Two of these publications led by researchers at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), in particular lead author Dr. Claire Régnier and head of Malacology at the museum Dr. Philippe Bouchet, received substantial press attention. Fortunately, Dr. Cowie, a co-author on both papers, was available to handle the onslaught of press attention. Unfortunately, the interviewers got a fair amount of the details wrong and in some cases misattributing information and using stock photos of invasive species in the place of native Hawaiian ones provided by Dr. Yeung (Bishop Museum) and Dr. Hayes. The most glaring oversight with these pieces was the failure to fully acknowledge the lead author in both these publications, Dr. Régnier . While all co-authors contributed significantly to the work that went into these publications, the ideas and impetus for these studies grew from Dr. Régnier's work as a PhD student with Dr. Bouchet, and the lion's share of the acknowledgement should go to them for these excellent and well received publications. Let's hope we can continue to draw considerable attention to the plight of the lesser known invertebrate groups that are disappearing at an extraordinary rate.
The two articles are referenced below, including links to the full texts on Researchgate, followed by links to some of the press the research received.
- Régnier, C., Achaz, G., Lambert, A., Cowie, R. H., Bouchet, P., & Fontaine, B. (2015). Mass extinction in poorly known taxa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(25), 7761-7766. (Link)
- Régnier, Claire, Philippe Bouchet, Kenneth A. Hayes, Norine W. Yeung, Carl C. Christensen, Daniel JD Chung, Benoît Fontaine, and Robert H. Cowie. (2015). Extinction in a hyperdiverse endemic Hawaiian land snail family and implications for the underestimation of invertebrate extinction. Conservation Biology. (Link)
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