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John Franklin Lewis Herbarium

Curator Robert S. Whyte

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Our department's herbarium is used to store pressed, mounted, and indentified plant specimens for use in several of our classes.

In January 2002, much of the herbarium was poorly organized.  Several work-study students (Brandon Ludrosky, Joe Waggett, and Scott McBurney) helped organize existing species, genera, and family folders during the Spring 2002 semester.  After these initial efforts, 87 families were represented and properly organized.  However, many specimens were still unclassified in two herbarium cabinets and scattered throughout several laboratories.  These specimens were properly filed in December 2002/January 2003, and 39 families were added to the original 87 for a total of 126 represented families.

In January 2003, Adam Hnatkovitch and Joe Waggett started helping to mount, identify, and label specimens that had been collected and "stockpiled" over the last 25 years by past students and faculty.  In February 2003, we also started repairing and confirming the identification of all previously mounted specimens.  Specimen data are now being cataloged within a herbarium database.

JFL Herbarium Goes "International"

In May 2003, two specimens of Vincetoxicum nigrum (formerly Cynanchum nigrum) were lent to Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada's DAO (Department of Agriculture, Ottawa) Vascular Plant Herbarium (http://www.agr.gc.ca/index_e.php) for use in a research project documenting the geographic distribution of this invasive species.

Fall 2002 Collaboration Among Biology and Computer Science Faculty and Students

BIO 336:Plant Taxonomy
During the Fall 2002 semester, each student in the BIO 336: Plant Taxonomy class was required to properly collect, preserve, and label specimens of 20 different plant species from at least 10 different families.

CSC 101: Microcomputers and Application Software
Under the direction of Paul Sible (Mathematics & Computer Science department), several Cal U students in a CSC 101: Microcomputers and Application Software class (Darci Abraham, Mark Briner, Judy Panian, Elizabeth Wilde) created a MS-Access database in which herbarium specimen data could be entered and organized.

Plant Taxonomy students subsequently entered their plan collection data in the database at the end of the semester.

Access the Database

The database can be accessed on the Cal U website.  It is searchable by a number of variables, such as family genus, city, county, and state.