnt and next steps as the active phase of the programme draws to a close with the final cohort of trainees in spring of 2018
Citation:
West, SVL & Roach, APG. Identification Trainers for the Future: Developing the next generation of expert naturalists at the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity. Journal of Natural Science Collections, vol. 5 (2018), p. 78-88.
Publisher:
Natural Science Collections Association
Journal:
Journal of Natural Science Collections
Issue date:
2-Feb-2018
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10141/622322
Submitted date:
2018-02-05
Type:
Journal Article
Item Description:
© by the authors, 2018. Published by the Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA). This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). The attached file is the published pdf version.
Subject Terms:
Traineeship; Conservation; Biodiversity; Taxonomy; Field skills; Curatorial skills; Citizen science
ISSN:
2053-1133
Appears in Collections:
Life sciences

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dc.contributor.authorWest, SVLen
dc.contributor.authorRoach, APGen
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dc.identifier.citationWest, SVL & Roach, APG. Identification Trainers for the Future: Developing the next generation of expert naturalists at the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity. Journal of Natural Science Collections, vol. 5 (2018), p. 78-88.en
dc.identifier.issn2053-1133en_US
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dc.description.abstractWith on-going losses to UK biodiversity occurring, the need for suitably experienced, passionate biologists who can identify and classify plants and animals, and engage young people with the natural world, has never been greater. There has, however, been a decline in biological field skills, particularly in emerging scientists and graduates, in recent years. This is due to a combination of factors, including our changing relationship with nature, reduced childhood engagement, and a lack of education and training opportunities. Cuts to museum specialists have also occurred, making it more difficult for early career professionals to gain the training required to work in field ecology, taxonomy, and as specialist curators. The 'Identification Trainers for the Future' traineeship, launched in 2015 by the Natural History Museum (NHM) in partnership with the Field Studies Council (FSC) and National Biodiversity Network (NBN), and hosted within the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity (AMC), is a strong example of how early career professionals can develop ecological field and curatorial skills. It provides a platform for passionate individuals to train future generations in wildlife identification, support naturalist groups, and engage public audiences to connect with the natural world. This paper outlines the aims and key elements of the ID Trainers for the Future traineeship, reflecting on personal experiences. Finally, the paper outlines initial lessons learnt and next steps as the active phase of the programme draws to a close with the final cohort of trainees in spring of 2018en_US
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dc.subjecttraineeship; conservation; biodiversity; taxonomy; field skills; curatorial skills; citizen scienceen_US
dc.titleIdentification Trainers for the Future: Developing the next generation of expert naturalists at the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversityen_US
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dc.description.nhm© by the authors, 2018. Published by the Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA). This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). The attached file is the published pdf version.en
dc.subject.nhmTraineeshipen
dc.subject.nhmConservationen
dc.subject.nhmBiodiversityen
dc.subject.nhmTaxonomyen
dc.subject.nhmField skillsen
dc.subject.nhmCuratorial skillsen
dc.subject.nhmCitizen scienceen
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