Zoological Nomenclature

Course description:
Taxonomists need a common language worldwide. This is provided by the international codes of nomenclature. Although several codes exist, according to the organisms at stake, they all follow a similar mode of allocation of names to taxa (through “types”) and of establishment of the valid name for a taxon (priority, first-reviser, usage). As biological nomenclature is rarely taught in academic formations, many taxonomists have difficulties mastering it. This training will provide an overview of the history and epistemology of biological nomenclature, and a discussion of the relationships between phylogeny, taxonomy and nomenclature. The zoological code will be presented in detail, the other codes (including the botanical one) more briefly. The recent problems and projects of nomenclature, including alternative systems, will be discussed.

Lecture topics:

• What is taxonomy? What is nomenclature? Name, taxon, nomenclatural rank, taxonomic category. Species and supraspecific taxa. The relationships between phylogeny, taxonomy and nomenclature
• History and epistemology of the international codes of nomenclature
• The international code of zoological nomenclature
• The other international codes (plants and fungi, bacteria, viruses, cultivated plants)
• The alternative nomenclatural systems

Seminar topics:

• Nomenclature of higher taxa in zoology
• The Phylocode and other phylogenetic nomenclatural systems
• Zoobank and electronic publications

Practical experiences will include: exercises in zoological nomenclature and transforming phylogenetic data into a taxonomy and a nomenclature.

Five days (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day)

22-26 September 2014.

Course language

Target Audience
MSc students, PhD students, postdocs and early career researchers, professional taxonomists interested in refreshing courses or in-depth training in nomenclature

Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, 57 rue Cuvier, 75231 Paris, France

Prof. Alain Dubois, Institute of Systematics, Evolution & Biodiversity, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris

Registration fee
€ 300 (Euros)
Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.

Maximum number of participants
Criteria for selection will be scientific merit, motivation and usefulness of the training course for your career.

Deadline for registration: 16 June 2014.
Registration is closed.

Payment deadline and details will be provided upon acceptance to the course.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith