News from 2014
September 2014: We recently were awarded NSF funding to facilitate a four-year process of digitizing and databasing the collection. Once complete, the collection will become available digitally, along with other collections in the southeast and beyond, facilitating various kinds of ecological, systematic, and biodiversity research. The grant begins during Fall 2014 and will run for four years. Check back as we get this project underway!
November 2014: We have had a busy couple of years! Our team of undergraduate Federal Work Study Students have been working hard to ready the herbarium for digitization. In the last year and a half, they have collectively mounted and filed approximately 2,000 backlogged specimens. There are many, many more to go...but what a good start! We've also been doing a lot of heavy lifting...rearranging things to make space for imaging equipment and emptying counterspace.
This fall, we re-organized the collection according to the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group, which is the 'modern' way to organize a herbarium. This will make future taxonomic changes more easily managed, but a handy side-effect is that we now have an official family-level inventory of the Herbarium for the ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. This will allow researchers to quickly determine whether our collection can help them in their research!
We've nearly received all of our equipment for imaging, so we'll be starting to photograph specimens right away during Spring 2015. In the meantime, we've begun pulling southeastern specimens and barcoding them.