Federal Agencies Using Systematics


A number of Federal agencies are mandated to develop systematic knowledge, and many regulatory agencies depend on its availability to complete their missions. These agencies work in collaboration with national and international museums, universities, and the private sector. Collections maintained and curated by Federal agencies provide invaluable information to a diverse national and international constituency. This Federal systematics capacity provides a first line of defense against inadvertent and intentional introduction of invasive species.



Mycologist examining large fungi specimens. Photo by Scott Bauer. ARS Photo Gallery Scientific Collections: Mission-Critical Infrastructure for Federal Science Agencies (PDF | 4 MB)

Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections

The report describes the scope of scientific collections under the stewardship of the federal government and how they are used to carry out critical government functions. The report identifies the long-term stewardship needs for these collections.


Department of Agriculture (USDA)

USDA agencies conduct systematics research, maintain major systematics resources and collections, and use systematics as part of their regulatory and land management programs.


Department of the Interior (DOI)

DOI agencies conduct systematics research, maintain important collections and use systematics as part of their wildlife management and land management programs.


Smithsonian Institution (SI)

The Smithsonian Institution conducts systematics research, maintains important collections, and uses systematics in its collaborative work with other Federal agencies including USDA, DOI, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Federal Aviation Administration.