New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity, 3-volume set
Edited by Dennis P. Gordon
1792pp, set of 3 hardback books
280 x 210mm, 96pp colour illustrations B&W photos & illustrations throughout
New Zealand is the first country to have compiled a checklist of its entire living and fossil biota.
This trilogy provides a review and inventory of New Zealands's entire living and fossil biodiversity - an international effort involving 238 New Zealand and overseas specialists and the most comprehensive of its kind in the world. Together, the three volumes list every one of the approximately 56,120 living and 14,700 fossil species of New Zealand's plants, animal, fungi and micro-organisms.
These volumes are affiliated with Species 2000, an 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.
'The three-volume work New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity offers a first full review of the country's entire known species of animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms.' Paloma Migone, Waikato Times
Dr Dennis Gordon is a Principal Scientist at the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, where he led a marine biodiversity research group for 13 years. He was trained as a marine biologist, and his major research interest is the systematics, biology, and phylogeny of living and fossil Bryozoa.
Beyond this group, Dennis has a broad interest in all of life, and serves on the international teams that are respectively co-ordinating the production of the Catalogue of Life and the World Register of Marine Species.
He is immediate past chairman of the Royal Society of New Zealand Committee on Biodiversity and a current member of the New Zealand Association of Scientists council.
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.