With thanks to UA students and assistants Brittany Wohl,
Courtney Klopper, Brett Baxter, and Kayla Arendt, we are in the final
phases of our reorganization effort. After completing our database and
relocating thousands of unaccessioned specimens, our team is reboxing,
relabeling, and repairing damaged materials, relaxing the collection in
our new cabinets, and organizing the specimens for easy access. Stay
tuned for updates later in spring 2012!
Photographic slide collection scanned
Through the efforts of UA students Courtney Klopper and Emily
Hendershot, our thousands of photographic slides -- including images of
fungi, hosts, collecting localities, and generations of mycologists are
now scanned into high-quality formats and will be available online
starting in 2012.
Welcome, new Herbarium staff!
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Jana U'Ren and Kayla Arendt
as new members of our Herbarium team. Check out 'Herbarium Personnel'
to learn more about Jana and Kayla.
Herbarium collaboration in NSF Dimensions of
With thanks to the National Science Foundation we are
delighted to collaborate with a multi-institution award to evaluate
biodiversity of endophytic fungi in boreal biomes. Linking genetic,
genomic, taxonomic, and functional diversity, the circumboreal study
brings together the expertise of colleagues at Duke University, the
University of Minnesota, and NC State. ARIZ will serve as a depository
for lichen and plant specimens, and will host the anticipated 7000
cultures that we hope to obtain in surveys across six countries. Learn
more about the project at www.endobiodiversity.org.
New cabinets and compactors installed!
With support from the National Science Foundation and the
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, our new cabinets and
compactors are now installed in the Mycological Herbarium! Our storage
capacity for specimens has nearly doubled and we are moving back in
after a very exciting few months. You can see images of the process here.
Many thanks are due to our army of volunteers and staff: Brittany Wohl,
Dustin Sandberg, Darren Stensrud, Max Xiong, Nandi Devan, Erika Untch,
Phornpoj Intarakamhang, Mali Gunatilaka, and members of the Arnold lab
who pitched in to move things to and from the Herbarium and our storage
facilities! (Spring 2010)
NSF BRC grant will bring new cabinets, compactors, and
outreach to ARIZ!
With PI Shelley McMahon and co-PI Phil Jenkins, I'm delighted
to report that we have received support from the National Science
Foundation through the Biological Research Collections program to
protect fungal and plant collections in peril at the University of
Arizona Campus Herbarium. Insect abatement, relaxation of the
collection, puchase and installation of cabinets and compactors...all
will be underway in the next three years! The goal is to protect,
maintain, and expand our world-class and priceless collections of
fungi, lichens, vascular plants, and bryophytes. Updates to follow as
this massive undertaking gets underway! (2009-2011)
Herbarium use statistics
Data regarding the activities of the Mycological Herbarium
(2005-September, 2007), including tours, facilities use by visiting
researchers, loans, and other activities, can be dowloaded here. (Spring 2008)
New teaching resources available!
We are delighted to announce the posting of two new teaching
resources: our teaching collection (specimens) and our photographic
collection (available as slides or as digital files). Both can be
accessed via our new Teaching Resources
page. (Fall 2007)
Welcome, Fabiola Santos!
We are delighted to welcome our part-time curatorial
assistant, Fabiola Santos, who joined the Herbarium in 2006. Fabiola
will coordinate development of our teaching collection, assist with
curatorial maintenance and new accessions, and continue our efforts to
repackage and update specimens in need of attention. Welcome, Fabiola!
Move to Herring Hall
the summer of 2005, the Mycological Herbarium moved to Herring Hall,
the second-oldest building on the UA campus. The new setting provides
excellent space for viewing and working with specimens. To learn more
about Herring and the Herbarium's move there, please see...
Mycological Herbarium featured in Agricultural
Experiment Station Research Report
Susan McGinley wrote a terrific piece about ARIZ, the UA
Campus Herbarium (including both the vascular plant and mycological
herbaria). The article highlights our collections, the importance of
herbaria, and the ways in which our herbaria are used. To read Susan's
article, please see...
Article ("Archiving Ecosystems")
Mycological Herbarium dedicated to Dr. Robert L.
The Robert L. Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium was formally
dedicated by mycologists, plant pathologists, and our friends and
colleagues on Friday, March 11, 2005, as a prelude to the Deep Hypha
meeting. Read the press release by Mari Jensen at...