Past Symposia

jlw_20121018_037_0August 4, 2016

The Society of Herbarium Curators and ASPT sponsored a half-day symposium to encourage broader discussion and sharing among the membership about issues related to herbarium management, sustainability, and visibility. More than 50 participants attended.

Two themes were selected based on a poll of the herbarium community that occurred in early Fall 2015:
I. Successful models for communicating the importance of herbaria to decision-makers within universities, government and other institutions and
II. Digital herbarium “big data” resources: their curation and use in research.


8:00-8:15: Andrea Weeks, Introductory Remarks [ Download PDF ]

8:15–8:40: Barbara Thiers – William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, New York Botanical Garden, “Preserving for perpetuity in a changing world.” [ Download PDF ]

8:40–9:05: Brent Mishler – University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley, “The Consortium of California Herbaria: Integrating curation, information, and research.” [ Download PDF ]

9:05–9:30: John Nelson – A.C. Moore Herbarium, University of South Carolina, “How the A. C. Moore Herbarium was brought from the unknown and unimportant to a place of high respect by the university and society.” [ Download PDF ]

9:30–9:55: Lena Struwe – Chrysler Herbarium, Rutgers University, “The Herbarium Army at Rutgers – creating opportunities in research, education, and outreach at a university herbarium.”

10:15–10:40: Neil Snow – T.M. Sperry Herbarium, Pittsburg State University, “Reference collections in herbaria: A versatile but underutilized tool to enhance teaching, outreach and research.” [ Download PDF ]

10:40–11:05: Anna Monfils – Central Michigan University Herbarium, “Lessons learned in building educational networks that incorporate natural history collections.”

11:05–11:30: Wendy B. Zomlefer – University of Georgia Herbarium, “Best-practices for hosting regional herbarium curator workshops.”

11:30–11:55: Austin Mast – Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium, Florida State University, “The Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) event—a global stage for your herbarium.” [ Download PDF ]