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The Scientific Fishery: Sampling, Dissecting, and Drawing in the Gulf of Naples

The Scientific Fishery: Sampling, Dissecting, and Drawing in the Gulf of Naples

Chapter:
(p.144) Six The Scientific Fishery: Sampling, Dissecting, and Drawing in the Gulf of Naples
Source:
Why Study Biology by the Sea?
Author(s):
Katharina Steiner
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226673097.003.0007

This article introduces the Naples Zoological Station’s research program. It offers a new perspective on the Station’s practices of knowledge production, spanning laboratory and field. Against the backdrop of the Station’s monograph-series, Fauna und Flora des Golfes von Neapel und seiner angrenzenden Meeresgebiete, representing the program in published form, I focus on the work of Wilhelm Giesbrecht, a longstanding researcher at the Station, to explore the program’s epistemic and institutional dimensions. I argue that the Station’s sampling operations, while representing a service infrastructure for guest researchers, was primarily built around its research program. I also show that within the Station, sampling marine invertebrates not only served guest researchers’ needs but was developed to pursue the program’s goal of systematic sampling the Tyrrhenian Sea. This involved ecology as part of a new taxonomy done at the Station.

Keywords:   Taxonomy, Research program, Marine invertebrates

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