The Marshall University Herbarium (MUHW) houses approximately 50,000 vascular plant specimens, and small collections of fungi, algae, non-vascular plants, and fossils. The herbarium is available on an appointment basis as a resource for botanists of all kinds. The Herbarium represents the other 'arm' of research that my lab is involved in. The herbarium supports morphology-based or ecology-based research on plants as well as providing a basis for 'informatics' research using the data associated with the specimens.
The Herbarium has one full-time staff member (Gillespie) and an emeritus faculty member and recently retired curator (Dan Evans), who still works in the Herbarium when he's not busy enjoying his recent retirement.
The Herbarium would be an empty place without our undergraduate Federal Work Study students, who keep things moving. As of Fall 2014, we have nine students (five returning, four new) working in the Herbarium. Collectively, they contribute an entire work week, so we are very glad to have them!
Digitization Efforts in the Herbarium
We began digitizing our Southeastern specimens in February, 2015. Our Federal Work Study students are a critical part of this effort. We also typically have several Independent Study students working in the herbarium each semester, and their projects can be integrated with our digitization efforts.
During Fall 2014, we reorganized our collection according to the Linear Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (LAPG) system. In doing so, we were able to generate a rough estimate of our holdings. These will be updated to the species level as we image our collection: