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. 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. Specimens are available for formal loans to other academic institutions and a loan can be initiated after selecting specimens using our portal.
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 Spring 2017, we have had 23 students work in the Herbarium. Collectively, they typically contribute an entire person-week to our digitization and curation efforts, 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.
Art in the Herbarium
We also support botanical illustration students in the herbarium. All specimens are available for use in various projects, and limited destructive sampling may be permitted in special circumstances.
As of Spring 2017, our entire existing collection is photographed and available online through the SouthEast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (SERNEC) portal. All new collections are now added to the collection as they are dried, mounted and labeled.
Soon, we will be making available quick lists of our inventory. Until then, please see (and use!) our collection for your teaching and research.