Go here...(click here or on the logo)
We are currently in a biodiversity crisis. A quarter of all mammals face extinction, and 90 percent of the largest ocean fish are gone. Species are going extinct at rates equaled only five times in the history of life. But the biodiversity crisis we are currently encountering isn’t just a loss of species, it’s also a loss of knowledge regarding them.I am mentioned as one of the "newer" generation of scientists who study species..
I haven't really elaborated much on my exact scientific expertise. But I am one of the only scientists currently working on classifying and describing new species of asteroids (i.e., starfish or sea stars) on a global scale. There are others, but believe it or not, there are actually more starfish paleontologists (i.e., three to four scientists who work primarily on fossils) than there are those who work on describing living species! Talk about a specialized niche!
To be fair, there are also a miscellaneous number of local specialists and retired scientists who occasionally work on species restricted to their geographic area.
More regular blogging next week!