Author(s): DENNIS P. GORDON
This volume is the third in the trilogy that provides a review and inventory of New Zealand's entire living and fossil biodiversity - an international effort involving more than 220 New Zealand and overseas specialists and the most comprehensive of its kind in the world. Together, the three volumes list every one of almost 55,000 known species of New Zealand's animals, plants, and micro-organisms. These volumes are affiliated with Species 2000, and international scientific project with the long-term goal of enumerating all described species on Earth into one seamless list - the Catalogue of Life, a kind of online biological telephone directory.
Dr Dennis Gordon FLS is a Principal Scientist at the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA), where he led a marine biodiversity research group for 13 years. Dennis serves on the international teams that are respectively co-coordinating the production of the Catalogue of Life and the World Register of Marine Species. He is a past chairman of the Royal Society of New Zealand Committee on Biodiversity. In 2005 he was recipient of the prestigious New Zealand Marine Sciences Society Award for his lifetime contribution to the advancement of marine science in New Zealand.