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Biodiversity Informatics & Herbarium Digitization

Treanor, Matt [1], Stoughton, Thomas [1].

Cataloguing and data collection for Plymouth State University Herbarium (PSH).

In today’s world of technology and instant information, some may argue that physical information centers (i.e., libraries, museums, archives) are now obsolete. The Plymouth State University Herbarium (PSH) is one such information center that was actively utilized from the 1960’s to 1980’s, but was forgotten after a previous curator retired, until it was rediscovered in the summer of 2016. The immediate task at hand was to assess the value of PSH, first in terms of its possible utilization for teaching botany-related courses, and second in terms of its representation of the flora of New England. We hypothesized that there would be close to 4000 specimens in total based on coarse visual analysis. We also predicted that at least 50 percent of the New England angiosperm flora would be represented in our collection. We began this study by first organizing all specimens alphabetically by family, genus, species, and intraspecific taxon if applicable. Next, we checked the taxonomy to verify and update the specimen names and validity. We found that a total of 5,631 angiosperm specimens were present, almost half of which are historic (> 50 years old). We also found that 70 percent of New England's angiosperm flora is represented. As student collections are incorporated, PSH collections will not only increase in size and diversity, but can also help to increase the notability of the herbarium as well as the plant sciences program at Plymouth State University. The existence and utilization of PSH can emphasize to current and future students the importance of physical information centers to education and research.


Related Links:
Plymouth State University Herbarium homepage


1 - Plymouth State University, Biology, 17 High Street, MSC 48, Plymouth, NH, 03264, USA

Keywords:
angiosperms
biodiversity
collections
digitization
herbarium
herbarium specimens
New England.

Presentation Type: Poster
Number: PBI005
Abstract ID:425
Candidate for Awards:None


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